Invisalign vs. Braces: Cost, Results, & Treatment Time

If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment, you may be wondering whether Invisalign or traditional metal braces are right for you. Both of these treatments have their own unique benefits and disadvantages. So in this blog, Life Dentistry will compare both of these methods of orthodontic correction. We’ll discuss the overall cost, the results you can expect, and the treatment time for each one, so that you can decide which one is right for you.

Invisalign vs. braces – what costs less?

The answer to this depends on your particular orthodontic needs. The cost of both Invisalign and braces varies based on your oral health, the extent of the alignment issues with your teeth and jaw, and the expected length of your treatment. The best way to get an accurate estimate is to see a dentist like Dr. James Martin at Life Dentistry.

However, the overall price of Invisalign and braces are usually quite similar. In some cases, Invisalign may be a bit more expensive, while in other cases, braces may cost slightly more. It all depends on the specifics of your case.

Invisalign vs. braces – what delivers better results?

Invisalign and braces will deliver identical results if you’re a candidate for both treatments. They can both be used to treat minor gaps in your smile, crooked or crowded teeth, minor bite alignment problems, and uneven teeth. Once your treatment is complete, the results of both braces and Invisalign will be very similar. 

However, if you have more serious orthodontic problems like a serious overbite or underbite, or your teeth are very crooked, braces will deliver better results. Invisalign typically cannot be used to correct serious orthodontic problems. Braces are more powerful and versatile when it comes to the treatment of complex orthodontic cases.

Invisalign vs. braces – how long does treatment take?

Invisalign wins this category, hands-down. Most Invisalign treatments take about a year, so the overall treatment time is quite fast. In comparison, you’ll typically need to wear braces for at least 12-18 months to correct your smile.

However, this does depend on the specifics of your case. In some situations, Invisalign will take more time, and braces may require less time. To get an estimate for how long treatment will take, you should consult with a dentist like Dr. James Martin.

Find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign at life dentistry

Both braces and Invisalign provide great results and are good options for straightening your teeth. Braces may sometimes take longer, but are better for complex orthodontic cases. Invisalign can be faster, but can sometimes be more costly and is not as good for serious orthodontic problems.

Still not sure if Invisalign or braces are right for you? Come to Life Dentistry for an orthodontic consultation with Dr. James Martin. Dr. Martin is proud to serve patients from Lafayette and Louisville. He will examine and assess your teeth, determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, and help you take the next steps to get the smile you deserve. Contact us at (970) 289-5433 now, or stop by our office at 110 Old Laramie Trail, Unit 100, Lafayette, CO 80026 to schedule a consultation in person.