From the standpoint of aesthetics, there’s little comparison between metal braces and Invisalign®. The clear Invisalign aligner trays are much more discreet than metal braces with and colorful retainers. But when you compare the speed, efficacy and efficiency of these two approaches to straightening teeth, the answer isn’t quite as clear cut. Take a look at how metal braces and clear aligner trays compare when it comes to producing results fast.
For Mild to Moderate Cases
To the delight of many people who’d prefer to wear invisible aligner trays instead of metal braces, the two orthodontic appliances often work at about the same speed in correcting mild to moderate cases of malalignment. While their form factors are markedly different, invisible aligners and conventional metal braces both leverage the same concept to straighten teeth. They both apply a light amount of constant pressure on teeth, slowly moving them into their optimal alignment over the months.
For Moderate to Severe Cases
There’s a bigger gulf between the efficiency of metal braces and Invisalign invisible aligners when they’re implemented to correct moderate to severe cases of “malalignment,” or misaligned teeth. One of the biggest reasons why conventional braces are often faster than invisible aligners is convenience.
While it’s convenient for those who want to be able to pop out their invisible aligners whenever they want, it can also lead to people to wear their aligner trays for less than the recommended 20-22 hours a day. Because braces can only be removed by an orthodontist, there’s no chance for a person to falter and neglect to wear their aligners long enough each day.
There’s only so much evidence you can gather online. To truly find out which option is best for you, it’s best to consult with an orthodontist. While many general dentists are starting to offer Invisalign, the best place to determine which orthodontic appliance is right for you is to visit a dental specialist that offers both.
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