Does Invisalign Provide Better Treatment Than Braces?

Does Invisalign Provide Better Treatment Than Braces?

People who want straighter smiles often have to choose between getting Invisalign aligners and braces. While braces use brackets and wires to straighten the teeth, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays. This begs the question: Is Invisalign more effective than braces? The answer is simple: none of the treatments work better than the other – they only work differently. The point is to know which option is more suitable for your condition.

Overview of Invisalign and braces

To fully understand the differences between metal braces and Invisalign, it is vital to understand how the two options work.

Invisalign system uses transparent aligner trays to move the teeth to their proper position. Although they are removable, the patient must wear them for a minimum of 22 hours daily, swapping them out for a new pair after two weeks – this will continue until treatment ends. The estimated treatment duration is between nine months to one year, depending on the condition.

Metal braces use metal brackets that are bonded to the patient’s teeth and connected with an archwire that runs the entire length if the smile to put force on the teeth. Every few weeks, the patient will visit the dentist to adjust or tighten the braces as they move the teeth into correct alignment.

Deciding the appropriate treatment

In many situations, Invisalign and braces are both effective treatment options. However, although they both have the same uses, there are significant differences between them. It is difficult to say that Invisalign is more effective than braces. The choice between the two options boils down to the following factors:

The severity of the condition

When it comes to deciding which treatment is more effective, the severity of the patient’s condition is the foremost deciding factor. Invisalign and metal braces are equally effective for moderate teeth misalignments, such as crooked teeth, gapped teeth, open bite, underbite and overbite.

As the case gets severe, it becomes more imperative to turn to metal braces because Invisalign lacks the required component to achieve the required results. Metal braces can rotate the teeth and shift the jawline, as it is important in cases like malocclusions, crossbites and severely crooked teeth. Still, the only way to be sure that Invisalign will not work for a particular case is to meet with a dentist for a consultation.


Some people want to keep the teeth straightening treatment to themselves. In this case, Invisalign might be a better choice because they are barely noticeable. Metal braces are conspicuous and visible. Teenagers and adults may want to stick with clear aligners for this reason.

Oral care

The major challenge with braces is that they make cleaning the teeth difficult. With the brackets and wires running over the teeth, it is almost impossible to brush and floss the teeth properly. With the Invisalign system, it is easier to remove the trays to clean the teeth.

In conclusion

Invisalign and braces can treat most cases effectively, especially if it is not severe. Patients can choose based on personal preferences and the dentist’s recommendation. Book an appointment to get detailed insight into the treatment options.

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