Invisalign vs braces

Which option is best: Invisalign® vs braces

When most people ask us this question they are comparing clear fixed braces with Invisalign aligners. Both options are inconspicuous and provide excellent results, but which is the best brace for the job?

The answer to this question won’t be the same for every patient, and in the end it might come down to your personal preference. That’s not to say that Invisalign and braces don’t have some important differences though, so let’s see how they stack up against each other.

Discreetness

Invisalign is more discreet than bracesIf you’re choosing between two clear braces, discreetness is probably high on your agenda. While both options are inconspicuous, Invisalign is undoubtedly the most ‘invisible’ of the two. And while you do need to wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day, that does give you some time to take your aligners out for eating, drinking and the occasional photo.

Time

Usually the length of your orthodontic treatment will be linked to the complexity of your case. Mild complaints can be treated in just months, while more complex problems can take around 12 to 18 months to finish.

For most patients fixed braces provide quicker results. However, one of the benefits of Invisalign is that thanks to its treatment planning software we can give you an accurate idea of how long your treatment should take.

Cost

It’s hard to compare the cost of Invisalign and braces without considering your individual case. But as a general rule, fixed braces tend to be more affordable.

Our clear braces start from £1,500, while Invisalign i7 treatment starts from £3,000 (although don’t forget to check our special offers). One of the reasons Invisalign can be more expensive than clear braces is because it’s custom made for every patient.

Comfort

Any kind of orthodontic treatment can make your teeth ache slightly at first as they start to move. But when it comes to comfort, Invisalign is the clear winner. Its smooth aligners have been thoughtfully designed, and based on our patients’ feedback they cause very little discomfort.

Fixed braces, on the other hand, can rub the inside of your mouth at first, creating some soreness. This is only temporary, and we can give you some wax to cover any troublesome areas while your mouth adapts to your brace.

Effectiveness

Invisalign isn’t suitable for every patient, but providing you’re a candidate for both options, Invisalign and clear braces both achieve excellent results. To get the most from Invisalign, it’s important to wear your aligners for between 20 and 22 hours a day. If you don’t think that your willpower is up to the job, you might be better suited to fixed braces.

Oral hygiene

Keeping your teeth clean and healthy during your orthodontic treatment is a big priority. With a little extra care and attention you can maintain excellent oral hygiene with both Invisalign and clear braces. Although, Invisalign will make the job much easier; you can simply remove your aligners to brush and floss your teeth as normal.
invisalign-vs-braces-oral-hygieneIn the case of clear braces, you need to navigate around brackets and wires, so it’s important to have the right tools (interdental brushes will be your best friends). To make sure you’re doing a great job, try using disclosing tablets. These clever tablets stain any plaque, so you can see the areas you’re missing when you brush your teeth.

To find out more about the differences between Invisalign and clear braces, and to discover which option is right for you, come and see us for your free no-obligation consultation.