Are Braces Better Than Invisalign?

Invisalign’s marvelous technology can address many types of orthodontic conditions. In some cases, options like the low force Damon System Braces may be necessary. 

It is difficult to be certain which option makes sense for you without a consultation. Schedule a consultation now to learn more about how Dr. Koen and her terrific team provide people with the best choice for their needs. 

The Advantages of Braces

Modern braces are much different from the clunky and unsightly appliances you may remember from growing up. Today’s braces are designed for comfort with components that blend into your smile.

a young woman holding invisalign clear aligners in front of her mouth

Pros of Traditional Braces

Here are some of the benefits of choosing braces: 

  • Proven method of smile correction 
  • Effective for complex cases
  • Constantly working to improve your smile 
  • Sleek and more comfortable design 
  • Translucent components available which can blend into your teeth

Cons of Traditional Braces

  • Cleaning can be more challenging because the appliance is bonded in place
  • More food restrictions during treatment

The Advantages of Invisalign

Many members of our practice family count on Invisalign for their orthodontic care. These nearly invisible aligners fit over your teeth and can be removed for eating and drinking things other than water. 

Because Dr. Mary Cay Koen is an Invisalign Diamond Plus Provider, she understands how to get outstanding results with Invisalign. She is one of the top 10% of Invisalign providers in the country! 

Dental invisible braces or silicone trainer in the hands of a young smiling girl. Orthodontic concept - Invisalign.

Pros of Invisalign

There’s no shortage of reasons why people choose Invisalign. Some top reasons include:

  • Translucent aligners offer discreet treatment 
  • No food restrictions 
  • Improved comfort 
  • Easier to maintain excellent hygiene 
  • Effective for teens or adults, and even some children 
  • More comfortable for athletes and musicians

Cons of Invisalign

  • Must be worn for 20-22 hours a day for best results 
  • Appliances must be cleaned after every meal

Cost of Braces & Invisalign

At Mary Cay Koen Orthodontics, we know that investing in your smile is a worthwhile decision. Improving your oral health can even boost your confidence and increase your wellbeing. Getting the best results with treatment requires a customized treatment plan that considers your unique needs. 

While other orthodontists charge premiums for Invisalign, Dr. Koen believes the best treatment for you should hinge on your needs and not your finances. That’s why Invisalign and braces are both priced similarly. 

That said, treatment plans for Invisalign or braces can run anywhere between $2,800-$6,800. This figure does not include any insurance or other reimbursements for treatment. We also include aftercare expenses in your total fee.

Are Braces or Invisalign More Effective?

People ask us, “are braces better than Invisalign,” almost every day. Honestly, the answer depends on many factors. We will evaluate your treatment needs and your life goals during your consultation. Both of these factors will impact our recommendation. 

While both braces and Invisalign can straighten teeth, there are circumstances where one may be more suitable than the other. For example, braces may be a more suitable option for tooth rotation or large gaps. Sometimes a hybrid treatment is offered using the best of both systems. At the end of the day, Dr. Mary Cay will recommend the best treatment for your lifestyle.

Which is Best For You: Braces Or Invisalign?

Every member of our practice family receives individualized attention. Both braces and Invisalign require adding some additional steps to your existing brushing routine. Whether we recommend Invisalign or Damon Braces for you, we know you will enjoy your results.

Orthodontic treatment is an investment that lasts a lifetime. Start your smile journey with Dr. Mary Cay and her terrific team by scheduling your free appointment now!