Braces Vs. Invisalign
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If you are considering braces vs Invisalign to straighten your teeth, or your kid’s teeth, you may have lots of questions. Which is more effective? Which is more affordable? Ultimately, you want to choose the treatment that will work best for you. So are braces or Invisalign which is the best choice for you or your teenager?
Both braces and Invisalign were designed to straighten teeth while improving your smile and oral health. Customers first began using Invisalign in 2000, so this treatment does not yet have the same history as braces.
Braces consist of metal brackets being glued to your teeth, and tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. Nowadays, you can get fasteners to more closely match your enamel color (making them more discrete), or you can get them in color to make a fashion statement with your mouth!
Invisalign, on the other hand, is designed to be invisible. Aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, clear plastic aligners are worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move your teeth. Your specialist will use X-rays, pictures, impressions, or the iTero scanner to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth and to configure your aligner trays accordingly.
While both braces and Invisalign can help straighten teeth, they each have their own pros and cons. Take a look at the braces vs Invisalign comparison chart below.
|Metal-typically silver; can pay extra for color or enamel color||Color||Clear/invisible|
|24/7 for an average of 2 years, depending on patient needs||Treatment time||22-24 hrs/day for 6 to 18 months, depending on patient needs|
|$3,800-$5,500||Cost||Average of $5,500|
|Brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth; water pick may be helpful.||Maintenance||Invisalign Cleaning system, or brushing and rinsing trays in luke warm water|
|About every month||Follow up visits||Change aligner trays every 2 weeks; visits every 6 to 8 weeks|
|Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night||Follow up to treatment||Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night|
Clearly, in comparing braces vs Invisalign, each has their pros and cons. Luckily, you have choices and we hope that this grid will help you make an informed decision when it comes to getting you the smile of your dreams! Please contact us for a complimentary evaluation and we will be able to answer all your questions.