Invisalign vs Braces Questions and Answers
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When it comes to choosing between Invisalign and traditional braces, the ideal choice of many is likely Invisalign. However, there are some instances where traditional braces are the better or more realistic option. At the same time, both types of orthodontic treatment can provide excellent teeth straightening and realigning results. We are proud to offer both types of orthodontic treatments at Canatella Dental in Metairie and New Orleans, Louisiana. To help you figure out which orthodontic treatment is the best for you, we have answered some commonly asked questions about the pros and cons of Invisalign and traditional braces below!
What is the difference between Invisalign and Braces?
There are several differences between Invisalign and traditional metal braces. However, the most notable difference between Invisalign and traditional braces is the appearance of the two appliances. Invisalign uses transparent aligner trays that are virtually undetectable to the naked eye, while traditional braces use metal brackets that are often more noticeable than the wearer would like them to be!
Another difference between Invisalign and conventional braces concerns the way each orthodontic appliance is worn. Whereas traditional braces use metal brackets that are glued to each tooth and connected by wires, Invisalign uses removable plastic aligner trays to shift teeth into their proper position. As such, the applied force of metal braces is also stronger than that of Invisalign trays.
There are certainly pros and cons to the removable aspect of Invisalign trays, as it can be convenient when eating certain foods, but remembering to remove and clean them each day or switch them out every two weeks can have its inconveniences. In contrast, braces do not have to be taken out each day and do not require special cleaning habits but can prevent you from eating certain foods.
Which is more effective, braces or Invisalign?
Both conventional braces and Invisalign trays are highly effective at straightening teeth. However, since traditional braces apply more force than Invisalign trays, they are more effective at remedying complex issues where teeth need to be rotated or moved vertically.
Moreover, Invisalign trays are only as effective as the patient allows them to be, meaning that if the trays are not worn as directed, they will not be effective. At the same time, if the Invisalign trays are worn as directed, they can be highly effective at treating mild to moderate misalignment or bite issues. With that in mind, the benefits of Invisalign likely outweigh conventional braces for mild to moderate misalignment or bite issues. However, traditional metal braces are more effective than Invisalign trays for complex misalignment or bite issues.
Is Invisalign faster than braces?
When Invisalign trays are worn as directed, they typically produce faster results than conventional braces. The average time individuals wear traditional metal braces is 18 months to 3 years, compared with six to 18 months with Invisalign trays.
What costs more, braces or Invisalign?
On average, Invisalign treatment costs slightly more than traditional braces. However, the cost of either varies according to the severity of the patient’s orthodontic issues. If you would like to know our specific price ranges for Invisalign treatment and traditional braces, please feel free to get in touch with us! A member of our friendly administrative team would be happy to answer any of your financial-related questions with regard to traditional braces and Invisalign treatment.
For an appointment, more information about Invisalign and braces, or help to decide which is right for you, we would love to help you out at Canatella Dental! Please feel free to call us, or you can schedule an appointment through our website. We serve patients from Metairie LA, New Orleans LA, Harahan LA, Jackson Square LA, Bella Chasse LA, St. Bernard LA, Meraux LA, Chalmette LA, Jefferson LA, River Ridge LA, and Kenner LA.
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