Invisalign vs Braces
There are other options out there for straightening your teeth, but none offers the level of comfort, convenience and confidence you’ll find with Invisalign. Comparing Invisalign vs braces allows you to see the value of invisible teeth straightening technology.
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
With Invisalign, the aligner trays are not only smooth and comfortable to wear, but they’re also removable. That means you can continue doing all the things you normally would, from brushing and flossing, to eating whatever you like. With other devices, such as braces, brushing and flossing properly can often take up to 30 minutes! The best part about Invisalign, no one will be able to tell you’re using them. Braces, on the other hand, stand out and everyone can see them. Invisalign offers comfort and a confidence boost opposed to braces.
With regular braces, you may experience some or all of the following: pain, discomfort, mouth sores or injuries caused by the brace wires, tooth decay (from inadequate brushing and flossing), plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, tooth/bracket breakage, or difficulty eating.
Many patients have asked about the benefits of veneers when compared to Invisalign. While veneers are certainly an option for improving your smile, they only cover up certain dental imperfections, rather than correct them. This means that some existing periodontal problems could still remain. Applied to the front side of the teeth only, veneers also require the removal of the surface enamel of each tooth — an irreversible procedure. Often considered a quick fix, veneers typically need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years — this can become very expensive in the long run. Coffee, tea and red wine need to be avoided to prevent discoloration, and care must be taken to prevent chipping or breaking the veneer. So while the surface look of the teeth may improve with veneers, the underlying tooth and gum problems could still exist.