Invisalign vs. Braces
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic procedure that helps straighten the teeth gradually. Invisalign has been popular with adults since it became available in 2000 as a braces alternative and is becoming increasingly popular with teens. Let’s review the pros and cons of each to make an informed decision about which is right for you.
How do Invisalign and metal braces straighten teeth?
The Invisalign system uses a clear plastic aligner to move teeth over time gently. Depending on your treatment plan, you will change the Invisalign clear aligners every week or two. The Invisalign aligners are made from a custom impression of your teeth, and the Invisalign aligners will fit snugly and comfortably over your teeth.
Brackets and wires are used in metal braces. The brackets are affixed to the teeth, and the wires are threaded through them. The wires put pressure on the teeth to move them correctly.
What alignment issues can each correct?
Both Invisalign and braces can correct a wide variety of alignment issues. Invisalign is particularly effective at treating mild to moderate cases of crooked teeth, while braces are more suited for more severe cases or teeth that need to be moved a lot. Unlike braces, Invisalign offers different treatment options for each individual so that you can get the best possible results.
Caring for Invisalign vs. Braces
Invisalign and braces require additional care to maintain healthy teeth and gums. With Invisalign, you will need to brush and floss, and you will also need to remove the aligners and brush them before putting them back in your mouth. In addition, when you wear braces, you need to brush and floss after every meal and snack. You will also need to use a water pick or unique flossing tool to clean between brackets and wires.
Wearing braces makes basic oral hygiene more difficult, and the metal brackets can cause tooth discoloration over time. Most patients find maintaining good oral hygiene habits is more accessible with Invisalign.
Comfort and Convenience
Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than braces. Traditional metal braces can be uncomfortable with harsh metal and wires. The smooth plastic of Invisalign aligners tends to be more tolerable.
Invisalign is also more convenient. They are removable, so you can eat and drink whatever you want and brush and floss as usual.
One thing to keep in mind would be the age and maturity of the patient. It is convenient that Invisalign is removable, but you must wear the aligners 22 hours a day for the system to work properly. The patient should remember to put their aligners back in promptly after meals and store them in a clean and safe place when they are not being worn.
How long does treatment last for traditional braces and Invisalign?
Treatment with traditional braces typically lasts around two years. Invisalign treatment takes approximately 12 months. Invisalign requires fewer in-person appointments because you can switch from one tray to the next at home. You will need to see your dentist every six to eight weeks for new Invisalign trays. Alternatively, your doctor has to tighten the brackets every two weeks manually for braces.
Cost of Invisalign vs. Braces
The cost of Invisalign and braces varies depending on your alignment needs. Invisalign treatment starts at around $3,000. There are also many different types of braces: traditional metal braces may be cheaper than Invisalign, but more popular modern versions like ceramic braces and lingual braces are usually more expensive than Invisalign.
See if Invisalign Treatment is Right for You!
Straightening teeth with Invisalign is an excellent option for people who want a discreet, comfortable, and convenient treatment. Invisalign can correct a wide variety of alignment issues and is a good choice for people who wish to maintain good oral health and fewer orthodontist visits than braces treatment. If you’re interested in Invisalign, talk to our dentist to see if it’s the proper treatment. Then, schedule a consultation at Tencza & Pugliese Dental today!