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12 / 07 / 2023

A Comparison of Fixed Orthodontic Treatment and Invisalign

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Choosing the right orthodontic treatment can be a significant decision for individuals seeking to achieve a straighter smile. Seaham Smiles Dental Practice, led by Dr. Robert Hetherington, offers two popular options: fixed orthodontic treatment and Invisalign. In this blog post, we will compare these two treatments, highlighting their benefits and differences, to help you make an informed decision. Additionally, Seaham Smiles Dental Practice provides free initial consultations, allowing you to explore the best option for your unique dental needs.

Fixed Orthodontic Treatment:
Dr. Robert Hetherington, an experienced orthodontist at Seaham Smiles Dental Practice, offers fixed orthodontic treatment, which typically involves the use of braces. Braces consist of metal brackets bonded to the teeth and connected by wires, which are adjusted over time to gradually shift the teeth into proper alignment.

Benefits of Fixed Orthodontic Treatment:

  1. Precise Control: Fixed orthodontic treatment allows for precise control over tooth movement, making it suitable for correcting complex orthodontic issues.
  2. Broad Applicability: Braces can address a wide range of orthodontic concerns, including overcrowding, gaps, bite issues, and misalignments.
  3. Durability: Fixed braces are known for their durability and effectiveness, making them a reliable option for long-term orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign Treatment:
Dr. Robert Hetherington is also a Gold Invisalign provider, offering an alternative to fixed braces. Invisalign is a popular clear aligner system that utilizes a series of custom-made, removable aligners to gradually shift the teeth into the desired position.

Benefits of Invisalign Treatment:

  1. Aesthetics: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, making them a preferred choice for individuals who desire a more discreet orthodontic treatment option.
  2. Removable and Convenient: Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene routines, allowing for greater convenience and flexibility in daily life.
  3. Comfort: The smooth, plastic aligners used in Invisalign treatment typically cause less irritation and discomfort compared to traditional braces, as they do not contain brackets or wires.

Choosing the Right Treatment:
When considering fixed orthodontic treatment or Invisalign at Seaham Smiles Dental Practice, it’s essential to schedule a free initial consultation with Dr. Robert Hetherington. During this consultation, Dr. Hetherington will evaluate your dental condition, discuss your treatment goals, and recommend the most suitable option based on your individual needs.

Factors to Consider:

  1. Complexity of orthodontic Issue: Fixed orthodontic treatment may be more appropriate for complex cases, while Invisalign is often suitable for mild to moderate orthodontic concerns.
  2. Lifestyle and preference: Consider whether the aesthetics, convenience, and removability of Invisalign align with your lifestyle and personal preferences.
  3. Treatment duration: Fixed orthodontic treatment typically requires a longer treatment duration, while Invisalign treatment may offer faster results in some cases.


Seaham Smiles Dental Practice, led by Dr. Robert Hetherington, provides both fixed orthodontic treatment and Invisalign, giving patients a choice between traditional braces and a more discreet, removable aligner system. By offering free initial consultations, patients can explore these options with a skilled orthodontist and make an informed decision based on their individual needs, preferences, and treatment goals. Whether you opt for fixed orthodontic treatment or Invisalign, Seaham Smiles Dental Practice is dedicated to helping you achieve a confident, straight smile.

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