Invisalign vs. Braces
Both Invisalign and braces are designed to straighten your teeth or your kids teeth.
Braces are metal brackets that an Orthodontist glues for a period of years directly to your teeth. Advancements in braces allow you to more closely match the color of the brackets to the color of your teeth. Despite this, they will still be visible as they are placed on the front of your teeth.
Invisalign was first introduced in 2000. Being a fairly new treatment it hasn't been around as long as braces. Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that completely encase your teeth. By using X-rays, pictures and impressions taken of your teeth, a Dentist or Orthodontist is able to create a 3D image of your teeth. This 3D image allows him or her to precisely build your aligner trays to your specific needs.
Braces typically range from $1,800 to $5,000.
Invisalign costs an average of: $5,000.
Time for adjustment to take effects.
Braces tend to be worn 24/7 for two years. Invisalign is a 22 to 24 hours a day for six to eighteen months. This of course can be slightly misleading because severe problems have to be addressed by braces as Invisalign cannot fix certain issues.
When Braces are the better fit.
Certain teeth straightening will require braces over Invisalign. Depending on the severity of the problem that needs to be corrected, you may only be a candidate for braces. The cost of braces may be cheaper as well.
If you have doubts in your ability to regularly wear your Invisalign trays. Braces are not removable and therefore you have nothing to remember to do at night with them, except of course brushing your teeth.
When Invisalign is a better fit.
If hiding the process is important Invisalign is the better fit. Braces leave visible brackets on your teeth regardless of their color, whereas Invisalign is clear.
If being able to eat what you want when you want, Invisalign is the better fit. Because it is removable you are able to eat normally.
Braces vs. Invisalign Conclusion:
If your young, forgetful, and unconcerned about the look, Braces are probably the better fit. Especially if you've got some drastic teeth shifting to do. But if you're older, concerned about your look or just aren't ready to commit to braces full-time. You may want to reach out to a Dentist or Orthodontist who specializes in Invisalign and to see if you're a candidate.
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