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Clear Aligners vs Braces

Braces Pros
  • Teeth will straighten with minimal compliance.
  • Every orthodontist knows how to treat with braces, meaning the results are fairly consistent.
  • Treatment with braces is cheaper relative to Invisalign
Braces Cons
  • It is harder to brush and floss. This may lead to higher risk for gum disease and tooth decay.
  • More diet restrictions to keep braces intact. Breakage leads to prolonged treatment.
  • More discomfort because of metal parts rubbing against lips and cheek.
  • More emergencies due to breakages and discomfort.
  • Requires more frequent visits compared to Invisalign (Every 4-6 weeks).
Aligner Pros
  • Easier to brush and floss teeth
  • Minimal diet restriction
  • More comfortable
  • Almost no emergency visits
  • Requires less office visits. (Every 2 months)
Aligner Cons
  • Requires compliance. Invisalign aligners need to be in the mouth all the time. If it’s not in the mouth, teeth are not moving.
  • Not all orthodontists know how to treat well with Invisalign. It requires extensive learning and experience AFTER orthodontic training.
  • Higher cost due to Invisalign lab fee.