Both braces and Invisalign exude a consistent, gentle force on the teeth to shift them into proper alignment. However, there are several significant differences in the treatment process, including:
While traditional braces are made up of metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands, Invisalign uses personalized clear trays, similar to ClearCorrect®, that are worn on the top and bottom teeth. Traditional braces are affixed to the teeth but Invisalign's trays are removable. Patients are required to wear the trays at least 22 hours each day but can eat an unrestricted diet and clean their teeth like they normally would.
Both teeth straightening treatments can address a broad spectrum of issues but Invisalign may not be appropriate for certain cases, such as:
- Severely rotated teeth
- Exceptionally large gaps
- Steep overbite
- Excessive overcrowding
- Impacted teeth
During your consultation, Dr. Murray or Dr. Alexander will conduct a detailed evaluation using the latest technology to precisely identify alignment issues and make personalized recommendations.
While the treatment timeline for each patient can vary significantly, Invisalign is typically faster than braces. In most cases, patients are required to wear their clear aligners for about nine months to one year, whereas braces are usually needed for about two years. The duration of your treatment will depend on the severity of malocclusion and your compliance with recommended guidelines, among other factors.
While Invisalign often provides more discreet, comfortable treatment in a shorter timespan, it is not ideal for every patient.
Evaluate Your Habits and Lifestyle
Since you will be undergoing orthodontic treatment for roughly a year or more, lifestyle considerations are an important aspect of the decision-making process. You may want to consider:
- Important Events in the Near Future
- If you are planning a wedding or have another major life event in the near future, you may want to consider Invisalign. Since the clear aligners are removable, you can commemorate the occasion looking and feeling your best.
- Patient Compliance & Responsibility
- Invisalign aligners can become misplaced or broken. While Invisalign can provide replacement aligners, this can affect your treatment outcome. You must also be responsible enough to closely follow treatment guidelines.
- Athletic Activities
- If you participate in a contact sport, you may be more likely to suffer an injury while wearing braces as the metal wires and brackets can cut your lips and gums. Invisalign is made of a smooth plastic that is generally gentler and less abrasive.
Our team is happy to answer any further questions or concerns you may have to help you make an educated decision.
Choose the Best Treatment
Drs. Murray and Alexander always strive to serve our patients' best interests and will evaluate a variety of factors when providing a recommendation. Contact us online or call us at (404) 762-5770 to learn more about your options.