Invisalign® vs Braces: Two Options for Teeth Straightening

When it comes time to straighten your children’s or your teeth, you may be wondering whether to invest in Invisalign® or traditional braces. Which do you chose?

Invisalign® vs Braces: Basics

Braces involve having metal brackets glued to your teeth, while wire and dental rubber bands are tied within the brackets. These wires and bands are adjusted according to your individual needs. Brackets can be different colors, including the color of your tooth enamel to look more discrete.

Invisalign®, first used in 2000, does a similar job as braces. However, the material is meant to be invisible. Instead of metal, your orthodontist will create aligner trays to shift your teeth gently throughout your procedure time.

Invisalign® vs Braces: Treatment and Maintenance

When wearing braces, you will not be able to remove the metal for an average of two years, meaning you will have to adjust to having the brackets on throughout the entire day. Invisalign® patients generally wear their aligners for 22-24 hours every day for six to eighteen months.

Brushing the brackets of braces is as normal as brushing without them, but a water pick is recommended and helpful for hard to reach areas. Invisalign® has its own cleaning system that you can place the aligners in, or you can brush and clean them in lukewarm water.

Invisalign® vs Braces: Follow Ups

While follow up visits for people wearing braces are only every month or so, Invisalign® aligner trays must be changed every two weeks, with more extensive checkups every four to six weeks later on. After treatment is over, both options usually involve wearing a retainer for the long term, most likely at nighttime only.

Invisalign® vs Braces: Cost

Braces can cost anywhere from $1,800 to $8,000, depending on the severity of the procedure. Invisalign®, on the other hand, can cost an average of $5,000. These prices are also dependent on your insurance coverage for these procedures; however, some plans may not cover Invisalign® treatment.

Invisalign® vs Braces: Other Considerations

Although Invisalign® is virtually invisible and considered more comfortable and flexible compared to braces, a patient with more complex dental issues may benefit more from traditional braces. Those with braces must be careful about the foods that they eat in order to avoid bracket breakage, while Invisalign® cleaning is necessary after every meal in order to avoid it staining the clear aligners.

If you or your child has issues that need bridgework or more complex procedures, such as rotating canines, Invisalign® is not recommended. If you believe that you or child would not be able to commit wearing the clear aligners for at least 22 hours each day and cleaning after every meal, then you would want to consider having traditional braces.

If you are experiencing issues with crooked teeth or an abnormal bite, Taglia Advanced Dentistry can help with all your needs and concerns. For a consultation to correct that smile, contact our Elmwood Park clinic at 708-740-5086 or schedule an appointment online today. We are located near Oak Park, Melrose Park, River Forest, Maywood, Franklin Park and Bellwood Illinois.