Here at Exeter Orthodontics, you’ll find both braces and Invisalign for one low, all-inclusive price of $3,995. However, despite this similarity, there are some differences between the two treatment options that are important to keep in mind as you look into orthodontic care for you or your loved ones. 

Braces are Fixed, Invisalign is Removable

Aside from their appearance, perhaps the biggest difference between braces and Invisalign aligners is the fact that braces are fixed to the teeth, while Invisalign is removable, making the aligners convenient when a patient needs to eat, drink, or brush their teeth. Patients can eat all of the sticky, crunchy, and crispy foods they enjoy.

There is a downside to removable Invisalign aligners, however. They require a lot of discipline on the part of the patient. While they can be removed, it is recommended that they are worn for at least 22 hours every day. If a patient removes their Invisalign for long periods of time, their treatment may not be as successful.

Invisalign is More Comfortable

While a patient may experience slight discomfort when they first begin wearing their Invisalign, they’ll be saved from the poking and irritating wires and brackets that come with traditional braces. Traditional braces are more prone to breaking and can cause serious injury if worn by an athlete playing sports like soccer, football, or basketball. 

Braces Work Better on Complex Cases

If patients are in need of complex orthodontic care, such as the rotation of canines, traditional braces are recommended. The same goes for patients who have severely crooked teeth or teeth that are higher than others. Traditional braces are also recommended for patients with bridgework. 

Why? The metal wires are better at achieving complex movements than plastic aligners would be. 

We encourage patients to schedule an appointment with our orthodontists in Reading, Easton, Lansdale, and beyond so that a more accurate treatment plan can be discussed. 

Some Similarities

Braces and Invisalign aren’t entirely different, however. There are some similarities in terms of the care and responsibility both treatments will require. 

  • Both require regular brushing and flossing to prevent discoloration or stains
  • Both require that patients wear a retainer following their treatment
  • Both require regular visits to the orthodontist for adjustments and tray changes
  • Both can result in a healthy, straight, and confident smile

If you would like to learn more about our Invisalign and braces in Reading, Easton, Lansdale, Exton, Blandon, and Allentown, request a consultation with our team. They’ll walk you through more of the important differences you should be aware of and help you choose the treatment plan best for your health, smile, and confidence!