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Braces vs. Invisalign: Which One Should You Pick?

Posted on June 3, 2021


Are you thinking about straightening your teeth? Or are you looking to fix other dental issues including open bites, overcrowding, spacing of teeth, overbites, chewing issues, or even underbites? Then you will have to get braces. However, it is very easy for one to be torn between two options – normal braces and Invisalign. While ordinary braces are the most popular choice, Invisalign has an over 96% patient satisfaction rate. Still uncertain about which one to pick? Read on to learn more about both.

1. Price

If your main concern is the cost of orthodontic treatment, you may want to get braces. They typically cost less than Invisalign. Invisalign costs are influenced by the number of trays required. If your condition is severe, more trays may be required to straighten your teeth.

Consult your family orthodontist about the price before making a choice. Additionally, if you have dental insurance, get in touch with your insurance provider. They may cover your treatment costs partially or, in rare cases, even entirely.

2. Appearance

The most prominent difference between the two is appearance. Traditional braces are made of a metal wire that is quite obvious. Invisalign, on the other hand, is made of a clear plastic material that isn’t easily noticeable. If your priority is aesthetics, Invisalign is the better option.

3. Comfort

Braces and Invisalign both work by putting pressure onto the teeth to align them. Often, the process may lead to some discomfort. Invisalign may provide more comfort than braces because it exerts less pressure on the teeth. Additionally, if you play contact sports such as American football or basketball, you may want to opt for Invisalign over braces because braces can pose a safety risk if there is harmful contact.

4. Oral Hygiene

The metal wire on traditional braces may make it difficult to brush or floss your teeth normally. With braces, you’ll also have to refrain from taking foods such as nuts, raw carrots, popcorn, and candy. On the other hand, because Invisalign aligners are removable, you won’t experience such worries. You’ll be able to clean your teeth normally, and your diet won’t be limited.

5. Effectiveness

Both alignment methods do a good job at straightening teeth. However, braces are better for severe dental conditions. They are also more effective because they are not removable without a dental procedure. For Invisalign to be effective, it requires great discipline. Ideally, orthodontists recommend the aligners are worn at least 20 to 22 each day. This may be challenging to do.

6. Dental Appointments

Whatever alignment treatment you choose, you should schedule visits to your orthodontist regularly. However, if you pick braces, you’ll need to make visits to the orthodontist’s office more frequently since braces require adjustment.

What’s the Best Teeth Straightening Option?

Ultimately, choosing between braces and Invisalign comes down to personal preference. While braces are more effective for severe conditions and cheaper, Invisalign tends to be more comfortable and less noticeable. Before you choose an option, consult an orthodontist to help you make an informed decision on the best choice.

Ready to get your teeth straightened? Contact Lee Orthodontics to book a free consultation.