Braces or Invisalign: Which is better?

Braces and Invisalign are just two of the many techniques used by orthodontists on the Gold Coast in straightening teeth. Orthodontic appliances give patients straighter teeth, improve the look of their smile, and promote proper function by correcting bite positions. In the hands of an experienced orthodontist, both braces and invisalign effectively straighten teeth but there are some differences in the treatment process.

Orthodontic braces use brackets and wires permanently mounted on the teeth to move teeth into their desired positions. Braces are generally a little faster than invisalign and can treat even the most complex of orthodontic cases. They can however be more difficult to clean and not a preference for adults wanting orthodontics.

Invisalign on the other hand uses a series of custom clear aligners that are removable and gradually shift the teeth according to the orthodontist’s prescription. They are virtually invisible and removable making it easy to clean teeth and there are no eating restrictions.

Which is better depends on a number of factors:

  1. Complexity of the Case

The severity of the crowding and the position of the teeth and jaw are all important factors to consider when considering braces or invisalign. Some cases are better suited to braces and some to invisalign. Usually very complex cases require braces, but in the hands of an experienced invisalign orthodontist, even the most complex of cases can be treated with invisalign.

  1. Budget

Some orthodontic offices charge much more for invisalign because it costs the orthodontist much more to get the custom aligners. So this can be an important factor in whether braces or invisalign are better for you. Some offer payment plans, and some do not. Some offices, like Clear Smiles Orthodontics, offer braces and invisalign at pretty much the same price because they are the top provider of invisalign on the Gold Coast.

  1. Prescription and Experience of the Orthodontist

Orthodontists are specialists in designing smiles. When patients ask which is best, the response is usually to say “leave it up to the orthodontist”. They are the ones who will be able to determine whether your particular type of smile will get a better result from braces or invisalign. 

  1. Patient Preference

While you should leave the ultimate decision up to the orthodontist, some patients just don’t want braces. While some feel they may not be very compliant with wearing their invisalign aligners, so they prefer braces because they don’t have a choice in the matter. Whatever you prefer, an experienced orthodontist can usually customise your treatment plan according to your preference in most situations.

In the end, whether braces or invisalign are better will depend greatly upon the type of orthodontic complexities of the case, the experience of the orthodontist and the preference of the patient or parent. Whatever you chose to do, make sure you do your research and get comfortable with the treatment option and the orthodontist.