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Invisalign vs Braces

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Invisalign Vs. Braces: Which Is the Right Treatment for You?

One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. Having straight, healthy teeth can significantly boost your self-esteem and confidence. It can also improve your oral health, making it easier to maintain good hygiene and prevent potential dental issues in the future. However, not everyone is born with perfect teeth.

There are two main treatment options available if you have misaligned or crooked teeth: Invisalign and traditional braces. Both options can effectively straighten your teeth, but they work very differently.

What Are Traditional Metal Braces?

Traditional braces are an orthodontic treatment involving metal brackets bonded to each tooth for effective movement. They have been around for many years, making them a common choice for crowded teeth, misaligned teeth, irregular bites, and other more complex orthodontic issues that demand strong, sustained pressure on the teeth.

While they are the most noticeable type of braces, this type of treatment is often the most cost-effective and efficient method of drastically correcting dental issues.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign (also called invisible aligners or invisible braces) is a transparent aligner crafted from durable, clear plastic. These removable aligners are practically invisible, giving them a discreet appearance and making them an excellent choice for adults and teenagers concerned about aesthetic purposes. It involves wearing your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day.

Your teeth will typically move up to 0.25 mm per tray. Every two weeks, the trays will be changed for a new set that continues to straighten your teeth. This process is done under the guidance of an orthodontist.

Invisalign Vs. Braces: What Are the Differences Between Them?

While both Invisalign and braces aim to give you a straight smile, they have many differences.

Appearance

Invisalign is virtually invisible as it uses clear plastic aligners, offering a more discreet treatment than traditional braces, which use noticeable metal wires and brackets. Invisalign is a better choice for adults who don't want to show their teeth with braces when smiling or talking.

Comfort

Invisalign aligners, made of soft plastic, are more comfortable than traditional metal brackets, which can have sharp edges and cause discomfort.

Flexibility

Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing for easier eating and cleaning. On the other hand, traditional braces are fixed and require careful cleaning around the brackets and wires.

Treatment Scope

Traditional braces often provide a better result for complex cases as they can exert more force to move teeth. While effective for many cases, Invisalign may be limited in treating severe or complicated orthodontic issues.

Duration of Treatment

The average treatment time depends on the specific case, but Invisalign tends to have a shorter treatment time.

Adjustments

Traditional braces require periodic adjustments at the dentist's office. On the other hand, Invisalign involves changing to a new set of aligners in two weeks, usually with fewer visits to the dentist.

Oral Hygiene

Cleaning with traditional braces can be more challenging due to the brackets and wires, making Invisalign aligners a potentially better option for those who struggle with oral care.

Food Restrictions

With traditional braces, there are certain foods that you need to avoid, such as hard or sticky foods that can damage the wires and brackets. Invisalign allows you to remove the aligners while eating, removing food restrictions.

What Is the Cost of Invisalign and Braces?

The cost of treatment for both Invisalign and braces tends to fall in the range of $4,000 – $6,000. Many dental offices, including ours, offer no-interest payment plans. To facilitate your treatment preference, we aim to keep our treatment costs consistent, regardless of whether you choose Invisalign or braces.

For more details about the cost of Invisalign and braces, booking an appointment with our dentist is best.

Does Insurance Cover Invisalign and Traditional Braces?

Many orthodontic insurance plans cover both treatments. However, it depends on your specific insurance plan and coverage. Traditional braces are usually fully covered by dental insurance plans insurance, while Invisalign may be partially covered or not at all. Consult with your insurance company to determine your coverage.

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Invisalign Vs. Braces: Let Us Help You Make an Informed Decision

Both Invisalign and traditional braces have pros and cons, making it challenging to determine the right treatment. Invisalign may be suitable if you have mild to moderate teeth misalignment. On the other hand, traditional braces may be a better choice if you have severe misalignment or bite issues. They can apply more force for tooth movement and correct bite problems effectively.

When you come to our dental office for an initial consultation, our experienced orthodontist will assess your teeth and jaw to determine the most appropriate orthodontic treatment option. We will consider your needs, lifestyle factors, and budget in your treatment plan.

Call us now to schedule your orthodontic appointment and take the first step toward achieving straighter teeth!

My daughter has been going to Leiker for 4 years. They are the best!!!

Dr. Leiker and his staff were amazing. There was no time wasted. They promptly saw me and took great care of my services. I recommend to anyone seeking orthodontics.

The team at Leiker orthodontics did such a great job with my braces journey! Got them off today and couldn’t be more happy with the results!! Would highly recommend for all your ortho needs! And a special shout out to Paula for being so kind and patient with me during the removal process! It was, as I’m sure I mentioned 100x, my worst nightmare as I’ve always been a nervous wreck with any dental procedures 😅

Great office and staff!

Super friendly and helpful great staff

Professional staff and they're helpful.

From my first call to after our 1st visit our experience has been great. The office staff is amazing and are very knowledgeable in insurance etc and explain everything up front. We will be starting treatment soon and feel my grand will be in very good hands.

great atmosphere and great staff

Best Orthodontist! Dr Leiker and his staff always so kind. My kids are always so comfortable..

Great staff!!

Staff is incredibly friendly and they really take the time to properly care for you. I’ve had my braces for almost 3 years but my mouth was fugly before I got them and my new smile really shows my happiness. THEY ARE THE BEST!

Love love love Leiker Ortho the staff is amazing and Dr. Leiker is great!

Nicest staff and dentist you will find. Genuinely love going in for my appointments.

Always a pleasant experience! The team is so kind, punctual and quick!

Amazing staff, amazing doctors! Would recommend this place to anyone in the area!

We had a great experience. Probably the best, most friendly consultation I have ever experienced. They have my daughter excited for dental work!

Leiker Orthodontics never disappoints. We never have to wait past our appointment time and everyone is friendly and helpful. I will recommend them every time.

Love Kathy!! the best orthodontic service in the world, she takes her time and double checks everything, nothing ever falls off or punctures my sons cheeks when she adjusts his braces, his teeth have gone from (parallel) to (in line), incredible! when spending this much money you want the best service possible! And that is Kathy by far! not to mention she is warm and friendly which is the icing on the cake!

Dr Leiker is an excellent orthodontist! He is very knowledgeable, professional and extremely kind! As well as his entire staff are also very professional and kind too! Thank you so much 😊 Kristy Sanchez Leon

So I waited to write this review until after my daughters braces were taken off. The whole process took about 2 years and I wanted to be able to give an honest and thorough review. I can say with certainty that we went with the right team for her beautiful smile. From start to finish, the process has been seamless. The price was fair. The work was beautiful. Her teeth have changed sooo much!! From Miss Tiffany at the front desk, to all the ladies in the back, to Dr. Leiker himself, the staff had been so kind and helpful over the past 2 years. 10/10 would recommend! My son will be needing braces in the next year or so and we will without a doubt be returning patients. Thank you Leiker team!!

Great customer service and care. The staff is always kind and smiling.

Great Office!!

They treat me like family! Love this Ortho!

The atmosphere is friendly and everyone makes an effort to make you feel comfortable. The doctors are easy going, not aggressive with treatments and willing to allow time for treatment. Other doctors recommended invasive procedures to speed up treatment and that was not needed or wanted. I appreciated the kindness of Dr. Leiker in considering how I wanted to approach my treatment along with what would get the best results.

Leiker Orthodontics took care of my Invisalign process from beginning to end. I must say that it was the most pleasant dental experience I have had in my 55 years. Most people are hesitant to go to the dentist for even the most routine work, but I have to admit that I always looked forward to visiting the Leiker office. They have the most friendly staff and the coolest arcade room. Most importantly, they made me feel welcome even though I was an older adult getting braces.

Great and Friendly Service. HIGHLY Recommended!

Everyone at Leiker is always very helpful. Thank you!

Leiker Orthodontics - Conroe always makes my son feel at ease at his appointment. Dr. Bausch takes his time in explaining what he is doing, the work is never rushed and everyone is very nice.

Leiker Orthodontics is a very organized and family friendly environment. I have been under Invisalign treatment there over a year. All of my experiences have been great and educational!

I had not seeing my daughter smile in years. Dr. Bautsh brought back her smile! And the staff is amazing!

We love this office everyone is so friendly the office is very nice and welcoming!

My son was a patient of Dr. Leiker 10+ years ago before they relocated to the new office and everyone was really friendly and courteous so naturally I brought my daughter here when it was her time for braces. The office is clean and they have snacks and drinks in the waiting room. There’s also a game room with old school arcade games if you’re bored.

I have always felt self conscious about my teeth even when speaking to a professional. Leiker Orthodontics provides excellent service and makes me feel comfortable while talking and discussing my teeth.

Never overbooked, always greeted with a smile, all staff is extremely friendly, and I love that everything is explained so that you can easily understand. My son is always nervous at doctors appts, or dentist appts, but he is relaxed and comfortable visiting his orthodontist.

Leiker Orthodontics always has the best service! Their office is extremely well run and everyone is so kind and helpful.

Great and fast service!

Kind attention

They took my child as a patient when we moved because of a natural disaster. Very friendly staff

Have been without retainers for years now and had two teeth shift (1 top 1 bottom.) Was quoted in the thousands by another local ortho for invisalign as the only treatment option. Leiker was able to fit me with retainers with corrections added to the shifted teeth that moved them back into place for $350. Saved me thousands. Very happy with my results and retainers.

Everyone there was very professional and kind. They did a great job on my son’s teeth. I would recommend them to anyone needing to see an orthodontist.

Love this place! From the front desk staff to the doctor it was smooth and Skylar loves her braces!

It's been a wonderful experience for me. They've always been on time, friendly and gone out of their way to perfect their work. Always personable and professional as well. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Location for us is convenient; quick and efficient appointments; I have had to be late once and there was no stress, no penalty, just understanding. That goes a very long way.

Absolutely pleased with my new smile. I originally started in another city and the transfer to Leiker was so smooth and easy. All the staff are amazing and Dr. Leiker is a wonderful orthodontist. Highly recommend!

Absolutely pleased with my new smile. I originally started in another city and the transfer to Leiker was so smooth and easy. All the staff are amazing and Dr. Leiker is a wonderful orthodontist. I’ve been to both locations. Highly recommend!

I love this place and these great people!!! We always have a pleasant experience. And are impressed with how much progress has happened within the first month! 💚💚💚

We have been going to Dr. Leiker for years and it is always a great experience! Dr. Leiker and his staff are super friendly and greet you with a smile every visit. My daughters love the snacks and the game room!😄

Dr Leiker and staff are very knowledgeable, patient, and kind. He and his staff take their time explaining the treatment plan and any questions or concerns I may have. They are also very flexible with my kids busy schedules and always are able to work us in if we have any conflicts or issues. I am very pleased with the care both of my kids are receiving at Leiker orthodontics. I can see a difference in their smiles and confidence already. I highly recommend.

Everyone here at this office is amazing and so full of spirit. So friendly made me and my grandson feel welcomed. He loved the staff so good with him. Highly recommend them.

Great!!! Completely recommend!

Always feel so welcomed by the friendly staff. It is so easy to reschedule when something unexpected happens on my appointment day.

My child and I are happy with the services the Leiker Orthodontics office provided. They have great orthodontist, friendly staff, easy scheduling, multiple locations, clean office, and excellent service. Will definitely use them again for my other children and recommend them to anyone looking for an orthodontist.

Always friendly service! We love Dr B!

It is always a great atmosphere at Leiker Ortodonists. They answer all our questions and address all our concerns.

The staff is very professional and they know exactly what they’re doing. Everyone is friendly and they always answer any questions you have. I always recommend this place to all my friends and family members. Keep up the good work!

We love the whole staff at both locations! They honestly have the greatest overall service! Thank y’all! 💙

I have two kids that have come to Leiker’s and they both have had such a great experience. The staff is amazing and the work up was well done. My oldest came as an adult and my youngest came as a preteen. Both were very satisfied with the service.

Professional so very friendly Dr Leaker the nicest guy the results beautiful teeth beautiful smile love this orthodontist office !!!!!!??

Leiker Orthodontics has awesome staff quick & thorough. Dr. Brad is the best!

The office staff is professional, on time and friendly!

Update: She has completed her process and through out the staff was accommodating and transparent. Will be coming back for my second child when the time comes. Very welcoming and friendly staff. My daughter enjoyed meeting with Dr. Leiker for a consultation. Straightforward and very clear on process and financial aspect which makes it very easy as a parent.

You’re greeted with a smile every visit! The office is clean, beautifully decorated and comfortable. Most importantly, the staff is caring, friendly and professional.

Awesome people

Fast and professional!

Staff is very friendly and prompt. No pain and in and out appointments. Definitely recommend Leiker Orthodontics for any ortho needs.

Staff and orthodontist is great!

Friendly, professional staff, little to no wait times for appointments, and Dr. Leiker has been great with my Invisalign treatment.

It was great everyone was very nice and welcoming I loved it!!

Dr. Bausch and all of his staff are outstanding! Personable and knowledgeable. I highly recommend!

The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They made the consultation process easy and made me feel at ease.

Every appointment has been on time and every person in the office has been extremely knowledgeable! I will recommend this office without hesitation!

The staff is very friendly and professional. The office and waiting room are extremely clean. The staff knows you as a person and not just another “client or customer.” When you leave, they make sure that you are feeling okay with whatever procedure you had. This positive attitude is the same in both office locations. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a great orthodontist and welcoming staff.

It was a nice visit to thr orthodontist! Very friendly. Very welcoming. Ours is a tough case, but they are creating a plan for us to move forward.

The greatest dentist I even been to and the nicest employees in the world . I love going in for check ups.. always good energy and service !

We enjoyed working with the staff. The doctor is great and always lifted my son’s spirit. The office was very clean, which always gives you peace of mind.

Very quick, easy, and efficient.

Wonderful customer service!!! My daughter is a patient here and her teeth look fantastic after the removal of her braces.

Awesome team! Very professional, I couldn’t have picked a better orthodontics office.

My son had his initial visit with Dr. Bautsch. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. Dr. Bautsch was very friendly and patient and took the time to answer all our questions. Jill was also very kind snd took time to schedule our appointments and explain everything in detail. We are very happy with our choice of orthodontist!

The staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating.

Excellent doctors and staff..professional, kind and helpful always! Thank you Kristy Leon

We love the staff at Leiker! From the Drs to the front desk, everyone is super friendly & helpful 💖

They are always on time with the appointments and the tech and orthodontist explain everything fully. They are very friendly and pleasant.

Very friendly and fun staff! Lovely office with honest Dr! Can’t wait for treatment!

They are super nice and always make my daughter feel special! They are super nice and always super quick

Very friendly staff. Explained everything professionally. Very clean & a beautiful atmosphere. So glad I was recommended to them.

Dr. Leiker and his staff are wonderful from the beginning to the end. I cannot imagine a more professional, courteous, and competent orthodontist practice.

The staff were all great and I appreciate the obvious extra efforts they made that no other doctor’s office I have ever been to has done. My son and I went in together to get Invisalign and they gave us each a welcome gift bag and were super friendly, efficient and attentive. Great experience .

Great experience! Dr. Leiker and his staff are always pleasant and they do wonderful work. Cathy really goes above and beyond. Great thing is whomever you come across you want be disappointed. I would highly recommend.

Love Dr Leiker! A calm, peaceful environment and friendly staff! We have been so happy there!

Great place! I love coming here!

Great experience! Dr Leiker’s office is always punctual & he & his staff do a great job. I highly recommend Dr Leiker for all of your orthodontic needs. He goes above & beyond to take great care of his patients.

This orthodontic is great!!! Good price, nice staff, and best of all: there’s a game room. My daughters teeth look so good! I thank the people who work hard everyday to make our smiles pretty

I love every experience and interaction with the office staff and Dr. Leiker. They are absolutely great!

I have had an excellent experience with their office. The Dr. and all staff members are just amazing!

Everyone at the office is incredibly friendly and always makes my daughter feel comfortable during her ortho appointment. The office is clean and well-kept. The doctors are very nice and personable as well. It is easy to schedule your appointments and they respect your time, as appointments tend to run on time.

Always friendly, efficient, and love my Invisalign results!!!

The office and exam area is very neat and clean. The people are extremely nice. I would recommend them for sure.

Dr Leiker and his staff are fantastic! We are a second generation family using his services. My daughter had orthodontic work growing up and now my grandchildren are seeing Dr Leiker. The staff is always friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this orthodontic practice.

Fast friendly service !!!

Everybody is so nice, professional! Dr Leiker is nice and professional

The facility and EVERYONE that works there. You all are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Highly recommend.

Staff always have a positive attitude. When I walk in, I definitely get the feel for a positive atmosphere. Always very welcoming as well.

What a difference a year makes!

Awesome staff as always!! I met Dr Leiker back in 97 when I had braces applied...now it's my son's turn.

Very professional. Clean. Well run team, and personable approach. You can tell it is a family practice! Glad to have my three kids - and myself - treated at Leiker Orthodontics!!!

Dr. Bautsch and the entire staff. Such a nice pleasant place, everyone is happy and efficient.

Love the convenience of The Woodlands location, staff is great, appointments are fast and so far my daughter’s results are great!!

It’s a family friendly place that has a great atmosphere and overall gets the job done and if their is any issues they will make it right as fast as possible!

Amazing people with great hearts! Genuine hospitality!! Vibes and energy is always good, and everyone there is amazing

The office staff and Dr. Leiker are great. Our experience has always been fast and easy. I have recommended Dr. Leiker to many of my daughters friends who need orthodontics. Awesome experience every time!

Dr. Leiker is an exceptional orthodontist who truly cares for his patients. Very professional, friendly , thorough service. He and his office staff are amazing!!

The staff and doc are all wonderful. The assistants are hilarious and keep things upbeat and light hearted. The facility is beautiful. I have never had issues with my payments and they have always communicated with me about my insurance.

I like leiker Orthodontics because they are so loving and caring. Every time I go there Dr Leiker and the staff are joking around to make me laugh and are smiling and treat me so nicely. Jennifer at the front desk always takes your calls so politely and is very helpful with advice for pain etc. She never gets annoyed of your calls - in the starting I was so nervous and kept calling her for everything but she was never hesitant or ignorant instead she was graceful and nice about it. Dr Leiker is also very nice and funny. I once broke one of my collars but they quickly made an appointment the very next day and they were still very nice to me and fixed it. They let you know what they will do beforehand and they make sure they are not hurting you too much. If it is hurting you they will change the technique, explain why it might be hurting, provide you with things or advice that can help cope with the pain and for me they have even changed my spring many times so it wouldn’t get the cuts the wire gives me sometimes. They are also very understanding with me. I appreciate them giving me this opportunity to have a better smile even in times like this, taking complete precautions like filling a form, using hand sanitizer, checking temp etc. , and always being nice.

Dr. Leiker has a WONDERFUL staff who take care of me like family!

The doctors here are amazing. Very personable. They can get you in quick if needed. My entire family uses them! 100% recommend!

Friendly & Professional. Always on time. We never have to wait. Convenient Locations

Everyone is so friendly.

A great experience with knowledgeable , friendly people and Doctor.

We love the convenience of the office in The Woodlands. Dr. Leiker has an office full of super friendly staff, which my kids appreciate.

Love how personal the staff is and appointments go fast ! We can always count on them to take care of any of our cares, concerns and last minute schedule changes.

Dr Leiker and his staff are excellent. We have felt welcome and comfortable from the first step in the office! They are always friendly and informative! I love the point system they use to encourage patients to have good dental hygiene, make good grades, do community service and so much more! I highly recommend this team!!!