Invisalign vs. Metal Braces: Which is Better?

Updated: Nov 11


Invisalign vs. Metal Braces, middle aged woman holding clear invisible aligners to straighten her teeth.
Invisalign vs. Metal Braces

Have you been thinking about straightening your teeth?

Channon Lawrence Dental Practice can help you.


If your teeth are crooked, too crowded in your mouth or if you have gaps between them, orthodontics are what we use to make your smile straighter.


Orthodontic appliances, like Braces or Invisalign, work by applying gentle pressure to your teeth over time causing them to move into the correct position.


Orthodontics are in no way limited to teenagers; We see an increasing number of adults, especially mums, wishing to straighten their smile.

At Channon Lawrence Dental we offer braces, Invisalign® and Myofunctional Therapy.


Having a good smile can give you confidence and increase your self esteem. Everyone deserves to look the best they possibly can.


Some people are afraid to get their teeth straightened because of several reasons, such as pain, affordability, and appearance.


But, what if there is a cost-effective choice that will straighten your teeth that are virtually invisible and very effective?


We often hear out patient's say that they wished they enquired sooner! So, don't wait. Make that first appointment and find out.


What is the difference between traditional braces and Invisalign?


When we talk about Invisalign vs. metal braces, there are a number of factors that you look into before making a decision. Some things to consider are:

  1. Convenience and comfort,

  2. Treatment time,

  3. Cost,

  4. Effectiveness,

  5. Care and cleaning,

  6. Appointments and Follow-ups; and

  7. Post-treatment.


Invisalign Near Me, Mark Cull offers Invisalign ® Invisible braces for straightening teeth. Image is a smiling middle age woman with clear aligners
Invisalign ® Invisible braces for straightening teeth



What should you know about Invisalign?


Invisalign allows you to have clear teeth straighteners, virtually invisible. It uses clear aligner trays made from BPA-free plastic to move and straighten your teeth gradually.


1. Convenience and Comfort of Invisalign

Compared to metal braces, that have sharp edges, Invisalign clear aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear. It won’t irritate or wound your cheek’s walls. Also, if you want to eat crunchy and chewy foods, you can always remove them and enjoy your meal fully without getting food stuck everywhere in the wires.


2. Treatment Time of Invisalign

Depending on the severity of your case, you might be required you to wear Invisalign for 22 to 24 hours a day. Your treatment time may be extended if you fail to wear them as recommended.


3. Cost of Invisalign

While prices will vary, we can tell you prices generally start from around $7,500.


We offer great finance and payment options.

We often hear out patient's say that they wished they enquired sooner! So, don't wait. Make that first appointment and find out.


Invisalign costs on average of $7,500, but with the other benefits that you will receive when you choose this product, it is definitely worth the price! Also if you will opt for Invisalign, you will be able to get the following perks:


FREE INVISALIGN® CONSULTATION WHAT YOU GET:

500 Voucher toward your Invisalign Treatment

Comprehensive Smile Assessment

Interactive, 3D Smile Simulation

Fully Customised Treatment Plan

BONUS: Custom-made, at-home Teeth Whitening Kit Call to Book Your Appointment - 07 5482 7688



4. Effectiveness of Invisalign

Dr Mark Cull loves this option because it has a great success rate and his patients love it so much. Just wear them as recommended, and your teeth will be straightened in no time!


5. Care and Cleaning of Invisalign

You can remove the trays and brush and floss your teeth as you would normally do. We recommend 6mth checkups.


6. Follow-ups of Invisalign

By wearing Invisalign, you may not be required to visit your dentist too frequently. You may be asked to return for a follow-up check-up every four to six weeks as recommended by our dentists.


7. Post-treatment of Invisalign

Once your teeth are in position, you are required to wear your tray at night. Doing so will help keep your teeth in place.


"The BEST holistic dental experience. Dr Mark Cull and his team have provided our family with excellent dental health and beautiful smiles. The whole experience at Channon and Lawrence Dental is patient-centred, including the lovely, friendly reception staff, dental technicians and Dr Mark Cull. I highly recommend it. -Rachel P.-

What should you know about metal braces?


Metal braces are also known as traditional braces. They straighten your teeth using metal brackets and wires.


1. Convenience and Comfort of metal braces

If you are the type who forgets a lot, then traditional braces are more suitable for you. It is irremovable-- the metal brackets are glued to each tooth. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about taking your aligners in and out and changing them.

The only downside of metal braces being irremovable, is that it may make it difficult for you to eat certain kinds of food, especially the crunchy and hard ones. Often food does get stuck in your wires and you have to take your rubber bands off and on.


2. Treatment Time of metal braces

Treatment times vary for every single person, but on average it takes about 24mths to complete.


We wish we could give you an estimate of time, everyone wants to know how long you have to wear braces for. It really depends on your personal situation, your teeth, your jaw, your bite and lots of other elements.


If you have minor tooth crowding, you might only need them for a shorter period of time.



3. Cost of metal braces

Traditional braces are typically a more affordable option. However, the price is different for everyone because everyone has a unique mouth.


On average, prices start from $6,800 and can increase depending on the severity and complexity of your case.


4. Effectiveness of metal braces

If you have a complex dental case, sometimes we recommend metal braces. It is best to consult a professional regarding your case, because you might think you have a complicated case and you don't or you might think it should be easy to fix and it isn't!


The best way to find out if you can have metal braces or Invisalign is to have an appointment with Dr Mark Cull.


5. Care and Cleaning of metal braces

While receiving orthodontic treatment it is very important to care for your tooth and gum health by having your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every 6 months.


Combining regular dental visits with good oral home care is an integral part of your investment in your new smile.


With metal braces, you can brush and floss your teeth as you would do without them. But, if there are food residues stuck in the metal, you might have to use a special small brush.


6. Appointments and Follow-ups of metal braces

Most of the people who have metal braces visit their dentist more frequently because the dentist needs to change the bands or wires.

Aside from that, your dentist may also add springs and elastics depending on the need. But again, this depends on the severity of the misalignment. You may be asked to visit weekly, monthly, or less.


7. Post-treatment of metal braces

After having your metal braces removed, it is very likely you might have to wear a retainer. It will ensure that your teeth stay in the correct position, and if you don’t wear your retainer, you risk your teeth moving back to the way they were before the treatment.


In Conclusion: Which is better Invisalign or Metal Braces? We love Invisalign® because it really works so well and has remarkably fast results compared to traditional braces.


If the situation is perfect for our patients, our vote is with Invisalign®. (But there is nothing wrong with traditional braces, it really just depend on what your treatment plan is).


Is it worth it? The answer is an absolute yes!


Our patients are highly satisfied with their invisible braces. In fact, the feedback from our patients when it comes to Invisalign is overwhelmingly positive.


So, are you ready to get your teeth straightened and become more confident than ever?

Call us at 07 5482 7688 and book your FREE Invisalign appointment!


If you have teeth that need straightening and you are interested to know a bit more about Invisalign, you really should book a consult with Dr Mark Cull, at Channon Lawrence Dental.



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