Teeth straightening with our dentist MacKay

Teeth straightening has a beneficial impact on the appearance of your smile as well as your dental health. There are many different ways to straighten your teeth with our dentist Mackay thanks to significant advances in dental technology. Speak to us at Northern Beaches Dental if you are looking to address the misalignment issues of your teeth. Our dentist Mackay will carry out a smile assessment and a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and we will be able to decide on the best method of teeth straightening for you.


Traditional braces versus clear aligners for teeth straightening

There are two main ways of straightening teeth. Firstly you can use the traditional form of braces which consist of metal brackets and wires that are fixed to the surface of your teeth or you can speak to us at Northern Beaches Dental and find out about straightening your teeth with clear aligners. Our dentist Mackay recommends Invisalign clear aligners for teeth straightening. Both types of teeth straightening allow you to achieve a beautiful straight smile. Both have advantages and disadvantages and our dentist Mackay will be able to decide which is the most suitable for you.

Metal braces are recommended for those with complex orthodontic issues. The disadvantage of metal braces is that they are very obvious in the mouth. If you are worried about drawing further attention to your teeth then metal braces may not be the most suitable option for you. In stark contrast, invisalign clear aligners, as the name suggests, are almost invisible in the mouth and you can undergo dental treatment at your complete discretion. Invisalign aligners are clear thermoplastic aligners and therefore they can only be detected by a trained eye.

A significant advantage of Invisalign aligners is that they do not affect your dietary choices and you can enjoy your favourite food and drink without any cause for concern. This is because clear aligners are removable and you take them out of your mouth at mealtimes. With metal braces you have to be more careful with your choice of food and drink. Certain food can become stuck within the brackets or wires whilst others may damage the braces. It is also important that you maintain excellent dental hygiene with both types of braces. With metal braces it is not as easy to clean your teeth or floss between your teeth whereas with invisalign aligners you can maintain a normal dental hygiene routine as well as clean the aligners each time you take them out of your mouth. Metal braces can increase your risk of tooth decay or gum disease therefore it is important that you visit our dentist Mackay on a regular basis to make sure that your teeth remain clean and healthy throughout the process.

As mentioned the advantage of metal braces is that they can address complex orthodontic issues whereas aligners are better suited for mild or moderate issues. Because of this metal braces may need to be worn for a longer period of time whereas invisalign aligners have an average treatment time of 6 to 12-months. Speak to us at Northern beaches dental today and find out more about straightening your teeth with invisalign aligners or traditional braces depending on your dental requirements and what is best for you.


All treatments carry risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.