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Invisalign vs Traditional Braces Which is better?

A breakdown of benefits, limitations and how patients rate the two

For decades, metal braces have been your only option for successful orthodontic treatment, however, metal braces are being left behind as more and more adults turn to invisible and removable systems like Invisalign.

Our top orthodontist, Dr Neera Maini uses both straightening tools, but in her expert opinion, which is better?

In the article below, Dr Maini will break down the pros and cons of each treatment, as well as their limitations.

But most importantly, we’ll let you know what real patients had to say about the two, and which they prefer and recommend.

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For decades, metal braces have been your only option for successful orthodontic treatment, however, metal braces are being left behind as more and more adults turn to invisible and removable systems like Invisalign.

Our top orthodontist, Dr Neera Maini uses both straightening tools, but in her expert opinion, which is better?

In the article below, Dr Maini will break down the pros and cons of each treatment, as well as their limitations.

But most importantly, we’ll let you know what real patients had to say about the two, and which they prefer and recommend.

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Which is better in terms of cost?

The cost of both systems in the UK can vary – much the case with cosmetic dentistry and cosmetic braces, different dental practices in locations around the country charge different prices.

Both treatments could cost you from £1,000 to £5,500. Invisalign, on average, usually costs around £4,000 for comprehensive treatments (Invisalign Full).

However, the cost will be dependent on any preliminary work required before we begin, as well as any complex issues that need to be addressed.

This is because they affect the overall treatment length and the number of aligners or require more appointments.

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How do treatment times compare?

One of Invisalign’s main selling points is that they are faster and more discreet than traditional braces.

And as adults can be sometimes mortified at the idea of a mouth full of metal, the shorter treatment times are, the better.

There are different types of Invisalign, which all have varying lengths depending on your oral condition. Treatment times are between 3-18 months.

Whilst Invisalign is faster; you will be required to wear your removable aligners 22 hours a day.

Traditional braces are attached to your teeth permanently and can take two years to deliver results.

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What's more effective?

Invisalign and fixed braces are both are practical tools for straightening teeth.

However, Invisalign might have an edge for better oral health and fighting gum disease, whereas fixed braces can be challenging to clean around.

But Invisalign does have its limitations, where it will be unable to rotate teeth or be effective on severe misalignment issues.

Invisalign is more effective for moderate crowding of the front teeth, whereas traditional braces are still reserved for the most severe bite problems.

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Pros and cons

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What one of our patients had to say:

“When I was a teenager, I had metal braces. But, like a few of my peers, I did not enjoy wearing them for obvious reasons.

The treatment for me was not hugely effective for my overbite. Part of this was my fault as I did not wear my retainers afterwards.

Around ten or so years later, I still even had a bar glued to the back of my teeth, which many dentists refused to remove for me.

At the end of my 20s, I entered a high profile career, where I was involved in presenting a lot. And as I felt very self-conscious about my smile, I used lockdown as the perfect time to begin Invisalign.

Having undergone both treatments, I can say I preferred the Invisalign process; it was faster, easier, and I achieved the results I wanted years ago.

Whilst adjusting to the aligners, there was slight discomfort, but this was minor compared to metal braces.”

Laura J.  – London

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