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Thinking about straightening teeth? it’s likely that you’ll have a choice between Invisalign vs braces. But which do you choose?

In this post, we’ll give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. So let’s dive straight in… 


Invisalign vs braces – the differences explained…

Everyone knows traditional braces and if they haven’t experienced wearing them themselves then it’s highly likely that they know someone who has. Bracket and wire style braces have been around for centuries in one form or another and over the years have proven to be effective at fixing a variety of mild to complex cases including bite misalignments. 

Traditional braces are permanently fixed in the mouth for the duration of treatment and teeth are moved using a series of tensioning wires which apply gentle sustained pressure to move them into their desired position. Modern varieties are more lightweight, less visible and more comfortable than their predecessors.

pros cons invisalign vs braces rockhamptonAlternatively, clear aligners such as Invisalign are a relatively new concept arriving on the scene in the late 1990s. Rather than one single appliance permanently fixed to the mouth, Invisalign patients can expect to wear multiple aligners throughout their treatment (sometimes as many as 40). 

Each Invisalign aligner is custom-made using clear BPA-free plastic and is designed to be worn over the teeth just like you would a mouthguard. Each aligner moves teeth in the same way as traditional braces by applying gentle sustained pressure but without the need for brackets and wiring. Designed to be removed when eating, drinking and cleaning your teeth, Invisalign aligners are incredibly discreet. 


Invisalign vs braces – The similarities

Invisalign can treat many of the cases that traditional braces can, although in most cases when a tooth movement is one of a cosmetic choice, such as a slight tooth gap or unsightly, uneven spacing, many people opt for Invisalign over traditional braces because treatment is typically faster. 

Also while conventional metal braces are ideal for teens and adults alike, so too are Invisalign aligners. While adults are understandably after something more discreet from their teeth straightening treatment, more and more teens are opting for invisible orthodontic treatments too.  

Then, there’s the braces vs Invisalign cost… Invisalign may initially be more expensive than conventional stainless steel braces but if patients are considering anything other than these, such as tooth-coloured ceramic braces or lingual (behind the teeth) orthodontic appliances, then the price can be similar. 

Finally, when it comes to braces vs Invisalign, it’s worth remembering that whatever treatment you have, you will be required to wear a retainer after treatment is complete until the teeth have fully stabilised into their new positions. 


So, Invisalign vs braces –  which is better?

It really does depend upon the complexity of your case, your current lifestyle choices and your budget. However, Invisalign clear aligners represent a level of flexibility and discreetness that you simply don’t get with traditional braces. 

If you need to choose between Invisalign vs braces and are still a little unsure, come and talk to the team at A2Z Dental. We will take a look at your orthodontic situation and discuss what is best for you, taking into account your needs and requirements.

Schedule a smile consultation today or call us on Rockhampton: (07) 4243 6018 or Emerald: (07) 4243 6035 and take the first steps towards a straighter, healthier smile.