No longer are people limited by their options to straighten their teeth; braces and Invisalign are common picks that have their own benefits and drawbacks. But which is better: Invisalign or braces? We break down the arguments to help you choose one of those two below.
Which is Better: Invisalign or Braces? Consider Choosing Braces
While there are often other methods for straightening teeth if you only have minor issues, braces are really the best (and often only) option if you have more severely rotated teeth. This is especially true if the teeth that need to be straightened are your bicuspids. Invisalign trays don’t easily grip onto this type of tooth and therefore are less likely to produce the desired results. Plus, braces apply even pressure on your teeth, unlike Invisalign trays that put more pressure on the upper part of the tooth.
In order to see results as quickly as possible, choosing a method that you can stick with and commit to is important. Because braces can’t be removed, they’re an especially good choice for kids or teenagers who may be tempted to remove them more often if given the opportunity.
While they don’t look the same now as they did centuries ago (thank goodness), braces have been around for ages and have been refined over the years to look and feel the way they do today. They are often chosen for their ability to resolve crooked, twisted, or overlapping teeth, and turning many mouths into smiles people are confident to show off.
The Benefits of Invisalign Over Braces
Invisalign is a relatively new piece of orthodontic technology. For those that don’t know, Invisalign uses a series of custom, 3D–modeled, transparent trays that shift your teeth back into place.
One of the biggest benefits and reasons people choose Invisalign is their look. While effective, braces can make some people self-conscious every time they open their mouths. Because Invisalign trays are transparent, it’s not immediately obvious someone is wearing them, especially from far away.
A benefit many people love is the ability to remove the trays and brush and floss their teeth easily which is more challenging for people with braces. However, it’s important to only remove your Invisalign trays for moments when it’s absolutely necessary, otherwise, the effectiveness of them is lost.
Because certain foods can get stuck in braces, you’re limited to what you can eat. However, when determining which is better: Invisalign or braces, Invisalign clearly has braces beat in this category because you can eat any food. As mentioned above, Invisalign trays come right out so you can enjoy any meal, brush, floss, and then put the tray right back in.
Finally, while both Invisalign and braces will cause some discomfort while your mouth adjusts to them, the smooth surface of Invisalign trays won’t rub your gums or jab your mouth. Unlike braces, which are notorious for causing discomfort until your mouth adjusts.
The Cost of Each Treatment
While we always recommend choosing the option that best matches your specific oral health needs recommended by our orthodontists, cost is definitely a factor that may influence your choice. The final price of each treatment will be determined by how severely your teeth need to be straightened, or in the case of Invisalign, how many trays you will need. The cost of treatment will vary depending on how much or little treatment your teeth need in order to move to the appropriate spot in the mouth.
When deciding which is better: Invisalign or braces, the answer isn’t cut and dry. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks and you should choose the best option for your oral health and take into account the recommendation of your orthodontist.