Comparison Table

Definition: A removable spring aligner A series of rigid, clear plastic trays Brackets and wires fixed to teeth Brackets and wires fixed to back of teeth
Visibility: Clear aligner bars fairly visible Very discreet Brackets are clear, wires coated to be tooth coloured Brackets and wires hidden as placed on the back of the teeth
Average Speed: 6-16 Weeks 6-18 Months 3-12 Months 3-12 Months
Cost to patient: Low Low to mid Mid Mid
Suitability: Front 4 teeth Front 6-8 teeth Front 6-10 teeth Front 6 teeth
Convenience: Removable:
20 hours a day
22-23 hours a day
Fixed Fixed

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