Invisalign vs Braces – We reveal the truth about how they compare
Achieving the smile that you’re looking for can be an exciting journey and offers an incredibly satisfying result. However, with a variety of options on the market, knowing what option is best for you and your teeth can quickly become an overwhelming and confusing choice to make.
With the right help, advice and guidance, you can achieve that smile without spending an unnecessary amount of time or effort to do so! From traditional metal braces to Invisalign®, determining which teeth straightening solution is most suitable for you can be a seamless and easy process.
In this article, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of both metal braces and Invisalign® so you can make an informed and knowledgeable decision.
Let’s dive right in.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign® has founded itself on ever-evolving and advanced technology with the help of leading engineers and scientists. Their clear aligners are virtually invisible and help you to achieve the smile that you’re looking for, with a focus on comfort, aesthetic and effectiveness. Having recreated approximately 7 million smiles worldwide, this technology is here to stay.
Invisalign Before & After
Results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
If you’re interested in an alternative to braces, Invisalign® is a very popular solution and one worth looking into.
Invisalign® are great thanks to the comfort they focus on. The invisible aligners can be easily removed and don’t require excessive amounts of time or effort to be spent on broken brackets or wires.
If you’d like to know more about what the advantages of Invisalign® are in comparison to traditional braces, this comparison chart is a great way to do so.
The information included within the chart may help you to determine whether Invisalign® is a suitable teeth-straightening solution for you. Plus, it clearly illustrates the difference between clear aligners and braces, exploring a variety of factors.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Other Clear Aligners
|Easily removable for eating and drinking|
|No emergency visits for broken brackets and wires|
|Easily removable, so you can keep brushing and flossing as usual|
|Made from SmartTrack® material, for more predictable, controlled tooth movements|
|Made from off-the-shelf plastic|
|Made from traditional metal brackets and wires|
|Every aligner is trimmed based on each user’s gum line for better comfort and appearance|
|Blue compliance indicator makes it easy to ensure teens wear aligners enough|
|Covered by many orthodontic insurance plans|
Table source: Invisalign®
As Invisalign® explains, their clear aligners are “Made from SmartTrack® material. This is a patented multi layer copolymer that delivers more gentle constant force for predictable, controlled tooth movements.
Plus, “Every aligner is trimmed based on each user’s gum line for better comfort and appearance” to enhance the effectiveness of Invisalign®. Clear aligners are also virtually invisible, making them an aesthetically-appealing and subtle option.
What are the disadvantages of Invisalign?
Whilst it’s clear that Invisalign® offers great advantages, there are times when Invisalign® may not be a suitable solution due to an individual’s needs and circumstances.
Due to the fact that they are removable, compliance is key. Each aligner needs to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours each day for the treatment to proceed efficiently. If compliance would be an issue, we would suggest opting for traditional fixed braces.
Invisalign® is offered by dentists as well as orthodontists that have undertaken specific training for Invisalign®. Following an initial consultation at The Dental Room, we can help guide you if Invisalign® is deemed the most effective teeth-straightening solution for you.
The traditional approach: braces
Coming as no surprise, the traditional approach to teeth straightening is indeed metal braces. With their metal brackets and wires, they work to align your teeth over time.
Whilst not necessarily the most aesthetically appealing, they are also an effective solution when it comes to achieving your ideal smile.
What are the advantages of braces?
What are the disadvantages of braces?
At The Dental Room, we offer a consultation to discuss this. We were awarded Platinum Invisalign® provider status in 2019 so you know you’re in good hands! Dr Shawn Rama is also a leading cosmetic dentist both nationally and internationally. This means we have the experience you can trust. At your Invisalign® consultation, we will assess your teeth and advise you on the best course of action. We may even discover that there is a more efficient and effective treatment for you! To get started, book your consultation today.