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A 44-year-old member asked:

Which is quicker: invisalign or metal braces (etc.)?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Apples and oranges: As braces are on average more than 90% effective, and clear aligners are on average 41% effective, that's more important than length of treatment. In other words a qualified orthodontist can produce better treatment in less time using fixed rather than removable appliances. If clear aligners were so good wouldn't orthodontic specialists have abandoned braces years ago? Braces are better.
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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Every case different: Every case is different in term of time frame, no matter what kind of system is being used. I would get a couple of opinions and hope that the orthodontist or dentist can provide some sort of estimate of time.
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Dr. Behram Dalal
32 years experience
Each case is: Unique and can only be answered by the treating dentist. Obviously simple cases are shorter in treatment duration than complex cases. Patient compliance is also paramount in either scenario. Hope this helps.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
To answer the question, "Which is faster?" for the exact same set of circumstances, braces are not only faster but also give better result. Know also that Orthodontist's end results are generally better than General Dentist's end results at treating the same problem set. It's a matter of training and experience.
Jan 18, 2014
Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 10 years experience
Braces are: You can achieve the same or better results with braces , simply because with braces there is 24 hours pressure on teeth , while on case of invisalign you can take out the tray whenever you want and usually it's worne about 8 hours, going through the same case , braces would be faster than invisalign...
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 29 years experience
Braces: are typically faster and cheaper
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