Choosing between Invisalign and traditional braces can be challenging because both have pros and cons. When making the decision, there is no wrong answer; it often comes down to your personal preference and a few outside factors. If you are on the fence, here is a little more information to help you decide.
What is Invisalign?
Simply put, Invisalign is an orthodontic device that aligns teeth like traditional braces. These nearly invisible braces are made from medical-grade plastic and slide over your teeth. The custom-molded plastic applies gentle pressure to the teeth to guide them to their correct position.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The cost of Invisalign varies depending on many factors, like how long you need them and where you live. Invisalign can cost anywhere from two to ten thousand dollars, but it is often somewhere in the middle, around five or six thousand, which is comparable to traditional braces in many areas. The great news is that Invisalign is often covered by orthodontic insurance. Even if it is not, the benefits are worth the out-of-pocket costs.
How Much Do Traditional Braces Cost?
Traditional braces are sometimes a less expensive option, but you trade the cost for the benefits of Invisalign. Just like Invisalign, the price of traditional braces depends on several factors. Metal braces can cost anywhere between two and six thousand dollars and are usually covered by orthodontic insurance.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
As the name suggests, Invisalign braces are nearly invisible, so while they are doing their job, you can remain confident in your smile.
Easy to Care For
Unlike traditional braces that take much extra care to work, Invisalign is much easier to care for. Since you can remove Invisalign braces, they are much easier to clean and care for. In addition, invisible aligners make it easier to care for your teeth because you can remove them to brush and floss, and even whiten your teeth during treatment.
No Food Restrictions
One of the most significant complaints about traditional braces is the restrictions on what you can eat. The chances of breaking a bracket or getting food stuck in your braces prevent users from enjoying sticky foods or popular snacks like popcorn. With Invisalign, you only need to remove your aligner while eating these foods and replace it when you’re done.
No Negative Aesthetics
Braces are often considered a childhood device, so traditional braces can give off a negative, immature aesthetic in the business world. Clear braces allow you to correct teeth without these negative stereotypes.
Since Invisalign gives gentle pressure to your teeth, they are much more comfortable than traditional braces, which can cause significant pain when adjusted.
What is the Process to Get Invisalign?
Getting Invisalign is pretty straightforward and no more invasive than traditional braces.
Step 1: The initial consultation will ensure that Invisalign is the right equipment for your needs and explain the process in depth.
Step 2: Pictures and digital impressions are taken of your smile and bite that allow us to create a treatment plan and create a blueprint for your aligners.
Step 3: Invisalign will fabricate your aligners and ship them to you to be worn for at least 20 hours each day. You will be given a timeline for how long you need to wear each aligner before moving on to the next stage.
Step 4: Enjoy the perfect smile you’ve always wanted!
Don’t Wait Another Day
If you wish that there was something you could do to improve your smile, don’t wait another day. Invisalign braces are the perfect alternative to get the smile you’ve always wanted without the distraction and life-altering effects of traditional braces. If you are ready to improve your smile and life, reach out to us to find out how we can help.