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Braces vs Invisalign Guide

Posted on March 9, 2020 by drbraverman

Braces vs Invisalign NYC Orthodontist

Braces and Invisalign are two methods to correct teeth that are crooked. Either one can help when a bite is misaligned, whether it’s an overbite where the upper jaw extends too far forward, or an underbite where the jaw sticks out past the upper teeth.

Learn more about the differences between braces and Invisalign and which one might be best for you!

How Do Braces Work?

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An orthodontist places a bracket on each tooth that needs to be moved. The bracket is a small rectangle made of metal, ceramic or possibly even glass that attaches to the tooth with dental adhesive and has a slot in the front. An archwire is threaded through each slot so that it will apply pressure on the teeth and slowly pull them in the direction they need to go in order to be straight.

The wire can be changed over time as the patient acclimates to the discomfort, going from lighter and thinner wire to heavier. The orthodontist will also bend the wire over time to fine tune the realignment. Sometimes, a dentist will use elastic bands to add pressure to pull the jaw or teeth into the desired position.

The process is very slow, and the pressure applied to the teeth is actually pretty light. This enables the tissues and bone around the teeth to grow and support the new teeth positions. After the braces are removed, a retainer is used for a while to keep the teeth in their new positions as the surrounding bone grows stronger.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign vs Braces NYC

Invisalign is a set of clear aligners that fit over the teeth. It is custom molded to your mouth so that it applies pressure on your teeth in the right direction. Each aligner is designed to be a little bit straighter, so you can switch them out over time as your teeth move.

This has certain advantages over braces. They are almost invisible, so they are less conspicuous. This is a big reason why many people choose Invisalign. It is easier to eat certain foods with Invisalign.

Plus, you can remove the aligners whenever you want, and the smooth plastic is less likely to injure the inside of your mouth. Also, it requires fewer visits over a shorter period of time. However, there are still certain situations where traditional braces are better. It is important to consult with an experienced orthodontist to make the best decision for each particular situation.

Braces vs Invisalign

Braces vs Invisalign NYC Orthodontist

Did you know that up to 48% of younger Americans have “untagged” themselves in a picture on Facebook because they don’t like their smile?

With today’s orthodontic options, we don’t have to hide anymore! Two of the most common corrective practices for orthodontic needs are Invisalign and braces. Both are great options, but between braces and Invisalign, which is better suited for you?

Complex Corrections vs Simple Corrections

Invisalign works best for simple corrections. Simply put, Invisalign is great for aesthetic changes. If you have a more complex correction that needs to be made, such as a functional correction, braces are going to be a better treatment option. Braces work faster than Invisalign does at closing gaps between and aligning teeth. If a patient has an abnormal bite, crooked or crowded teeth, braces work more quickly to fix these issues as well, leading to a more attractive smile faster.

Time Commitment

Depending on your individual needs, the average treatment time for Invisalign can vary from 9-15 months. Each set of Invisalign aligners is worn by the patient for about two weeks, which means an average of 18-30 sets of aligners will be used.

Because braces are used in more severe alignment corrections, the time needed for corrections is a little longer. Each individual case is different based on how far teeth need to be moved, the health of patients teeth and gums, and how closely patients follow instructions. The average time that a patient will wear braces is anywhere from one to three years.


The cost of braces vs Invisalign will vary depending on your individual needs. However, the typical cost of Invisalign will be a bit higher than that of traditional braces. The Invisalign cost can range anywhere from $3,000-$8,000.

The cost for braces typically averages between $2,500-$6,000. You’ll want to talk with your dental care provider to determine what your cost will be. Dental insurance companies sometimes cover forms of dental correction, but you will want to contact your insurance company to see exactly what your plan allows.

Why Straightening Your Smile Leads to a Healthy Lifestyle    

Straight teeth are an outward sign of health and beauty, and they can boost inner confidence levels, but there are many physical health reasons why having straight teeth is more than just aesthetically important.

How Can Having Misaligned Teeth Affect Your Health?

1. Indigestion Issues

If when you eat, your teeth don’t make sufficient contact with one another, your food may not be broken down properly when swallowed. This can lead to heartburn and indigestion issues that can lead to other painful and unnecessary problems.

2. Uneven Erosion

When talking, eating, and sleeping, your teeth are making contact with one another. Improper alignment of teeth can cause wear to be unevenly distributed and add extra harm to certain teeth in your mouth. If left misaligned, teeth can cause serious damage, including, chipping, cracking and sensitivity.

3. Jaw Problems

Misaligned teeth can cause excess pressure to be placed on certain teeth throughout the mouth. This can cause extreme strain on the jaw and can result in further jaw disorders and damage.

Common Reasons Why Adults Choose Invisalign

Are you planning a trip to the orthodontist to determine whether braces would be a good fit for you? With the new invisible braces available today, such as Invisalign, many adults are having their teeth straightened that weren’t addressed when they were a child.

Dr. Braverman practices orthodontist procedures and can talk to you about whether or not Invisalign would improve your smile. Here are some of the most common reasons why adults decide to get Invisalign:

1. Your Teeth Are Crooked

Unfortunately, some people have teeth that grow in crooked. This can happen because of genetics or because your mouth is simply too small for your teeth. When your teeth are crooked, they can become twisted or overlapped and, in time, that can lead to major dental problems. Invisalign can straighten your teeth and give a completely different smile.

2. Your Mouth is Crowded

When teeth grow in very close together it results in overcrowding. Braces can correct this problem by evening out the spaces between the teeth and creating even, straight rows.

3. You Have Gaps

A well placed gap can be attractive, but if you have gaps between your teeth, or are self-conscious about even one, Invisalign can help narrow those gaps and create a more uniform and even look.

4. You Have An Overbite

An overbite occurs when the top row of teeth significantly overlap the bottom row. This can be caused by many things, including baby bottles, pacifiers, thumb-sucking and just plain old genetics.

5. You Have An Underbite

An underbite occurs when the lower teeth/jaw are over the upper teeth. Instead of fixing your underbite with surgery, consider consulting with an experienced dentist who may offer Invisalign as a solution.

4 Myths About Braces

Some people who need braces shy away from getting them because of misconceptions that they have heard. Here are some of the common myths that people believe about braces:

1. Braces Are Only for Kids or Teens

Actually, as many as one out of every four patients that get braces are adults. People have been known to get braces even in their 70s and 80s. Nobody is ever too old to achieve a wonderful smile!

2. Braces Hurt Constantly

When braces are first applied, they can cause some discomfort, and when they are routinely tightened, they’ll be a little bit uncomfortable. However, other than that, they are pain-free.

3. Braces Set Off Metal Detectors

People often have to pass through metal detectors at the airport or other private events. Fortunately, braces are made out of lightweight metals, such as titanium or stainless steel that does not set off metal detectors.

4. Braces Stay on for Years and Years

The amount of time a person has to wear braces depends entirely on their individual situation. However, that average patient wears braces for somewhere between 18 and 30 months. That’s a lot less than what you had in mind at first.

Creating Your Perfect Smile

Both braces and Invisalign are great options for orthodontic corrections. Each method of creating your perfect smile has pros and cons, depending on your individual needs and the smile you’d like to wind up with.

Stop wishing for a perfect smile! You can begin the journey of achieving that smile you deeply desire! Contact New York City Cosmetic Dentistry Center today and we can get you started on the first steps towards being proud of your smile!

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