Traditional Braces vs Invisalign; What’s the Right Choice for Me?

If you or someone you know has crooked or crowded teeth, you may be wondering what is the best method to fix them.

In 1728, French dentist Pierre Fauchard, who is often credited with inventing modern orthodontics, published a book entitled “The Surgeon Dentist” on methods of straightening teeth leading.

Orthodontics is the treatment of irregularities in the teeth (especially of alignment and occlusion) and jaws and includes the application of braces.

Modern braces come with different variation of materials like, metal (traditional braces), ceramic braces, lingual braces and self-ligating braces.

But you may have heard there’s another alternative to traditional braces called Invisalign…

And you might first wonder, “What’s an Invisalign? “

Also called “clear aligners”, Invisalign was invented in 1997 by two Harvard students, Zia Christi and Kelsey Wirth. These two brilliant people invented and founded the Align Technology®.

Invisalign is also classified as a brace, though they do not look like traditional braces as they are clear, and nearly invisible, thus the name.


A woman putting in her Invisalign
  1. The dentist takes a 3D image of your mouth and shows you using software what your smile will look like after the treatment
  2. Multiple aligners are made to take your teeth from where they are to where you want them to be over the course of the treatment, a little change at a time
  3. Invisalign are transparent and therefore most people won’t notice you’re wearing them
  4. They can be removed easily
  5. Easier to continue regular dental hygiene, brush and floss as normal (meaning do it daily)
  6. Custom trimmed to gum line for a more comfortable fit
  7. Often take less time than traditional braces

Traditional Braces

  1. Effective method to straighten even severely maligned teeth
  2. Made from high-grade stainless steel
  3. Tends to be more affordable than Invisalign
  4. Dentists usually recommend traditional braces for those who have overcrowded teeth
  5. Better choice for people who can’t or won’t remember to wear their Invisalign 22 hours a day.

Invisalign is an innovative class of braces but it is not a perfect tool. Though it is a high-tech tool for fixing your smile it still has its drawbacks. For example: it turns yellow when you casually smoke or drink soda, it is often more expensive than traditional braces, and you must remember to put them in and remove them while eating.

a smiling mouth with traditional metal wire braces
traditional braces

Traditional braces are the “go to” for many dentists especially for teenagers and children. Same as Invisalign, traditional braces are not perfect either. There are issues with eating; especially crunchy and sticky foods, wires tend to loosen, it usually takes 1 – 3 years depending on the patient’s case. These are just some examples of the cons of having traditional braces.

Whichever method you choose, don’t hesitate to gain the confidence and healthier life that a beautiful, straight smile can bring. We would love to help you achieve this.

CLICK HERE to visit our website at or call 587 805 3094 today to book your assessment and start on the path to a fabulous smile.

Is Invisalign Teen an Option for Your Child?

If you happen to have a child who needs braces sooner rather than later, metal brackets aren’t your only option. There’s one more to consider and this might just be what you and your dentist agree is the best solution for your child. Invisalign Teen works the same way as regular Invisalign does, except it’s specifically made with teens in mind.

Ah, teenagers. You gotta love them. But, sometimes you wonder how they make it out of the house with socks on. They forget their homework, forget to feed the dog…and sometimes yes, forget to put their traditional Invisalign trays in.


That’s the beauty of Invisalign Teen!

Each set of Invisalign Teen aligner trays comes with a built-in sensor to let you AND your dentist know your child is using them correctly.

There’s been a lot of thought that went into the design of the Invisalign Teen. The best part is you won’t have to worry about your child forgetting to wear their Invisalign trays for the prescribed amount of time each day.

So, if your teen needs braces and you want to be certain they are wearing them; Invisalign Teen might just be your answer.

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? Getting Started With Your Child’s Oral Health – The Parent’s Guide, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.


Also, for more information, to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094  or click here to visit our website.

Give Yourself a Gift – A Beautiful Smile No One Will See Coming…

With the holiday season and all the gift giving over, now is the time to take a minute and think about something for you. A beautiful smile!

You know you have a problem with having crooked teeth. You’ve been meaning to have it taken care of but the thought of wearing braces just doesn’t excite you. And yet, here you are, at the end of another year, and nothing’s been done.

Well, what if there was a way for you to get your straight white smile for the new year, but without wearing braces?  Would you do it?

This is just as good.

Treat yourself to a straight smile with Invisalign
Treat yourself to a straight smile with Invisalign

The Invisalign straightening system is one that is becoming very popular. It replaces metal wires and brackets with transparent plastic trays. Over time, the trays gently push your teeth into place.

And the trays are practically invisible. No need to be concerned about the cosmetic concerns you might have about wearing conventional braces to do the job.

In addition, since the trays are easily removable, you can continue to eat, drink, brush and floss your teeth as normal.

This is the perfect gift to give yourself. A way to finally straighten your crooked teeth, but without looking like you’re wearing metal braces to get the job done. No one will see your beautiful smile coming!

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Consumer’s Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.


Also, for more information, to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094 or click here to visit our website.

South Airdrie Smiles Invisalign – Invisible braces option for straighter teeth

Our last few blog posts have covered the various types of braces available, should you (or your child) have a desire for straighter teeth. So far we’ve covered the metal brackets every one associates with “braces” when they think of them and ceramic options.

While we won’t know which option is best for you or your child until they’re ready to have an orthodontic exam, another option that may be possible is Invisalign.

The Invisalign straightening system is one that has proven to be very popular as it replaces metal wires with transparent plastic trays that gently push teeth into place over time. The teeth straightening trays are practically invisible, eliminating any concerns about the cosmetic appearances associated with braces. Invisalign also allows anyone wearing them to eat, drink, and clean their teeth as normal, since the straightening trays are easily removable.

This option is one of the most preferred for adults who have orthodontic needs, but we see a lot of younger patients who express interest in them as well.

The best part? No one will know you have “braces”! It’s so discreet, many of our team members are currently getting it done and patients have no clue until we tell them. It’s perfect for people who don’t want to have pictures of them in braces at important events like weddings or graduations.

Want to know if your South Airdrie Smiles Dental Clinic thinks Invisalign may be an option? Give our friendly staff a call at 587-805-3094 (New Patients) or 587-819-5206 (Existing Patients).