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Invisalign vs Braces

How Invisalign dentists compare braces versus Invisalign

Written by the dentists at Lissauer & Eriks Dental, serving Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach

Invisalign Versus Braces

In the dental field, patients are often asking dentists to compare Invisalign with traditional braces. Although both share the same goal, to align teeth for beautiful esthetics and function, the two techniques are completely different. Invisalign uses successive clear aligners to progressively move teeth, while traditional braces combine brackets with wires to accomplish the desired tooth movements. Below is a comprehensive comparison of the two techniques, looking at the pros, cons, and costs of each.

Invisalign:

Pros:

  • Nearly invisible
  • People barely notice you are going through orthodontic treatment
  • Comfortable and little irritation to the teeth and gums
  • You remove your aligner when eating

Cons

  • Invisalign struggles to accomplish certain types of tooth movements, making Invisalign only the right option in certain situations
  • Requires a motivated patient, since the aligners need to be worn 20-22 hours per day
  • Aligners can be lost easily
  • Costs a considerable amount of money but not necessarily more than traditional braces (Learn more about Invisalign costs.)
Traditional braces:

Pros:

  • Braces efficiently accomplish tooth movements that Invisalign may struggle with
  • Clear braces can be used if the patient is worried about esthetics during treatment
  • For younger patients, different colors can be chosen each visit to place on the braces

Cons:

  • Cannot remove braces when eating, so you need to consistently brush and keep your teeth clean
  • Braces may irritate your gums slightly more so than Invisalign
  • Costs a considerable amount of money but not necessarily more than Invisalign

My view on how Invisalign® has changed dentistry:

Invisalign is certainly one of the greatest dental inventions since I began practicing over twenty-five years ago. Adults that were previously reluctant or embarrassed to have braces are now embracing Invisalign. Best of all, they truly enjoy the Invisalign process. They love watching their teeth gradually move, aligning into a beautiful smile. As a cosmetic dentist, I could not ask for anything better. When combining teeth whitening, veneers and implants with Invisalign, any Smile Makeover is becoming possible. If you have any questions about Invisalign or cosmetic dentistry, please feel free to contact us.

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