Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Compare for yourself to see whether traditional braces or Invisalign is best for you.

It is not that one works better than the other, they simply work differently.

Patients who opt for Invisalign wear a custom-made series of clear plastic aligners over their teeth that they change every two weeks, which gently shift their teeth into place, based on the exact movements their orthodontist plans out. With traditional braces, brackets made of metal or ceramic are attached to each tooth with bonding material, and the thin metal arch wire that runs from bracket to bracket is tightened to put pressure on the teeth so they gradually move according to the treatment plan.

There are a couple of obvious differences. Traditional braces are permanent since they are bonded to your teeth, while Invisalign clear aligners are removable (although it is recommended to leave them in at least 20 to 22 hours a day and only remove for brushing and eating).

The other noticeable difference is that Invisalign is made with a clear plastic material that is virtually invisible for others to see, while traditional braces are usually silver or available in other colors for people who want to make a fashion statement by choosing bold colors.

The overall treatment time for both varies depending on each patient. However, patients with Invisalign usually have to come in the office every 10 to 12 weeks, and those with braces are scheduled office visits every eight weeks.

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