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A 49-year-old member asked:

braces vs invasalign. which one is cheaper and better for full-scale straightening?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Cheaper ?: Hard to say... Office set their own fees, so you would need to consult with the office that will be treating you. Regarding better, invisalign is terrific for many malocclusions, but brackets and wires offer more control and fine tuning to the orthodontist. Since it is unknown how crooked your teeth are, the orthodontist treating you can advise which is best for you.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Ortho consult: These questions are best answered by seeing a qualified orthodontist who can examine you and determine what is best for you, rather than have us give you some generalizations. Having said that, orthodontists prefer conventional braces as they have more control. Invisalign is a good alternative for certain situations. Cheap is usually not best. Fees vary. Get a consult (or two) and then decide.
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Orthodontics 30 years experience
All Depends: I personally prefer fixed orthodontic treatment (i have more control over the tooth movement). Invisalign comes with a cost to the orthodontist from the lab that produces the clear aligner trays, which is over and above the cost for treatment. You need to ask your orthodontic provider. In many instances, clear aligner treatment is more expensive.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Braces: definitely cheaper, better and more effective. Some orthodontists push invisalign as its more profitable. This all coming from an orthodontist (me) who is a preferred provider of invisalign. Don't get me wrong, its a great treatment for those who don't want metal, but if you don't care, metal braces are definitely the way to go
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Jun 26, 2014
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Braces: Cheaper and twice as effective. Please see a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist for care.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between invisalign and real braces?

7 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Orthodontics: Invisalign is a special type of orthodontic treatment using a series of clear retainers to move and align teeth without brackets, bands, and wires that are commonly used in traditional orthodontic therapy. Your dentist or orthodontist can advise you if you are a candidate for invisalign as not all malocclusions can be treated with the technique.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between braces and invisalign benefits and price range?

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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 11 years experience
Both move teeth: Invisalign are clear, removable, can eat what you want, almost invisible. Regular braces are metal, require being bonded to the tooth, use wires to straighten the teeth, limitations on some foods. You have to be very self disciplined to use invisalign because it is your choice to put them in. With braces you don't have a choice because they are not removable. Cost is about the same for both.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Dont want metal braces? How much is invisalign?

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Dr. Winston Muditajaya
Dentistry 24 years experience
$2000-5000: Invisalign has different treatment products that will reflect the price your dentist charges. The main differences is the amount of correction your mouth requires. I suggest you to shop and get familiar with the dentist.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

Is invasalign better than braces?

8 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Not in my opinion: Invisalign does not move teeth through bone; it tips and tilts. Many orthodontists will put their patients in bands the last couple of months to be sure the occlusion (the way teeth come together) is perfect. Invisalign is generally more costly as there is a lab fee involved. See more than one orthodontist to get an opinion on your case.
A 18-year-old female asked:

So, which hurts more? Invisalign or actual braces? I only need a little bit of correction...And i've heard it both ways! thanks!

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
Both are Good Option: Discuss your individual situation with your dentist. They can give you an opinion on which choice might be better for you. Each method has certain advantages & disadvantages. Your clinical situation of jaw position, tilt & rotation of each tooth, the space available, the contour of the line-up of the teeth in each jaw will affect each type of treatment. Get a couple of second opinion consultations.

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