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Invisalign Vs. Metal Braces: Which Is Better For You?


Wherever you are in your braces journey, it’s always good to weigh up your options. Today, our expert Stafford dentists are talking through the differences between Invisalign and metal braces. In this article, we will break down the pros and cons of both options, compare their costs, and help you determine the most suitable choice for you.


How do metal braces compare to Invisalign for comfort?

One of the main points our patients think about with adult braces is how comfortable they are. Metal braces typically conjure images of headgear, wires and brackets, which might seem painful to wear. But despite being fixed to your smile, they can easily be adjusted for your comfort. Invisalign braces, however, are considered more comfortable by some, since they straighten your teeth incrementally with gentle pressure.

metal braces on teeth graphic - Stella Dental Practice - Stafford

Does Invisalign offer greater flexibility?

As you might have guessed, Invisalign braces are more flexible than metal braces. That’s because they can be removed at any time. Patients are advised to take them out when eating, cleaning their teeth and braces, chewing gum and for the odd break. However, you’ll need to wear them for 20-22 hours per day.

However, metal braces can lead to quicker results in some cases due to the constant pressure, as once they are attached, they work continuously until they are removed.what Invisalign looks like over teeth graphic - Stella Dental Suite, Stafford, Staffordshire

Which treatment is more discreet?

Some patients can feel self-conscious about undergoing dental treatments, especially adult braces, which may take a number of months to complete. Metal braces have come a long way in terms of their design and appearance, and some can even be fixed to the back of the teeth (lingual braces, like Damon, are an example of this).

Invisalign braces get their name from a combination of ‘invisible’ and ‘aligners’ since they are clear and hard to detect. People often can’t spot them in your mouth, meaning you can feel more confident about your treatment, making them a desirable option for those who want to keep their dental treatment discreet. Unlike metal braces, they don’t attract unwanted attention, allowing you to smile confidently throughout your treatment.


Price: which one wins?

The cost of Invisalign and metal braces varies depending on several factors, including the complexity of your case, the duration of your treatment, and your geographical location. On average, Invisalign tends to be more expensive than metal braces. However, it’s essential to consider the additional benefits that Invisalign offers, such as improved aesthetics and convenience.

On the other hand, metal braces are usually more affordable and can be a cost-effective solution for those on a budget. Despite their lower cost, they offer excellent results, particularly in severe orthodontic cases.


Talk to our expert dentists

At Stella Dental, we pride ourselves on providing top-notch dental care to our patients in Stafford. Whether you’re considering Invisalign or traditional metal braces, our team of skilled and experienced orthodontists will guide you through the process, ensuring you receive the best possible care.

We understand that every patient is unique, and we strive to provide personalised treatment plans to meet your specific needs. We use state-of-the-art technology to ensure precision in our work and ensure you achieve the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

Our top dentists here in Stafford would love to help you find your perfect brace. To enquire about an Invisalign or metal brace consultation with one of our experts, simply visit our contact page,  fill out the form, give us a call, email, or book online. We look forward to seeing you here at our dental practice in Stafford very soon.

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