Biggest Differences between Invisalign and Braces

Biggest Differences between Invisalign and Braces

Traditional metal braces are still commonly seen today, but Invisalign is increasingly popular. Many people prefer clear braces not only for their appearance but for other characteristics, as well. Below, you can read about the biggest ways in which clear braces differ from metal braces.

Clear Braces Are Discreet

Clear braces use transparent plastic aligners, which make brackets and wires unnecessary. This is ideal for patients who dislike the impact metal braces can have on the smile. As long as patients use their aligners properly and keep them clean, they can expect them to stay virtually invisible throughout each stage of treatment.

Clear Braces Are Faster

Many people do not know that clear braces also work faster than metal braces. Although both treatments vary in length depending on the individual, clear braces tend to be the faster of the two. Clear braces recipients tend to finish treatment in an average of fifteen months, but metal braces wearers take an average of two years.

Clear Braces Are More Comfortable

The absence of brackets and wires in clear braces makes the treatment more comfortable by far. Whereas metal braces are known for causing some abrasion against the inner cheeks, clear braces are smooth enough to avoid this problem. This benefit can be especially important for patients who are athletes.

Clear braces do tend to be more expensive than metal braces. However, many patients feel that the higher price is worth the advantages listed here. Patients can contact our dentist to learn more about how clear braces compare with other braces.

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