Many of us will require teeth straightening at some point in our lives. Some of us make this commitment as adults, others will undergo the process as children or teenagers. Today there are many teeth-straightening options available. If you are considering Invisalign or braces, ask several questions before committing to one of these corrective approaches. The following is a helpful guide to what to consider when deciding between the two.
The Basic Breakdown
To begin, you need to have a basic understanding of both Invisalign and braces. Both are designed to straighten teeth and both are effective treatments prescribed by orthodontists. Braces are mostly metal devices made of fixtures that are glued to your teeth. The fixtures, called brackets, are connected with wire and rubber bands. Brackets come in a variety of colors popular with children, and are also offered in tooth enamel shades. Braces are tightened intermittently, causing your teeth to gently align.
On the other hand, Invisalign treatments consist of clear plastic mouthguard-like trays that fit over your teeth. They are made to fit your unique set of teeth. Instead of intermittent tightening, you will need to frequently switch your Invisalign tray out for another, using a series of trays tailored to align your smile.
What to consider
The number one thing to consider when deciding between Invisalign services and traditional braces is cost. On average, Invisalign costs more per year of service. The cost increase varies greatly depending on your orthodontist, insurance, and length of treatment, but is typically around $500 more than braces per year.
If cost is less of a concern, you will want to consider what sort of straightening you need done. For example, when treating certain teeth misalignment (such as intense overlapping or teeth that are growing in at different heights) traditional metal braces may be more effective. However, for standard teeth straightening both processes are effective and have similar results.
Children and teens who lack personal discipline may have difficulties with Invisalign because teeth trays need to switched biweekly. They also require cleaning and general maintenance. The trays are to be worn for at least 22 hours per day, but unlike traditional braces, the temptation and ability to remove them might hinder a patient’s progress. However, with Invisalign services, you may avoid recurring appointments with the orthodontist, which can be very convenient.
Lastly, patients considering Invisalign services will want to consider the aesthetic qualities of the clear trays vs. standard metal braces. A less noticeable tray may be the deciding factor for many adults or teens. While standard metal braces are highly effective, many choose Invisalign because it allows them to commit to straightening their teeth without having metal bands and fixtures in their mouths. The trays are also very comfortable.
Call Simcoe Smile Dental at 289.312.1482 to schedule your Invisalign service today!