Before the introduction of Invisalign in 1999, there was just one option for straightening your teeth. But Invisalign has risen in popularity to become a great alternative to braces.
Patients who have lived with crooked teeth well into their adult years are enjoying the freedom and discrepancy that Invisalign offers.
In contrast, metal braces don’t offer this benefit. They are very noticeable, so there is no hiding the fact that you are going through orthodontic treatment.
But aside from appearance, there are several things to consider when looking at options for straightening your teeth.
1. Invisalign aligners are removable; braces are permanent
Metal braces are traditionally done with metal wires and brackets that are bonded to the teeth. The brackets are not removable.
The Invisalign aligners are removable. In fact, they are actually a series of specially designed, clear custom fit trays. They are designed to be removed to eat, drink, brush and floss.
It is for this reason that Invisalign encourages good oral hygiene because in between every meal you are brushing and flossing food particles and debris away. Braces do not give you this luxury as they are permanently attached to each tooth.
2. There are food restrictions with metal braces.
In traditional braces, patients are limited on certain foods. Things like popcorn, chips and gum pose a risk for getting stuck in the teeth, brackets or wires.
3. Invisalign cannot make vertical movements.
The Invisalign aligners are designed to be released in the vertical plane of space, meaning you take them off vertically. Because of this, they cannot move or rotate a tooth using vertical movements. Braces are permanent so there is no vertical release and thus, they can make a wider range of tooth movements.
4. Metal braces allow for more precise movements.
Metal braces tend to result in optimal tooth position, optimal bone formation and stability. The goal with metal braces is aimed at not only aligning teeth in the arch, but also with the relationship with the opposing arch. So a completed treatment case will result in an equilibrated occlusion (bite).
5. Costs of the procedures can vary widely.
Metal braces, being the traditional orthodontic treatment, gives you a mouth full of shiny metal for a certain amount of time.
Because every patient has different dental needs, prices will vary according to those needs. The national average for braces is around $5,000.
And if you add on extras with your metal braces, the cost can be even higher. For example, one option in metal braces is to get brackets that match the color of your teeth. These brackets can add about $500 to the overall cost.
Ultimately, Invisalign offers several pluses: comfort, esthetically pleasing, convenient, less prone to decay, and easier to keep clean.
A consultation with a knowledgeable professional is the only way to determine the best course of treatment for your unique needs. Contact our Arlington TX Invisalign office today to find out more.