||Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners that fit over teeth. Aligners are custom-made and changed every two weeks in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.
||Traditional braces are stainless steel brackets and wires that are attached to the outside of the teeth. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.
||Traditional ceramic braces are clear brackets that are attached to the outside of the teeth. Wires can be either clear or metal. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.
||Lingual braces are metal brackets and wires that are bonded to the back of the teeth. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.
||Less visible than traditional braces but more visible than lingual braces and Invisalign.
||The average cost of Invisalign treatment is about $5,000.1 Costs can vary with geography and with the complexity of treatment—see your certified Invisalign orthodontist for full details.
||The cost of orthodontic treatment involving upper and lower braces varies from $3,500 to $6,000² or more.
||The cost of orthodontic treatment involving upper and lower ceramic braces varies from $4,000 to $6,500² or more.
||The cost of lingual braces ranges from $8,000 (for single arch treatment) to $10,000² (for full treatment).
||Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces for all of the most common teeth-straightening issues, when worn according to the recommendations of an experienced Invisalign-trained orthodontist.
||Suitable for nearly all cases.
||Suitable for most cases from mild to moderate complexity. However, it is more difficult for practitioners to manage lingual brace treatment than it is to treat patients with conventional braces.
||Invisalign aligners can be removed for normal brushing and flossing. Therefore, it's easier to maintain a good level of oral hygiene throughout the course of treatment.
||Oral hygiene is harder to maintain with fixed braces when brushing and flossing. For these reasons, there is a general tendency toward increased plaque accumulation and gingival inflammation.
||With lingual appliances, because of their position on the back of the teeth, it is more difficult to brush and floss normally during treatment. This increases the chance of plaque retention and possible tooth decay.
||Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This short-term effect is typically described as a feeling of pressure. Speech may be temporarily affected at the beginning of treatment.
||Mouth sores/ulcers may be triggered by irritation from components of the braces. Broken brackets and wires can cause discomfort and may require urgent attention from your treating practitioner.
||Lingual appliances can have an effect on the tongue position and may affect speech throughout treatment. Mouth sores/ulcers may be triggered by irritation from components of the braces.
||Research shows that because aligners are virtually invisible, there is a high level of patient acceptance with Invisalign treatment.3,4 Clinical study data show average teen compliance is just under 21 hours per day, exactly as recommended.6
||High level of compliance—braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of treatment. However, levels of compliance with elastic wear can vary from patient to patient. Also, 5% of patients in fixed treatment experience bracket breakage.5
||Removable, but aligners should be worn a minimum of 20–22 hours a day to be most effective.
||Not removable. Braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of orthodontic treatment.