In a recent survey, 28% of people said they were considering an orthodontic/teeth straightening treatment.
The three main reasons for people considering teeth straightening were to correct crooked teeth, look better/improve their appearance and increase their confidence.
Whatever your reason for straightening your teeth, there are various ways to go about it, including traditional braces and Invisalign. In this blog, we’ll explain the difference between both, so you can decide which treatment is right for you.
How are braces and Invisalign similar?
Braces and Invisalign are similar in that they are both effective treatment options for correcting minor orthodontic issues (such as crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, jaw position and problems with spacing or crowding).
Invisalign and braces must be worn all day; however, Invisalign aligners can be removed when eating. Another similarity between the two teeth straightening treatments is that they take an average of 16 months (although this can differ on a case-by-case basis, and generally, braces take longer to straighten teeth).
Importantly, both require you to follow the instructions given by your dentist about wearing, cleaning and maintaining oral health.
What is the difference between Invisalign and braces?
A key difference between Invisalign and braces is how they work and adjust your teeth.
Traditional braces use metal brackets and high-tech wires to adjust the teeth’s positioning. Elastics are also used in the teeth alignment process.
Invisalign uses clear aligners (custom-made to fit your mouth) to move teeth into position. These aligners are changed weekly to adjust the positioning of your teeth.
What is the difference in cost?
Both teeth straightening treatments vary in cost, depending on the complexity of your orthodontic issues and the type of appliance you choose.
Braces can cost between £1,075 and £5,000, while Invisalign can cost between £2,500 and £7,000. If you want to know more about Mola Dental’s private fees, you can find it here.
What is the difference in treatment time between Invisalign and braces?
The treatment time for Invisalign is often quicker than traditional braces, with some people seeing the results they want in just six months!
However, like traditional braces, treatment times vary depending on your teeth. Invisalign treatment time can be between six to 18 months; at your Invisalign consultation, your dentist will tell you how long you’ll need to wear the Invisalign aligners.
Traditional braces are often fitted for an average of 16 to 18 months. Depending on the severity of their orthodontic issues, some people may need them for longer, such as two years or more.
It’s also worth noting that Invisalign offers a more flexible treatment option, as you can wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day, whereas traditional braces need to be worn for the duration of the treatment.
Which is more effective?
Traditional braces and Invisalign are both effective treatment options for straightening your teeth, improving your smile and oral health, and boosting your confidence.
Invisalign is more effective for moderate crowding of the front teeth and is a more comfortable straightening method. In comparison, braces are more effective for severe crookedness and are often a better choice for children.
Why do people prefer Invisalign over braces?
Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign has many benefits, which may be why people prefer this treatment option.
People prefer Invisalign aligners over braces because they offer a more comfortable option, both physically and mentally. The Invisalign aligners don’t use brackets or wires, which makes them more comfortable to wear. The clear aligners are also almost invisible, so you won’t feel self-conscious about wearing them.
Another reason people prefer Invisalign is because the treatment time is typically quicker than traditional braces (depending on your teeth and orthodontic issue).
And what’s more, Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can eat without worrying about getting food stuck in them and take care of your teeth as usual.
Which option is right for you?
Choosing between both options depends on your preferences and what treatment works best for your teeth. Your dentist can discuss treatment options and determine which is the best choice for you.
If you’re thinking about straightening your teeth, improving your smile and boosting your confidence, get in touch with us today.