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Invisalign VS Braces VS Veneers

Invisalign VS Braces VS Veneers

The answer to the perfect smile


It may appear that all of these three options produce the same end result, that being a beautiful and confident smile. However, there is more to consider than simply the end result. Some key questions you need to consider include:

  • What is the cost of the treatment?
  • How long is the treatment?
  • What is the most comfortable treatment?
  • What treatment is going to impact my day-to-day life the most?

Costs and duration of each treatment can vary according to which orthodontist you visit.

The three types of braces, all with varying costs, are metal, ceramic and lingual. The traditional metal braces are the least expensive but also the most noticeable. Ceramic have tooth-colored brackets so they’re less noticeable but generally more expensive than traditional braces. Then there are lingual, which are traditional metal brackets placed on the insides of the teeth. Lingual are of course less noticeable but the most expensive type of braces.

With veneers, a portion of tooth enamel is removed and replaced with porcelain. This is typically an instantaneous solution however it can also be very expensive. Veneers don’t actually correct misaligned teeth, rather they are a visual replacement for your teeth. It is also permanent and needs to be reapplied every five to ten years, which adds to the expense. Patients also need to take care not to chip or break the veneers, which can occur when eating certain foods, apples for example.

Invisalign not only straightens teeth, it also treats cases such as overbite, under bite, crowding, cross bite and spacing. This revolutionary type of treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible aligners, so hardly anybody notices that you’re wearing them. Unlike traditional braces, the custom-made aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing or flossing. This is a major advantage as it ensures you the opportunity to maintain good oral hygiene. Another major advantage is the smoothness and comfortable plastic, which make up the aligners. In contrast to traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are less likely to irritate your cheeks and gums.

  • Almost invisible
  • Comfortable and removable
  • Brush and floss normally
  • Braces
  • Invisalign
  • Traditional metal braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Cost
  • From AED 25,000
  • From AED 10,000
  • From AED 12,000
  • From AED 30,000

Of course your orthodontist can help to guide you through which treatment plan is best for you, but it is equally important that you have an understanding of each treatment option available to you.

*Note that veneers are not included in the above charts because they don’t correct misaligned teeth, rather they are a visual replacement for your teeth.

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