Invisalign vs. Braces, Which One is Better for You?

Invisalign versus braces, that has been a golden topic since the two teeth straightening methods became popular.

We’re sure you’ve heard of both but we’re also certain that you still have questions running through your head regarding the process about each treatment.

These questions can range from the broad spectrum questions to the more product detailed ones.

Let’s talk about the most important questions that we can answer right away:

  • What is it?
  • How do they work?
  • Which is better?
  • How much do they cost?
  • Does it work?

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a dental technology created by Align Technology back in 1997.

Back in those days, braces, which are metal wires and brackets designed to straighten teeth, were the go-to treatment for teeth alignment for teens and adults. 

Align Technology came out with a new dental technology that changed the orthodontics industry.

It’s what people called the “invisible” way of correcting teeth.

Invisalign is a more modern way of simply and comfortably straightening your teeth to give you the perfect smile, while braces are more of correcting bites, gaps and other more complicated alignment issues.

How do they Work?

Braces have been around since the 17th century.

You probably didn’t know that, right?

That’s why we exist. We’re all quite familiar with how it works. Dentists put a metal brace around your teeth to realign or correct unnecessary gaps or change your bite appropriately.

Over the years, this method has transitioned and the once ancient metal-lugging look is now more aesthetically appealing and definitely a lot lighter!

The newer tech, Invisalign, pretty much has the same goal in mind: to straighten teeth. The way it works is similar to braces and only differs in the method and material. Braces uses metal wires, brackets and rubbers. Invisalign uses aligner trays that do not have a single shred of metal.

Invisalign aligners are customized to fit the user’s teeth perfectly to induce pre-calculated movement around the user’s teeth and have to be changed every 2 weeks or so to guarantee proper alignment.

Braces are worn 24/7 and are adjusted every month or more depending on the movement.

Which is Better?

Deciding which is better is a matter of personal preference. If you want something faster, more comfortable and obscure, Invisalign is definitely for you.

But if you prefer something that you don’t have to keep track of and more affordable, traditional braces are probably more up your alley.

Of course, you can consult an orthodontist. But for the sake of your pre-consultation knowledge, let’s enumerate their differences.

Braces

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Treatment Time

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    Roughly 24 months depending on the patient’s needs
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    Worn 24/7
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    Approximately 6-18 months depending on severity of misalignment
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    Worn at least 22hrs daily

Maintenance

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    Regular brushing, flossing or picking between wires and gaps required
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    Monthly adjustment and/or wire and rubber replacements
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    Aligner trays must be taken off every meal or everytime any liquid aside from water is consumed
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    Brushing required every after meal before worn again
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    Must be changed every 2 weeks with doctor visits every 4-6 weeks

Comfort 

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    Can cause mouth sores and pain when adjusted Food particles get stuck
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    Can be aesthetically unpleasant for some
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    Extremely comfortable
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    Invisible or obscure
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    Smooth surface eliminates getting mouth sores
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    Removable so eating and cleaning is easy

Responsibility Level 

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    Moderate
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    Only requires regular brushing, picking and flossing
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    Regular rubber attachment upon Dr’s advice
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    Intermediate
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    Needs extra attentiveness because it’s removable
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    Has great risk of getting lost, thrown away or left behind

Cost

Approximately between $3000-$5500

Approximately between $3600-$8000

Ideal For

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    People who don’t play close contact sports
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    Patients who need bite correction
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    TMJ patients
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    People who don’t want to worry of misplacing trays
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    Users who want something invisible
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    Patients who want faster results
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    Patients without other dental complications like vertical movement needs, bridgework or back tooth bite issues

How much do they cost?

As shown on the table, braces can cost between $1800 to $5500 depending on the severity of teeth crookedness and misalignment. You also need to factor in other costs like if a tooth needs to be extracted to make more room for adjustment.

Invisalign definitely is on the higher spectrum of costs at an average of $6500 but also promises faster results. If your dental insurance covers the treatment or you are not minutely concerned by the costs, why not opt for that and get it over with quicker?

Does it work?

Let’s look at their figures. Invisalign has been in the market since 2001 and has been steadily earning decently since.

To be roughly accurate, Invisalign currently has treated more than 2.4 million patients and have more than 80,000 trained dentists.

Based on the numbers, the public is attesting to the products value for money and effectivity. The success rate for both teeth alignment methods solely depends on the patient’s discipline and sense of responsibility.

Both methods work in realignment; there’s no doubt about that.

The crux is which path do you take?

Author Bio:

Friendly Dental Group of South Park is a preferred Invisalign provider who you can consult and can answer your questions about the two treatments.

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