Cosmetic Dentistry

How Does Invisalign Compare To Traditional Braces? Comparing Your Options

If you want to correct your smile in Wilmington or Porters Neck, you may be wondering if Invisalign or traditional braces are a better option for you. In this guide from Thrive Family Dental, we’ll compare the comfort, treatment time, cost, and overall versatility of braces and Invisalign. Read on and get the information you need. 

Invisalign Vs. Braces – Comfort & Convenience

Overall, Invisalign is a lot more comfortable and convenient than braces. This is because you can remove Invisalign to brush and floss, and to eat and drink. This means you can easily clean your teeth, and there are no dietary restrictions, unlike with braces.

In addition, Invisalign tends to be a more comfortable treatment because there are no metal components that may poke or irritate your gums, lips, cheeks, or other oral tissues. 

Invisalign Vs. Braces – Treatment Time

Overall, Invisalign usually beats traditional braces when it comes to treatment time. Invisalign takes about 12 months for most patients, while braces usually take at least 12-18 months to deliver similar results. 

Invisalign Vs. Braces – Treatment Cost

Invisalign and braces are very comparable in cost, but Invisalign tends to be slightly more expensive. However, each patient is very different, so there’s no way to give an “average” cost for both treatments. If you’d like to learn more about each treatment and its costs, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Ben Friberg at Thrive Family Dental. 

Invisalign Vs. Braces – Versatility 

There is one area where braces are far superior to Invisalign, that’s in the overall versatility of orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is ideal for minor-to-moderate orthodontic issues, but its capabilities are more limited compared to braces.

In contrast, braces are extremely versatile. When combined with other orthodontic treatments and surgeries, they can resolve even the most serious bite problems, straighten crooked teeth, and even out crowded teeth. If you have major issues with your smile, braces will usually be the better overall option for you. 

Invisalign Vs. Braces – Subtlety Of Treatment 

Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth perfectly. It’s completely invisible when worn, and will not affect your speech or your appearance. 

This is a big advantage compared to braces. Traditional braces use metal bands, brackets, and wires, as well as rubber bands that are very obvious when worn, and will affect your appearance. 

This makes Invisalign a preferred choice for older adults, or for anyone who would like to avoid the appearance of traditional braces. 

Interested In Invisalign? Need Help Choosing The Right Treatment? Contact Us! 

At Thrive Family Dental, Dr. Ben Friberg can help you explore your options for orthodontic treatment in Wilmington and Porters Neck. To get started, just contact us online or give us a call at (910) 240-4797. 

At your appointment, our Wilmington, NC dentist will evaluate your teeth and your bite, discuss your options, and help you determine if orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is right for you. So get in touch now, and take the first steps toward a healthier smile.

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