A member asked:

Can i switch to invisalign from braces? i currently have braces, but would much prefer switching to invisalign, if that is even possible. can treatments be combined, or switched in the middle of the process?

12 doctors weighed in across 9 answers
Dr. Theodore Davantzis answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Without : Without seeing your dentition, it is difficult to say. Do you have all of your permanent teeth, or do you still have some deciduous (baby) teeth? Invisalign treatment is usually indicated for patients who have all their permanent teeth. In addition, to switch treatment now will add a substancial cost to the total fee. Discuss the fee changes with your dentist to see if that option is right for you. If you have all of your permanent teeth, and the invisalign treatment is a viable option for your malocclusion, and you don't mind spending additional money, then you should be able to switch.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Marianna Evans answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

You : You can always switch from braces to invisalign. However, this will increase the cost and time of treatment and will limit final correction of the bite. I am positive, your orthodontist recommended braces and not invisalign for a reason. There are invisible braces called incognito that I use in the situations where invisalign cannot provide a satisfactory result, but it is better to start with this system from the beginning. I.

Answered 11/7/2016

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Dr. Anthony Costa answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Yes. : Yes. I frequently recommend a combination treatment approach for patients to reduce their time in fixed appliances (braces). The combination treatment approach will actually improve the results achieved by invisalign.

Answered 7/6/2017

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Dr. Neil McLeod answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Yes : Yes you can switch from conventional braces to invisaline, but there is likely to be an additional cost, and you are most likely sacrificing accuracy of final outcome for the advantage of not having the orthodontic device show. The conventional wisdom is that while invisaline is effective, and increasingly improving, it is not yet as good as the absolute control that brackets have. When a course of invisaline treatment is started we have to take the impressions and study models and photographs all over again, and then the complete series of "aligners" have to be paid for and made up ahead of time. I hope that makes the decision making process clearer. Dr. Neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.

Answered 7/6/2017

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Dr. S. jay Bowman answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Orthodontics

Combo treatment: Braces followed by invisalign or vice versa are possible options depending upon specific situations and individual patient needs. However, just deciding to switch from one to another may likely require significant additional fees. Talk to your orthodontic specialist about the options.

Answered 9/19/2015

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Dr. Mark Kurchak answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Orthodontics

Possible: Ideally, you would take your braces off and let your teeth rest for a month. Then retainers(like invisalign) would be worn while the actual aligners are being made. The downside is the extra cost and lost time.

Answered 8/1/2013

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Dr. Hilary Baskin answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Yes, but: invisalign comes at a big cost to the orthodontist which they will pass along to you, so be prepared if going metal to invisalign to pay an additional $1,800 or more. Going the other direction (invisalign to braces) we typically charge nothing extra

Answered 7/9/2017

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Possibly: There are a lot of things braces can do that clear aligners can't do. Also know that braces will get you to the end of treatment faster than trays can produce compromised treatment. Please talk to a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist about your malocclusion and your treatment options going forward. Please also expect to pay an additional fee for the additional treatment, lab fees, etc.

Answered 10/22/2015

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Never a problem: Switching to Invisalign from conventional braces is never a problem. However, switching from regular braces to Invisalign can be quite expensive.

Answered 1/9/2020

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