There is a song with lyrics that runs, “I can’t smile without you”, are the singer referring to either braces or Invisalign? Because obviously, if he is not having perfect sets of teeth, braces or Invisalign can help him smile anytime.

Braces and Invisalign are both created to strengthen and put your teeth in its proper position.  Off course you cannot have both on your teeth so you keep on asking which is more effective and slightly more affordable. You want to have the procedure done once so you want to choose which works better for you or your kind in the long run.

Braces

Braces have been around for a long time and it already created a reputation of working well for most of those who tried it. On the other hand, Invisalign was first introduced in 2000 so this procedure does not have the same history as braces. Braces have metal brackets being glued to the teeth and are connected together by wires and small rubber bands. Today, there are colors for braces that resemble the natural color of enamel which make it less noticeable.  However, colored braces are also a great way to make a fashion statement for your mouth.

Invisalign

On the other hand, Invisalign is invisible aligner made from smooth, comfortable, clear plastic worn over the teeth.  It gently puts pressure on the teeth to make it move at the right place. Before you will be given your own Invisalign, the dental specialist will use x-rays, pictures and 3D imaging of your teeth to make sure that the aligner fits your teeth perfectly.

To guide you in choosing either braces or Invisalign, here are the most common things being asked and how each one fared in each category:

Color:

  • Braces can be silver or multicolored
  • Invisalign is clear/invisible

Treatment time:

  • Braces- 24/7 for an average of two years
  • Invisalign- 22-24 hours per day for an average of 6 to 18 months

Costs: (on average)

  • Braces- $ 1,800- $5,500
  • Invisalign- $5,000

Maintenance:

  • Braces- needs brushing every after meals and flossing at least once a day
  • Invisalign- Brushing and cleaning with lukewarm water and flossing at least once a day

Follow-up Visits: (this varies from patient to patient)

  • Braces- once a month
  • Invisalign- Change aligner trays every two weeks; visit the dentist every 4 to 6 weeks

Aside from these main differences, remember that braces are not recommended to people engaged in contact sports. On the other hand, Invisalign will not work if you have other dental problems such as bridgework, back tooth bite issues if there is a need to rotate canines or premolars, the need to move teeth vertically and if you are not disciplined to put trays on your teeth for 22 hours every day.