Which is “Better:” Six Month Braces or Invisalign?
Among adults, when they are considering having braces done to straighten their teeth, one of the first options that always comes to mind is InvisalignTM, because what adults usually want is for no one to actually know that they have braces! With adult orthodontics becoming more popular and mainstream, largely thanks to marketing by Invisalign, it’s not quite as critical as it used to be that the braces be invisible, but it’s still preferable. The other thing that adults want with their braces, is that they do NOT want to have them on for 2-3 years. In fact, most of the Six Month Braces Patients that we see have had 1 or more consultations with an orthodontist already, and they just refused to be in braces that long.
Why I believe Six Month Braces is the better option for adults:
Now, let’s keep in mind that short-term orthodontic treatment is not something new; in fact, the concepts have been around for decades. It’s just recently, though, that more classes have become available for general/family dentists, so you’re hearing more about it. Most just never learn about it from their orthodontists! But for adults, Six Month Braces is IMO the “best” option for adults who want straight teeth. Why? It’s simple:
- Six Month Braces is usually at least $1,000 less expensive than Invisalign;
- Six Month Braces is able to handle more difficult situations than Invisalign; and
- Six Month Braces works faster than Invisalign because the dentist has greater direct control, and besides, you can only move teeth that are set in bone so far with rigid clear trays;
- Six Month Braces may not be quite as invisible as Invisalign, but with clear brackets (either plastic or ceramic) and wires that have a tooth-colored coating, they’re pretty close.
Photos of a Six Month Braces Case in Progress
Here’s a before/during photo set of one of our current patients, so you can see how dramatic a change we can create in a short period of time. Jim is in his 40’s and had long wanted straighter teeth. We placed the brackets in April 2010, which means that he has had his braces on for about 6.5 months, and he’s quite close to being finished. He’ll probably still have them on for Thanksgiving, but he’ll have them off in December so he can have a straight, white smile as a Christmas Present.
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