For NYC patients who are considering braces vs Invisalign to straighten their teeth or your kid’s teeth, you may have many questions. What are the costs, which is more effective and how long is each treatment? So, are braces or Invisalign the better choice for you or your child? Read the information below to learn more.
Braces vs Invisalign
Both braces and Invisalign were designed to help straighten teeth while improving your smile.
Braces are made of metal brackets that are glued to your teeth and tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. Nowadays, you can get brackets to more closely match your enamel color which makes them more discrete. or you can get them in different colors.
Invisalign, on the other hand, is designed to be invisible. Clear aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic are worn over your teeth to gently move and correct your teeth. Dr. Jacquie Smiles uses X-rays, pictures, and digital impressions to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth to configure and customize your aligner trays.
Braces vs Invisalign, Which Will Work Best for You?
While both braces and Invisalign can help straighten your teeth, they both have pros and cons.
Can’t decide between Invisalign vs braces? Dr. Jacquie Smiles has created a detailed brace vs Invisalign comparison chart below for her NYC patients.
|Braces (irremovable)||vs||Invisalign (removable)|
|24/7 for an average of 2 years, depending on patient needs||Treatment time||22-24 hrs/day for 6 to 18 months, depending on patient needs|
|$1,800-$5,500||Cost||Average of $5,000|
|Brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth; water pick may be helpful.||Maintenance||Invisalign Cleaning system, or brushing and rinsing trays in luke warm water|
|About every month||Follow up visits||Change aligner trays every 2 weeks; visits every 4 to 6 weeks|
|Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night||Follow up to treatment||Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night|
|Patients who play rough contact sports on a regular basis||NOT ideal for||