Invisalign vs. Fastbraces

 In Chicago Orthodontist

No matter your age, everyone deserves a smile they’re proud to show off!  And, fortunately, there are lots of orthodontic treatments available for both teens and adults to straighten those pearly whites.  Two such options are Invisalign and Fastbraces®.

Superficial benefits aside, there are so many reasons why orthodontics are both desired and necessary.  The treatment is about so much more than cosmetic issues, as a healthy smile can impact everything from your self-esteem to your overall oral health.  Some of the health benefits include:

  • Strengthened Enamel – Crooked teeth create irregular worn spots on your other teeth when you bite down.
  • Stave Off Bacteria – It’s easier for food to get stuck in crooked teeth, which can lead to the build-up of harmful bacteria that leads to tooth decay and gum disease.  
  • Prevent Misalignment – Orthodontics also help to properly align your jaw.  Misalignment can lead to pain associated with TMJ disorder.

There are clearly many benefits to seeking orthodontic treatment.  So, how do you know which is right for you? Let’s take a closer look what you should know about Invisalign vs. Fastbraces®:


Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses no metal or wires.  Patients are fitted for a series of clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth, with each tray being a slightly different shape.  When you wear them in sequence, they reposition your teeth and jaw just as traditional braces do.

Many patients find that the process is very user-friendly, as the trays can be taken out at any time, whenever needed.  This means that you don’t have to worry about avoiding certain foods, and it makes cleaning much easier. Then, of course, you have the added benefit of the trays being clear.  In fact, just as you may have figured from their name, they’re practically invisible when worn, so you don’t have to hide your smile! The only downside is that this discrete method will cost more than traditional wire braces.


While traditional metal braces are still highly successful and widely used, one of their biggest drawbacks is that they take years to correct.  This can mean anywhere from two to three years of food restrictions and a mouth full of metal! But, with Fastbraces®, you don’t have to wait that long to see your newly perfected smile.

Fastbraces® are a modern orthodontic treatment that use uniquely shaped brackets and wires that actually move your entire tooth, from root to crown, all at once.  Aside from the fact that this treatment is more comfortable to the wearer than traditional braces, the entire process only takes months.  The only downsides here are that you will have metal and wires hiding your smile for a short time, and you’ll have to be careful about what you eat while wearing them.  But again – you only have to worry about this for a matter of months, not years!

Which Is Right for You?

When it comes to choosing the appropriate method of orthodontic treatment for you, it’s a decision best discussed with your dentist.  Both Invisalign and Fastbraces® are excellent forms of treatment, and we offer both right here in our office. So, when you’re ready to change your smile, give us a call to schedule your appointment, and take that next step closer to your perfect smile!  


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