If you are considering Invisalign or traditional braces, you likely have a lot of questions. Which works better? Which method is less expensive? How long will each take for the best results possible? It’s certainly understandable… navigating these options can be confusing. But never fear! We’re here to help! That’s why we’ve assembled this handy guide to answer your questions.
What’s the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces?
We’re so glad you asked! Braces are the metal brackets you are used to seeing. The bands are glued to your teeth, and little wires link the bands together. New versions of the brackets come in colors to match your teeth, or your personality!
On the other hand, by design, Invisalign is intended to be unseen. The trays are made of clear plastic. These trays slip over your teeth and gradually move your teeth into the desired position. The treatment may involve x-rays and impressions to ensure the trays are configured accordingly.
Can I play sports with braces?
Braces may not be ideal for some serious contact sports. Brackets and wires can cut your gums and mouth tissue. Invisalign is a smooth plastic surface, so cuts and abrasions are less likely to happen.
How long does each method take to straighten my teeth?
Each situation is different, and each treatment plan is individualized based on your unique needs, so it’s difficult to say how long each might take. In some cases, Invisalign can work in as little as 6-18 months, depending on the unique needs of each patient. Braces could take a bit longer.
Which will work best for me?
There are pros and cons to each treatment plan. Adults may prefer the less obvious look of Invisalign for personal or professional reasons. The ability to remove the trays to enable easier brushing and flossing is also a benefit of Invisalign.
Clearly, the decision requires more that we can outline here. The only way to know if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our office. We’re happy to evaluate your unique needs and make the best recommendation possible.