Invisalign and braces are two orthodontic devices that work to straighten teeth. Invisalign is a series of clear aligners, which you’ll change every few weeks as your teeth shift position. Braces are metal brackets that attach to the front of each tooth and then anchored on the back with wires or elastics.
Invisalign is one of the most popular options for orthodontic treatment. It’s a clear, removable aligner that can be worn during all your daily activities. The alignment of teeth moves gradually with each new set of aligners over time. Braces are an option but they’re not as discreet or affordable as Invisalign, and usually require more visits to the dentist every 6 months to ensure everything is still moving in the right direction.
Which one should you get? Well, it depends on your needs. If you want something less noticeable than braces, then Invisalign might be best for you; and if you have some specific concerns about your teeth that need some extra attention while wearing braces (such as if there are gap between your teeth), then braces might be the better option.
Here are four key differences between Invisalign and braces to help decide the ideal option for you:
1. Treatment Time
Invisalign typically requires less treatment time than braces, often 12 months or less. For people with more complicated orthodontic needs, braces may be a better option as they offer a wider range of treatment options. However, for most people who need minor tooth realignment, Invisalign is the best choice.
One of the major benefits of Invisalign over braces is that they are much less visible and can be worn discreetly without anyone knowing you’re straightening your teeth. Braces are metal brackets that are attached to the front of each tooth and are very noticeable – especially when you smile. If you’re self-conscious about your teeth or want a more discreet treatment, Invisalign is the better choice.
One downside of braces is that they can be difficult to keep clean – food often gets trapped in the brackets and wires and can be difficult to remove. Invisalign aligners are removable so you can take them out and brush your teeth as normal – making it much easier to keep your teeth clean while you’re wearing them.
Invisalign is typically more affordable than braces, although this varies depending on your specific situation. Speak to your dentist to get a quote for both treatments and see which option is best for you financially.
There are many factors to consider when deciding which orthodontic treatment is best for you. Your dentist will be able to offer guidance on what they think would work the best, but it’s important that you do your own research too. If you’re not sure whether you should get braces or not, then I recommend checking out the braces pros and cons. If you’re looking into Invisalign treatment or traditional metal braces, one factor is how much time and money each option takes out of your day-to-day life.
Another consideration might be if there are any specific types of dental issues that need attention before starting an orthodontic treatment plan in order to avoid complications down the road. To know what your options are, we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.