Cosmetic Dentistry

With so many amazing benefits, we can’t blame you for wondering if Invisalign works as well as traditional braces? Well, we can assure you that both Invisalign and traditional braces work towards the same result, which is to straighten your teeth and improve oral health. The main difference is merely in the process used by each method to achieve the goal. Whether one works better than the other would depend on the needs of a patient. We explain the differences between the two options to help you decide which you prefer.

What’s the difference between Invisalign and braces?

As we mentioned above, both Invisalign and traditional braces work towards the same final result, which is to straighten teeth and improve your oral health. The key differences between these two treatments are the process of how they straighten teeth. Braces involve metal brackets being glued to the enamel of each tooth. Wiring is then manoeuvred between the brackets in order to mould and shape teeth. This wiring can either be the same colour as your teeth to be discreet or the patient can choose different colours, if they prefer.

On the other hand, Invisalign does exactly what its name suggests – it is made to be invisible and therefore, the more discrete option of the two. Invisalign involves using clear aligner trays made of plastic which allow for subtle and gradual teeth movement. This plastic used is smooth and comfortable, to ensure the process is easy and trouble free. Rather than using a mould, Invisalign involves 3D imaging of teeth, which ensures that the aligner tray used is a perfect fit.

Traditional braces information

Now you understand the key differences between braces and Invisalign, it’s time to comprehend the key information about each option to better aid understanding. Firstly, we will look at braces:

  • Fixed: Traditional braces are fixed and cannot be removed at any time. They can be ideal for patients who are distressed about potentially losing an Invisalign tray or don’t want the hassle of constantly changing trays.
  • Treatment time: As braces are fixed and not removed at any time during the process, the treatment is often quicker than Invisalign, but this obviously varies based on the patients’ particular needs. The range of treatment varies substantially, the quickest being a few months and longest being around 2 years.
  • Cleaning: The cleaning process for braces is straightforward and requires only minor modifications, with regular brushing and flossing being key.
  • Check-ups: With braces, most individuals require a monthly check-up to check the progress that is occurring and to know whether any changes are needed.
  • Price: The private price of traditional braces varies greatly from £1500 to £6000.
  • Aftercare: The aftercare for traditional braces is typically a retainer which is used every night directly following the treatment, and then on a more infrequent basis later on.
  • Effectiveness: This treatment is highly effective for many issues ranging from minor issues to the more complex.

Invisalign information

  • Non-fixed: Invisalign treatment is non-fixed and can be removed, when necessary, which can be a major benefit. This is because it can allow food and drink to be consumed without worrying about the impact on your device.
  • Appearance: The appearance of Invisalign retainers is effectively invisible. This is ideal for those of older ages who don’t want to be judged, but still want to straighten their teeth. The treatment can be completely discreet, and it will not noticeably alter your appearance.
  • Comfort: Comfort is a key benefit of Invisalign treatment, with the trays being carefully formed to ensure it fits nicely into the mouth. Contrastingly, metal braces can cause some discomfort at times, especially where the brackets rub on the inside of your mouth.
  • Treatment time: The length of time required is based on the needs of the patient, but it typically requires close to 24 hours a day use for 6-18 months.
  • Cost: The cost of Invisalign can vary based on the patient but it is typically around £2500 to £4500
  • Cleaning: The cleaning process for Invisalign trays is not highly complex, you can either use an Invisalign cleaning system, or simply brush and rinse with warm water. Cleaning should be done after consuming food or drink as well as in the morning and night-time.
  • Check-ups: There should be regular dental check-ups throughout the Invisalign process, typically every 4-6 weeks. These may be more regular if your particular needs require it.

In conclusion, Invisalign can work as well as braces in particular scenarios however, which one will work best for a patient is based on the specific patient’s needs. These needs are unique in each scenario, for example you may be self-conscious about having braces at an old age and thus Invisalign is perfect as they are effectively invisible. Contrastingly, if you lack self-discipline and want to avoid potentially losing trays, then the permanent option of braces may be best. Perhaps the most important factor is the severity of your situation, as Invisalign is typically only a viable treatment if you have minor issues. Subsequently, braces may be the only option if you have complex issues and require movements that are not possible with Invisalign. If you still need reassuring, contact the team and we’ll chat it through.