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Orthodontic bands vs Invisalign

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Orthodontic bands vs Invisalign

An orthodontic band is the traditional style of braces commonly used in the posterior part of the mouth. Invisalign is a more modern and costly technology that uses clear, removable aligners.

Both are designed to straighten crooked teeth to and improve your smile and oral health. Upon realising that you may benefit from orthodontic treatment, many questions can arise.   Our goal at Vita Dental Spring is to explore all the options and find what will work best for you. Here are some things you should know about both devices.


Invisalign trays are made of smooth, BPA-free clear plastic that is worn over your teeth to move your teeth gently. The aligners are discrete, aesthetically appealing and are designed to treat crowding, spacing, and overbites.

An orthodontic band, on the other hand, comprises of stainless steel metal brackets that are glued to your teeth and tied together using wires, tiny rubber bands, or special dental cement.  These days you can get brackets that closely match your enamel colour or a colour to make a fashion statement with your mouth!

Vita Dental Spring recommends traditional braces for more complicated orthodontic treatments such as, rotating or moving cylindrical teeth, vertical tooth movement, adjusting massive overbite and back bite.

The Procedure

Treatment with orthodontic band typically begins by taking x-rays, prints, and moulds of the teeth.  Next, the treatment plan is created using these models. Metal rings known as bands are positioned on the back molar teeth for added support.  The brackets are then attached to the teeth using bonding cement, and wires fastened to the brackets with elastic bands.

Invisalign treatment also begins with capturing x-rays and teeth impressions.  These are then used to create a precise digital 3D image; that will help in planning the procedure and configure your aligner trays accordingly.

Duration of Treatment

The length of orthodontic treatment differs depending upon the severity of the problem. Since braces remain fixed, they can last for up to two years. However, a routine checkup is needed every few weeks to replace, tighten them and to move teeth into place.

Aligners need to be worn at least for twenty hours a day but removed when brushing teeth or eating. Also, the new Invisalign is to be used every two weeks for an average of eighteen months.


Caring for the metal braces can be quite involving than it is with Invisalign. The brackets and wires can present a challenge to dental hygiene since food particles can get stuck in between. Brushing and flossing every day is a must and accessories like a water pik can help rinse those remote places.

It’s super easy to maintain your Invisalign aligners because they’re removable.  You can brush with toothpaste or soak in commercial cleansers- such as SonicBrite- exclusively made for Invisalign, and rinse your trays in lukewarm water to keep them clean.


A study that was comparing outcomes for Invisalign and orthodontic bands concluded that traditional braces achieved better results in the treatment of mild crowding malocclusions.

Invisalign was unable to rectify occlusal contacts and large anteroposterior discrepancies.  However, it was able to close gaps and amend anterior rotations and marginal ridge heights. Invisalign patients completed the treatment four months earlier than those with fixed appliances.


The average cost of a set of adult braces is $5000. This report is according to the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics.  Invisalign are about $500 more for a year’s worth of treatment. It ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, and the cost depends on the severity of the problem and the duration of treatment.

Insurance Coverage

Some insurance policies can cover braces, but the coverage can be different between plans. For instance, some insurance companies may cover 50% of the costs, only up to a specific maximum. According to these companies, braces and Invisalign are both considered equal orthodontic treatments. At Vita Dental Spring, we can sit down and discuss with you the most suitable payment options.


Whenever the orthodontic bands are made tight, it can cause pain, pressure, and gums or cheeks to become irritable.

Invisalign braces though, have smooth edges thus preventing them from sticking on a patient’s gums or cheek.  Nonetheless, they still cause minor discomfort every fortnight when a new set of Invisalign braces is worn.   


People with metal braces should avoid eating hard food like nuts, ice cubes, and chewing gum, or using teeth for anything else other than eating, as these can damage the braces. With Invisalign, there are no such restrictions because the aligners won’t be in use when eating, and patients can eat any food they desire.

Both orthodontic bands and Invisalign are not ideal for patients playing rough contact sports, bridgework and lack of discipline to keep the aligners on for at least 22 hours in a day.

Straightening your teeth has a positive impact on your overall oral health and smile.  If you’re in Spring, TX  and need help determining if braces or Invisalign make more sense for you, get in touch with Vita Dental Spring today to schedule a consultation.