Invisalign versus Braces

When evaluating the use of traditional braces compared to Invisalign, patients often have questions regarding which solution is more effective and affordable. While there is no simple answer as to which solution is better, patients should consult their dentist and select the treatment which works with their lifestyle. Braces and Invisalign both require a significant commitment of time and are a financial investment. This article will review both solutions and discuss frequently asked questions.

Traditional braces and Invisalign were created with the goal of helping patients to improve their oral health, achieve straighter teeth, and a more attractive smile. Invisalign is a relatively new orthodontic treatment option which was first used in the early 2000’s.

With traditional braces, the dentist or orthodontist will glue metal brackets to the teeth. These brackets are then connected with thin, flexible wires and small rubber bands. Through recent enhancements, brackets are now available in various colors, making them less visible and obvious. If the patient is looking to make a statement or demonstrate their personality, various vibrant colors can also be used.

Invisalign, in comparison, uses clear plastic aligner trays. These trays are virtually invisible and are created from a smooth, BPA-free clear plastic. The patient will place the trays over the teeth for a snug fit. The trays gently adjust the teeth as needed. The dentist or orthodontist who is overseeing the treatment will obtain impressions, X-rays, and pictures. They will then create a precise 3-D image of the teeth. This image is used to configure the custom-made aligner trays for the individual patient.

How does Invisalign Work?