The ultimate goal of getting braces is having a perfectly straight set of pearly whites.
Still, the road to reaching your smile goals can vary greatly based on what method of teeth straightening you use.
While traditional, metal braces have done a credible job at straightening crooked teeth for the past couple of centuries, there is a relatively newer – and far more discreet – alternative to achieving a straight smile: Invisalign!
If you already know you need braces, or you think you or a family member may need them, it’s wise to take some time to review your options and see what’s the best fit for you before springing for a dental plan.
Let’s take a look at Invisalign vs. braces.
Comparing Invisalign to Braces
Here are five important things to consider when choosing between classic braces and Invisalign:
- What level of corrective care do your teeth need?
Invisalign is a great solution for dental patients who simply need to correct a case of crooked teeth. An over or under-bite can also be adjusted with Invisalign.
However, for more complex dental issues, metal braces may be more appropriate.
It’s wise to consult with one of our skilled dentists first and ask if Invisalign is an option for you.
- What is your lifestyle (or, more specifically, your style)?
For many patients, the thought of spending a couple of years with metal, wires, brackets, and rubber bands decorating their smile is enough to make them dread getting braces.
With Invisalign, no such embarrassment is involved. Why? Because Invisalign is virtually invisible.
Made from clear, comfortable, plastic trays, Invisalign can go undetected, making it a more private way to attain the same results braces can deliver.
Beyond the cosmetic advantages, Invisalign is also best for patients who dislike the idea of having a restricted diet due to braces. Invisalign trays can simply be removed to eat, so you can still eat all of your favorite foods without compromising your smile.
Since Invisalign is removable, it’s more simple to brush and floss than braces. Plus, if you simply want to go without your aligners on a rare special occasion (i.e., graduation, wedding, etc.), just leave them at home for the day.
- What do you need to expect in terms of maintenance?
The process of using Invisalign may require slightly more frequent trips to the dentist’s office for maintenance than typical braces, and the trays will need to be swapped out every couple of weeks to ensure progress.
- What is your budget?
Thankfully, Invisalign is a very affordable option for teeth straightening. Here at WeSmile in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, we offer free Invisalign consultations along with a range of options to help you find the best choice for your budget. We also offer financing, if the need arises.
- What results can you expect?
Both braces and Invisalign are designed to give you a straight smile!
You may see faster initial results with braces, but the overall average treatment time with Invisalign tends to be shorter than braces.