Posted On: June 15, 2023 by Dr. Fariba Kalantari
Invisalign has taken off in recent years as an alternative to traditional metal braces. The system promises to straighten your teeth without hiding your smile behind metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands. But does this promise and the explosion in popularity mean they’re the better choice?
In this article, we look at Invisalign and what it has to offer orthodontic patients and compare the system to traditional braces. You can use this information to decide for yourself if Invisalign is better than braces for your needs.
Invisalign is a brand of clear orthodontic liners that can help straighten teeth produced by Align Technology. There are other brands of clear orthodontic liners, but Invisalign is often used as a catchall term in the way that Kleenex is used to refer to tissues. The system first came on the market in 1998 after receiving FDA approval. To date, more than 12 million people have used Invisalign for orthodontic care.
Invisalign works by using a series of rigid molds to gradually straighten teeth. While traditional metal braces use wires to pull teeth into place, Invisalign molds apply steady, controlled force to move teeth into place.
Patients change to new liners every one to two weeks with Invisalign, provided they wear them for the recommended 20 to 22 hours per day. This is because Invisalign is a progressive, stepped system. Each liner is only a slight change from the previous one.
Despite the growing popularity of Invisalign and other tray systems, traditional metal braces are still widely in use. That is because they still offer a few advantages over the newer technology and may be a better fit for some patients’ preferences.
In the following section, we’ll compare the benefits and drawbacks of both systems to help you evaluate which is right for you.
Metal braces are still the preferred choice of many due to the advantages they offer. However, they do come with some significant downsides worth considering.
Traditional braces have a few noteworthy advantages over Invisalign. These include:
Braces also have a few downsides compared to Invisalign, including:
The popularity of Invisalign is a good indicator that they have a lot to offer orthodontic patients. But there are also some major disadvantages when compared to traditional braces.
There are several significant benefits to using Invisalign over braces, including:
There are also some drawbacks to the Invisalign system worth considering. These include:
The question you ask shouldn’t be, “Is Invisalign better than braces?” Instead, you should ask which is better for you. The answer depends on your orthodontic needs, personal habits, and preferences.
Invisalign may be better for you if you are responsible about wearing them and cleaning your teeth thoroughly. They’re also a better choice if you don’t like the look of traditional braces or think you may feel self-conscious while wearing them.
If you want to get the best results and do so quickly, braces are the better choice. They’re also more hands-off than Invisalign, so they can be a better choice for people who aren’t as diligent about wearing them. If you have significant orthodontic issues, braces may be your only choice.
Speak to orthodontist to see what your options are and what they think might be the right decision for you. Then, consider your own goals, preferences, and habits to decide whether Invisalign is better than braces for you.
Is it better to get braces or Invisalign?
Whether braces or Invisalign is better for you depends on your orthodontic needs, your personal habits, and your preferences. Braces tend to be better for people who have more significant issues with their teeth and work faster than Invisalign. Invisalign is often better for people who don’t like the look of braces and responsible enough to manage their treatment on their own.
Is Invisalign faster than braces?
Invisalign typically is not faster than braces. Braces can apply more force to teeth and, as a result, can achieve the desired result much more quickly than Invisalign.
Do braces hurt more than Invisalign?
Braces typically cause more pain than Invisalign due to the amount of force they apply to teeth. Patients can experience significant aches and soreness in their teeth and gums after adjustments. Invisalign, on the other hand, doesn’t apply as much pressure and doesn’t cause as much pain.
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