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When people hear the word orthodontics, the first thing they’re likely to think of is braces. Braces have been around since the 18th and 19th centuries and have undergone great leaps in complexity and capability since then. One of the prevailing competitors to braces, for example, is Invisalign. It’s essential to know your options before deciding on which avenue to explore so that you can make the best decision. We want to give a quick breakdown of the differences between braces and Invisalign.

Price

The cost of treatment is a priority for many patients and parents. While similar in cost at first glance, traditional braces are usually the more affordable option because Invisalign costs can vary depending on how many trays are needed.

  • Braces cost between $2,500 – $8,000. 
  • Invisalign (usually) costs between $3,500 – $8,000 but does depend on the number of trays required.

Appearance

The most significant difference between braces and Invisalign for most patients is appearance. Unfortunately for braces, Invisalign wins this battle every time. Where braces are readily apparent with their shiny metal brackets, Invisalign is virtually undetectable.

Invisalign trays are made from transparent plastic, where braces are made from metal. One advantage for braces here is that some kids enjoy picking out different colored bands for metal braces, adding an extra layer of customizability. But for the most part, children and adults prefer the appearance of Invisalign.

Comfort

Straightening your teeth is rarely a comfortable experience. Whether you have braces or Invisalign, the process of shifting the alignment of your teeth can sometimes be painful.

While neither can guarantee a pain or discomfort-free experience, Invisalign does tend to be more comfortable than traditional braces. The reduced pressure with Invisalign combined with the sharp edges of braces inch Invisalign to victory here.

Orthodontic Treatment at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry

Adjusting the alignment of your teeth is an investment in the future. While rarely a pleasurable experience at first, wearing braces or an Invisalign can be life-changing. These apparatuses provide patients with more functional and aesthetically pleasing smiles than when they first started their journey. Visit our contact page here or call (412) 274-1126 today for more information.

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