Braces vs. Invisalign

Braces vs. Invisalign®

Braces
  • Highly visible brackets and wires, permanent appliances
  • Appointment intervals every 5-7 weeks last 30-40 minutes
  • Pain or discomfort after adjustments can last 2-3 days
  • Stock, non-customized brackets and wires have limited predictability
  • 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 (while brushing and flossing)
  • Appointments to fix broken brackets and poking wires are unexpected and often inconvenient
Clear Aligners (Invisalign)
  • Esthetic (less visible), removable
  • Appointment intervals every 12-16 weeks last 15-25 minutes
  • Mostly comfortable (pressure and discomfort is most common at the start and very minimal after when changing aligners)
  • More 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 an acceptable mouthguard for most sports
  • Clinically shown to have shorter treatment times
  • Ideal for open bite correction