Invisalign braces and traditional braces can both give you a straighter, healthier smile. So why would you choose Invisalign over metal braces? Invisalign has many benefits for patients who want to improve their smiles. At Smile Creations in Covington, GA, we recommend Invisalign for many of our patients with mild to moderate misalignment as an affordable orthodontic/cosmetic treatment. The following is a breakdown of the cost and benefits of Invisalign.
Invisalign straightening uses a series of custom plastic aligner trays that fit snugly over the teeth. The trays are clear and virtually undetectable when worn. They are made from a BPA-free plastic that is comfortable and does not irritate the inside of the mouth. Traditional braces use metal brackets that are attached to tooth and a metal wire that runs bracket to bracket. The brackets can irritate or cut the inside of the mouth.
Invisalign aligner trays are swapped out every two weeks to gradually move teeth into proper alignment. Traditional metal braces use the tightening of the bracket and wire to put pressure on the teeth and reposition them appropriately. While both methods are effective, Invisalign trays are a gentler approach to straightening.
The average cost of traditional braces and Invisalign is about the same for mild to moderate misalignment. Patients who only have small cosmetic alignment issues may need less treatment time, which can make Invisalign more affordable.
So, how do I choose?
When deciding on Invisalign or traditional braces you should consider your lifestyle. Since Invisalign trays are removable, there is no lengthy list of restricted foods. With traditional braces, hard or sticky foods are absolutely off limits.
Another advantage of Invisalign is the ease of oral hygiene. Removing Invisalign trays makes brushing and flossing easy. Patients with braces often deal with increased cases of decay because it can be difficult to completely brush away food debris.
The most important thing to consider with Invisalign is compliance. Since the trays are removable it can be tempting to take them off, however success is dependent on wearing them as instructed.