Invisalign vs. Braces: Which Teeth Alignment Option is Right for You?

Invisalign vs. Braces

Thinking about cosmetic or functional teeth alignment options? Dental alignments can be a big and sometimes pricey commitment. Unlike teeth whitening, there are many factors from lifestyle, price, to your specific alignment needs. Deciding which approach is best for you is therefore crucial to the success of your long term teeth alignment treatment. Although, you should keep in mind that you should always listen to your dental specialist, and not every option will available depending on the nature of your teeth alignment needs.

 

Invisalign

Invisalign are designed to be invisible! They are comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic trays worn over your teeth which provide some gentle force to align your teeth. Your dental specialists model these trays based on X-rays, impressions, and pictures of your teeth.

Braces

Braces are usually small metal or ceramic brackets which are fixed to your teeth. They work by using wires and rubber bands to pull and push your teeth into alignment. You can get ceramic brackets similar in colour to your teeth enamel, making them more discreet.

 

Invisalign vs. Braces

Consideration  Invisalign Braces
Treatment Effectiveness
  • Generally effective for the majority teeth alignments
  • However, effectiveness may depend on the patients compliance to treatment – this means you get the best result depending on how well you follow the instructions of your specialist
  • Braces are the most effective form of long term teeth alignment
  • Compliance is less of an issue as the braces are fixed in place and cannot be removed
Lifestyle impact
  • One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is that it is removable, meaning you can enjoy all the food you love without worrying about it getting stuck
  • Cleaning and maintenance are important and time-consuming aspect of having braces
  • Failure to adequately clean the braces can lead to poor oral hygiene and bad breath
Treatment Duration
  • 6 -18 months
  • Can depend on adherence to wearing the trays
  • 6 Months – 2 Years
  • Depends on the extent of your alignment needs
Adjustment Frequency
  • You will need to visit your dental specialist every 4-6 weeks for adjustments and new trays
  • Adjustments usually made every 4-6 weeks
Appearance
  • Invisible (clear)
  • White (discrete)
  • Silver
  • Coloured
Cost
  • $5000 – $7500
  • $3500 – $6500

 

Summary

There many factors which influence the best fit for your cosmetic teeth alignment. And as always, you should take the advice of your dental specialist about which option is right for you. In some rare and more drastic teeth and structural alignments, Invisalign may not a viable option. Instead, braces might be favoured in order to get the best long-term outcome. While braces are generally easier on the wallet, they can have more of an impact on your day to day life. If you have any questions be sure to call the experts at The Haberfield Dental Practice on (02) 9797 8080.

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