Those of you exploring options for correcting your teeth alignment probably are asking this fundamental question: Invisalign vs braces – which is better? Both treatments are the most popular today and both have their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s explore.
What is Invisalign?
This is one of the most popular questions asked by those considering the Invisalign vs braces debate. Invisalign is a brand name for clear aligners. One of the biggest differences and most obvious advantages Invisalign has over traditional braces is that they are removable.
Invisalign is the clear choice – literally because they are clear, are made of a thermoplastic material and therefore virtually unnoticeable.
What are Traditional Braces?
Traditional braces use brackets are attached to each tooth individually by your orthodontist and remain fixed in place. Brackets attached to your teeth connect wires and bands that provide the tension. Because traditional braces are fixed, the teeth straightening process is not interrupted and the teeth straightening process tends to be quicker.
For adjustments, patients need to physically go to the orthodontic offices to have the bands tightened.
Invisalign vs Braces: Which is Better?
Which treatment option is best for you depends on the individual. From one perspective, Invisaligners are the more comfortable and visually appealing choice. They are easier to clean because they can be removed from your mouth. You worry less about what you eat, and they won’t stain the way ceramic braces do or trap food. They are typically covered by insurance and they are practically invisible.
Traditional braces are the best option for severe teeth alignment issues. (ex: severely crooked teeth, teeth that are varying heights). Traditional braces are also better suitable for those who need the discipline of fixed braces so that the process won’t be interrupted with no option of removing them.
Typically prices are similar for Invisalign and braces.