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Invisalign or Braces?

Braces or Invisalign: The Nine Most Frequently Asked Questions

First question is, what about discomfort? Is there a difference between braces and Invisalign?

Well, it depends on each person, everyone is different.

If your parents had braces, you may have seen pictures of them with their mouths full of metal. Today, braces are much less noticeable and are more smooth. Metal braces are still used, but they are much smaller in size, we also offer clear braces. During your treatment you will have a series of wire changes that gently move your teeth into alignment, the wires today are also smaller and more effective than they used to be, which straightens your teeth faster and easier.


Invisalign is custom made aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Angela plans out for you. You will change your aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete.


Second question I get asked is about appearance, and honestly that is pretty obvious.

Thankfully with new-age technology, both clear braces and Invisalign are great tools to straighten your teeth, with little noticeability.


Third question, what about tooth movement? Which works better, braces or Invisalign?

Invisalign and braces move teeth differently. Invisalign results depend on the skill of the doctor and patient compliance. (How often the patient is wearing the aligners)

Braces are placed on the teeth positioned by the doctor, making the movement easily controlled.

Oral hygiene and what about tooth brushing?

Well, with fixed braces pretty much everything you eat will stick around those brackets and wires. With Invisalign you get to remove them, take them out to eat if you want, brush and floss like you normally do and put them back in. There really is no comparison, oral hygiene with invisalign is definitely a plus.


What about what can I eat?

With braces there’s restrictions regarding chewing gum, caramels, taffy and all those hard, chewy, sticky things that can stick to your braces and actually break your wires and brackets. Invisalign, you simply remove them, eat your favorite food and brush your teeth and put your aligners back in. No need to worry about spinach getting stuck between your braces with Invisalign.


What about emergencies?

This is a really big difference especially for parents. Typically with braces you will have emergency visits that require replacement of brackets that are falling off, wires that need to be clipped because they are poking. Often, if you play a sport, you will have injuries related to balls or arms hitting your face. With Invisalign, you have zero emergencies, there is nothing to be broken. If you do get hit in the face with an arm, a hand, a ball, the aligners actually protect your teeth from injury.


Treatment time, how long does it take? Is it much longer with Invisalign?

This question comes up all the time and quite honestly the answer is treatment time is really dependent a lot on the patient’s cooperation. If I have a patient with braces on who is following all of my instructions perfectly and I have an Invisalign patient who is following all my instructions perfectly they typically will finish treatment on time. Patients that don’t wear their aligners and patients that keep breaking their braces, will have longer treatment times. So in regards to treatment time it is very cooperation dependent in both scenarios.


What about cost? Does Invisalign cost more than braces?

In the beginning when Invisalign first came out it was significantly more expensive than braces and that was cost prohibitive for many people. Fortunately with the technology today that Invisalign has developed and the fact that they over 1.5 million patients have had Invisalign, the cost has come down significantly and in our offices is actually the same price as metal braces.


So the final question is what is best for you, braces or Invisalign?

And that is a question that we can only answer when we sit down and actually look over your teeth, your bite and look over your situation. We offer a complimentary exam and consultation and we invite you to call our offices at 561-422-3360 (Palm Beach Gardens),  561-422-3360 (Royal Palm Beach).