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BRACES VS. INVISALIGN®

Braces vs. Invisalign®

Braces
  • Permanent, highly visible brackets and wires
  • Appointment intervals every 5-7 weeks last 30-40 minutes
  • Pain or discomfort after adjustments can last 2-3 days
  • Requires excellent oral hygiene to avoid decalcification leading to permanent stains on teeth
  • Must avoid eating hard, sticky, and chewy foods to minimize risk of broken appliances
  • Requires additional time and effort to properly clean
  • Appointments to fix broken brackets and poking wires are unexpected and often inconvenient
Invisalign® Clear Aligners
  • Nearly invisible, removable
  • Appointment intervals every 12-16 weeks last 15-25 minutes
  • Mostly comfortable (pressure and discomfort sometimes present at the start but very minimal when advancing to next aligners)
  • Precisely-controlled tooth movement
  • No risk of permanent stains (white spot decalcification) from poor hygiene
  • No food restrictions
  • Brush and floss teeth as normal
  • More suitable for patients with crowns and other dental work (bridges, fillings, etc.)
  • Can be used as mouthguard for most sports
  • Clinically shown to have shorter treatment times
  • Ideal for open bite correction