If you’re thinking about straightening your teeth, you will have to choose between going for an Invisalign or braces. So, how do you know which one works better for you?
There are pros and cons for both of these treatments, but no matter which one you choose, the result will be the transformation of your smile. If the dentist you visit is experienced enough to know what they are doing, you can rest assured that they will tailor the best treatment to suit your needs.
Before you move on to fixing your teeth, let’s explore the two options a little further so you can know what to expect.
The use of traditional metal braces is the most original form of orthodontic treatment. Similar designs have been used for many centuries dating back to the early dynastic periods. Of course, since then, these designs have evolved and improved into what they are today.
Braces are made up of standard metal brackets that are glued to your teeth using an adhesive and then connected by a wire. By periodically tightening them every few weeks, the pressure will eventually cause your teeth to fix themselves. During this whole process, the braces cannot be removed.
Braces can be used by anybody and are not just limited to either children or adults. For children, the best ages would be between the ages of 8 and 14 because this is the time when their head and mouth are most conducive to straightening. However, as long as your oral health is good with no extreme problems, you can get braces done at any age.
The treatment will usually take anywhere between 12 to 24 months. It will depend on the severity of the problems that need to be fixed. For older patients, it could take longer and go up to 36 months to complete. Traditional braces also cost anywhere between $2,000 to $5,000 and can even go above that depending on the treatment you need.
Invisalign or “see-through braces” are perfect for those who want their braces to be invisible. It is made using smooth, BPA-free clear plastic meant to gently move your teeth over time. They are created by making a 3D scan of your mouth and then configuring the aligners to fit your teeth perfectly. The aligners will fix your teeth slowly by adjusting them using a new set every couple of weeks.
When you wear them, you will barely notice that they are in your mouth. They will fit comfortably on your teeth without the use of additional wires but are still proven to be an effective form of treatment with long-lasting results.
Invisalign is usually preferred by those who wish to hide the treatment and don’t want their smile affected by all those metal pieces. They are easier to maintain and you will be able to brush and floss normally as well. However, if you are not diligent with wearing them or have a habit of forgetting, this treatment will take much longer to complete and will be more expensive overall.
The average treatment time using Invisalign is around 12 months. Of course, this will be adjusted depending on the level of fixing you require. If you’re wondering which is cheaper – braces or Invisalign, you should know that Invisalign costs between $3,000 and $7,000, more expensive than braces.
There are many factors to consider when you’re choosing between Invisalign or braces. While they both have their unique traits, both options are great for the reliable fixing of your teeth. If you make sure that the doctor you visit is experienced, you have nothing to worry about.
If you require braces, cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, or anything in between, you can trust Image Dental to be the best expert to help you. Contact us to set an appointment and get yourself that perfect dazzling smile.