Invisalign vs Braces: Finding the Perfect Fit
Have you been considering orthodontic treatment but aren’t sure if traditional metal braces or Invisalign® clear aligners are the right choice for you? It’s a dilemma many of us face, as both options are effective at correcting teeth misalignment and other dental issues. Each option comes with its own pros and cons, and it can be hard to know which path to take. Thankfully, with our Invisalign vs. braces guide, you can make an informed decision about which option is the best fit for your needs.
Invisalign and metal braces have both proven to be effective orthodontic tools to straighten teeth. They both apply gentle pressure to teeth to gradually shift them into place. In some cases, Invisalign has the benefit of providing shorter treatment times, between 12 and 18 months. Invisalign is excellent for most alignment issues, like overcrowding, spacing, and under or overbites.
Traditional braces have an edge for the effective treatment of severe misalignment or bite correction. With their versatility and the use of rubber bands, metal braces may be the better choice for patients with more complicated orthodontic issues.
For patient comfort, Invisalign aligners have a clear advantage. They’re custom-made to fit comfortably over the teeth and gums, with little or no irritation. Since they’re removable, daily oral hygiene and eating are kept just as simple as one’s normal routine.
Traditional metal braces may also cause sensitivity or discomfort when playing sports or an instrument. Your lifestyle is worth considering when deciding which option is the best fit for you.
When it comes to affordability, metal braces generally have a slight advantage over Invisalign. From the manufacturing of several aligner trays and materials, the cost of Invisalign may be slightly higher than braces.
This will also depend on individual insurance coverage. Some plans are willing to cover a larger portion of one treatment over the other. If you’re unsure of your insurance benefits, our team is happy to help contact your plan provider to determine what your benefits are and how they can affect your orthodontic treatment plan.
While aligning your teeth, it’s still important to practice daily oral hygiene and make regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings. Since they’re removable, Invisalign aligners have the clear edge in maintaining excellent oral hygiene during treatment. Simply slip them out for easy access when brushing across and flossing in between teeth two times a day.
The metal arch wire and brackets can make oral hygiene more difficult with braces. Food particles are also more likely to get stuck, leading to more bacteria or discomfort in the mouth. Different flossing instruments or water irrigation tools can help patients maintain their oral health during their treatment period.
Find the Perfect Fit for Your Needs Today
In the end, the decision often comes down to personal comfort, preference, and specific dental needs. Fortunately, at Gramercy Dental Center, we offer our expertise to help you make the best choice. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more about which orthodontic option will work best for you. There is no time like the present to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted!