When are Braces a Better Option Compared to Invisalign?

Young black woman with bracesThe popularity of Invisalign is clear, but some patients do better with traditional metal braces from our Rocklin orthodontist. This can be because of patient needs or preferences. Below is a look at some situations where this may be the case.

Corrections and Bite Irregularities

Invisalign cannot correct all types of orthodontic flaws. Moving teeth vertically or correcting severe tooth rotation, for example, requires brackets and wires. Invisalign can correct minor bite irregularities, such as crossbites or over bites, but cannot address severe cases. Furthermore, some patients may need additional appliances that can be used at the same time as metal braces, but not Invisalign.

Total Costs

Any orthodontic treatment will vary in cost depending on the patient, but Invisalign is often more expensive than metal braces. Some patients prefer metal braces because they costs less money for the same results.

Age Restrictions

Invisalign Full and Teen are made for adults and teenagers, respectively. The system cannot be used for kids, but metal braces can. Some younger patients get lingual braces as a discreet alternative to Invisalign.

A final reason why some patients do better with braces than with Invisalign is that they are fixed in place, which eliminates the need to keep track of aligners and remember to wear them enough. At a consultation with our expert in braces in Rocklin, patients can learn more about how these treatments compare to each other.