Invisalign Vs. Braces

Do you constantly dream about having a perfect smile? Have you always wanted pristine, straight teeth but don’t even know where to begin? Have you thought about Invisalign® or braces before but weren’t sure which would be better for you? If you answered yes to any of the questions, this is for you! A good smile can boost your confidence, attract a potential life partner, and even land a dream job or big promotion. It has been scientifically proven that those with better smiles often get selected over those with worse smiles and the same qualifications when it comes to landing a job or a partner. Now achieving that perfect smile isn’t far away and Invisalign® or braces from your experienced Port Coquitlam dentist can help!

First let’s take a look at how they both work:

How Invisalign® works

Invisalign Clear Braces

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth. Using a custom-made series of aligners created just for you, your teeth are gently maneuvered into the correct positions. These aligner trays consist of smooth, comfortable, and essentially invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. A new set of aligners will be given to you every two weeks until your Invisalign treatment is complete. You will achieve the smile you always dreamed of with little interference of your daily life.

How Braces work

Metal Braces

Braces are the traditional teeth straightening method. It is tried and true process and still offers the most drastic results. Braces consist of metal brackets being glued to your teeth and tied together with wires and small rubber bands. These days you can find brackets that more closely match your enamel colour.

Cost

The cost of braces and Invisalign® are very comparable. Typically speaking, Invisalign® is slightly more expensive however if you have orthodontic coverage, you may be eligible for coverage of your Invisalign® treatment.

Will braces or Invisalign® work better for you?

In order to explore the pros and cons take a look at the chart below:

Braces (irremovable)       Vs.   Invisalign (removable)
Metal-typically silver; can pay extra for colour or enamel color Colour Clear/invisible
24/7 for approximately 2 years, depending on patient needs Treatment time 22-24 hrs. /day for between 6 and 18 months, depending on patient needs
$1,800-$5,500 Cost Average of $5,000
Brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth; water pick may be useful Maintenance Invisalign Cleaning system, or brushing and rinsing trays in warm water
About every month Follow up visits Change aligner trays every 2 weeks; visits every 4 to 6 weeks
Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night Follow up to treatment Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night
More effective for more complex issues

No temptation to leave them out, so less self discipline is needed for success

No extra cleaning steps required besides regular brushing and flossing

Pros Invisible

Removable

No issues with food getting caught

No difficulty eating

No discomfort from wires

May have some pain, sores or discomfort from wires, brackets or tooth movement

May have some tooth discoloration or breakage

May have difficulty eating sticky, hard foods

Cons May have discomfort from tooth movement

Must remove before eating or drinking anything but water

Must brush after each meal to avoid staining

Patients playing rough contact sports regularly NOT ideal for

Patients with:

Bridgework

Back tooth bite issues

The need to rotate canines or premolars

The need to move teeth vertically

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