Invisalign vs. Braces

Do you wish your teeth were straighter? Do you want to improve the way your smile looks? Have you always dreamed of a Hollywood look? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you have a few different options. The cosmetic dentistry industry would not be flooded with millions of patients each year if everyone were happy with their teeth. Its inevitable, not everyone is going to have perfect teeth to start. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have perfect teeth eventually! The debate rages on as to whether braces or Invisalign is better. If you are considering braces or Invisalign you may have quite a few questions. Which one is more effective? Which one is more affordable? Ultimately, you need to decide which treatment is going to get the job done. In order to help you decide, your trusted Delta dentist will give you answers to some common questions regarding Invisalign and braces.

So what really is Invisalign?

Invisalign

Invisalign is a series of aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic that are worn over your teeth to gently and gradually move your teeth into the correct positions. Your cosmetic dentist or orthodontist will use X-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a spot-on 3-D image of your teeth in order to configure your aligner trays properly.

What are braces?

Braces

Most people probably know what braces are, or have seen them on someone before. However to clarify exactly what they are, braces are defined as metal brackets that are glued to your teeth, tied together with wires and tiny rubber bands in order to gradually move your teeth into the right positions.

What are the pros and cons Invisalign?

Pros

  • Invisible
  • Removable
  • No issues with food getting trapped
  • No discomfort from wires

Cons

  • May experience discomfort from tooth movement
  • Need to be removed before eating or drinking anything except water
  • Must brush after each meal to avoid staining

What are the pros and cons of braces? 

Pros

  • Most effective for complex issues
  • No temptation to leave them off or not wear them
  • No extra cleaning steps aside from brushing and flossing

Cons

  • May experience some pain as a result of wires, brackets, tooth movement
  • May have some tooth discolouration or breakage
  • May experience difficulty eating sticky or hard foods


Which treatment costs more?

Invisalign treatment has an average cost of around $5000 while braces usually have a cost of between $1800 and $5500 depending on the condition of your teeth.

Which treatment works faster?

Braces usually involve a treatment period of 2 years while Invisalign patients usually see results between 6-18 months.

What is the maintenance and follow up required for each treatment?

Invisalign maintenance involves brushing and rinsing out aligner trays with luke-warm water. Braces require regular brushing of brackets and wires while brushing teeth. Follow up visits to your specialist are required every 4-6 weeks with Invisalign and every month with braces.

If you’re still undecided, it may come down to simple factors such as will you feel more comfortable wearing one or the other, will you have the patience to wash your Invisalign trays out, or even simply the associated costs. Whichever treatment you decide on, you will be starting your journey to straighter teeth and a great smile!