Comparing Invisalign To Standard Braces

Back in the old days, getting braces meant that you would have a mouth full of metal with bars poking every which way. It was cumbersome but necessary to ensure that your teeth would be straight.

These days, however, braces technology has advanced to the point where you don’t have to be late for the airplane every time you go on a trip. Invisalign has transformed the orthodontic community, but how well does it work? Will it work for you? Let’s break it down.

The Basics

If you’re not familiar with Invisalign, this product is a discrete way to mold your teeth. It’s a series of polymer fittings that gently move the teeth into position over time. As they straighten out, you will get different sets of coverings to keep things going.

Regular braces, however, have to be installed. They are glued to the teeth and held in place with wires and rubber bands.

Pros of Invisalign

  • No trouble eating – remove the cover before meals
  • Not noticeable – don’t walk around with a mouth full of metal
  • Less time in your mouth – you only have to wear them for 22 hours out of the day, and treatment lasts just 6-18 months

Cons of Invisalign

  • More expensive than braces (usually)
  • Does not work for all teeth – for example, it can’t work on vertical movement
  • Requires more discipline to get results – constant brushing and replacement of aligner trays

Pros of Braces

  • Can be adapted to fit all mouths
  • Can be less expensive in some cases
  • Can be designed to either be stylish or less noticeable

Cons of Braces

  • Uncomfortable and painful for some patients
  • Takes up to two years for treatment
  • Difficult to clean and maintain

Bottom Line

As you can see, there are some real tangible benefits to going with Invisalign instead of regular braces. At 360 Orthodontics, we will work with you to find the right solution for you or your child. You have options, so contact us today to find out what will work best.