Traditionally if you wanted to achieve straighter-looking teeth, metal braces were the only option available. Today this couldn’t be further from the truth thanks to the innovations in orthodontics.

With an increased number of choices to choose from, what teeth straightening treatment is best for you?

This guide will break down and compare Invisalign treatment to traditional metal braces to help you make an informed decision.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a teeth straightening treatment that uses plastic clear aligners. The clear aligners are clear in colour and designed to gradually straighten the teeth without metal wires.

They are custom-made for each patient by creating a three-dimensional scan of their mouth. Over the course of the treatment, the patient will wear a series of clear removable aligners that aim to transform their teeth.

What are braces?

Braces are a traditional tooth straightening method that is used to improve the appearance of crooked teeth. Usually, braces are made from metal, but you can now choose ceramic braces too.

The brace is connected by inserting a wire through the metal brackets that are bonded to the outside of the teeth. Metal wires apply pressure to the teeth, so they move and realign.

What are the similarities and differences between dental treatments?

Both traditional braces and Invisalign aim to straighten your teeth over the course of the treatment. By using either of these teeth straightening methods, you can achieve a new, improved, and more confident smile.

Invisalign and metal braces are different teeth straightening techniques that use different orthodontic materials to fix crooked or unaligned teeth.

Comparison guide in terms of:

Speed

Every patient will have different alignment and orthodontic issues that need to be reset using braces or Invisalign. Because of this, there is no ‘one size fits all when it comes to determining how long your teeth straightening treatment will take.

Typically, metal braces are faster at closing gaps and realigning teeth in comparison to Invisalign. Braces are bonded to the teeth so focus on straightening your teeth around the clock whereas Invisalign relies on disciplined patients.

Cost

Usually, Invisalign is a more expensive treatment when compared to braces. This is due to the advancement of three-dimensional scans, high-quality materials, and the lab fees involved in creating custom aligners.

Comfort

Invisalign is reported to offer more comfort than traditional metal braces. During Invisalign pressure can be relieved from your teeth by removing the aligners.

However, whether you choose Invisalign or braces the realignment and straightening process may cause some pain.

Effectiveness

Due to the skill and experience of Orthodontists, traditional braces are believed to offer better and more effective results.

Braces can be applied to every patient to fix most orthodontic issues. Whereas Invisalign may not be effective for those who have misshapen teeth or any previous dental implants or bridges.

Appearance

The overall look of Invisalign is subtle and less noticeable than wired braces which is good for a natural appearance. Metal braces are known to be a prominent feature on your face and can cause adults or older teens to become self-conscious.

For this reason, Invisalign is a popular straightening technique and a great alternative to metal braces.

Eating restrictions

Due to removing Invisalign when eating and drinking, there is no food or drink restrictions. Whereas Orthodontists usually advise brace patients to avoid sticky, hard foods and sugary drinks.

Cleaning

Cleaning with braces proves to be more difficult with braces than with Invisalign. Teeth must be brushed and flossed properly during braces treatment to prevent the build-up of plaque around the brackets. Your orthodontist will give you the correct advice on how to brush and floss with braces.

Invisalign aligners should be removed for cleaning and brushing the teeth so you can continue to clean like normal.

Maintenance

Braces should be maintained by the patient through correct and efficient cleaning. Invisalign aligners should be brushed like teeth using a toothbrush and water every day and night to keep them fresh and clean.

Eligibility

Traditional braces are suitable for all treatments no matter how severe or difficult. Whether you have one or multiple dental issues, braces can be used to fix each one.

However, factors such as your age, commitment to the process, and the severity of the dental issue can determine your eligibility for Invisalign.

If you have large gaps or heavily rotated teeth, Invisalign treatment may struggle to effectively fix the problem.

Benefits

Metal braces straighten teeth faster, more effectively, and at a lower cost. But Invisalign offers a discreet appearance, flexibility, and increased comfort.

Which is better?

Both teeth straightening methods can offer patients an improved, straighter smile through their individual techniques.

The best option for the patient can depend on their current dental situation, budget, and lifestyle.

Final thoughts

There is a lot to consider when choosing between traditional braces and Invisalign treatment. Speak to your orthodontist who could offer expert advice to make your decision easier.

For more information about Invisalign and whether it is the right treatment for you, get in touch with us today. At Dental Boutique 23 we offer comfortable and fast teeth straightening solutions for anyone with misaligned teeth.