If you are considering braces vs Aligners to straighten your teeth, or your kid’s teeth, you may have lots of questions. Which is more effective? Which is more affordable? Ultimately, you want to choose the treatment that will do the job, even if it’s slightly more expensive. In the long run, you don’t want to have to fix your teeth again! So, are braces or Aligners the better choice for you or your kid?
Braces consist of metal brackets being glued to your teeth and tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. Nowadays, you can get brackets to more closely match your enamel color (making them more discrete), or you can get them in color to make a fashion statement with your mouth!
Aligners, on the other hand, is designed to be invisible. Aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic are worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move your teeth. Your specialist will use X-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth and to configure your aligner trays accordingly.
Take a look at the detailed braces vs Aligners comparison chart below.
|Braces (irremovable)||vs||Aligners (removable)|
|Metal-typically silver; can pay extra for color or enamel color||Color||Clear/invisible|
|24/7 for an average of 2 years, depending on patient needs||Treatment time||22-24 hrs/day for 6 to 18 months, depending on patient needs|
|Brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth; water pick may be helpful.||Maintenance||Invisalign Cleaning system, or brushing and rinsing trays in luke warm water|
|About every month||Follow up visits||Change aligner trays every 2 weeks; visits every 4 to 6 weeks|
|Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night||Follow up to treatment||Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night|
|Patients playing rough contact sports regularly||NOT ideal for||