Whether you had forgotten to wear your retainer or have just finished funding your child’s braces and now want a chance to enhance your own smile, orthodontics is available for all patients of all ages. There are two main methods of straightening the smile, Invisalign® which is clear aligner system, and traditional braces. However, which is more effective and affordable? There are a few things you should consider when choosing the right system for you or your child.
Breaking Down Each Treatment
Braces are metal brackets that are bonded to the fronts of your teeth and tied together with wires and rubber bands. There are more options available for a more discrete bracket color that can closely match your enamel color.
Invisalign is a clear aligner system made of comfortable clear plastic that is worn over your teeth. Your dentist will use x-rays and impressions to create a 3-D image of your teeth so the Invisalign lab can fabricate your custom aligners.
Pros of Braces
Braces are worn 24/7 for about 2 years, depending on the patient's needs. There is no temptation to take them out or forgetting to wear them like a retainer or an aligner. Braces are more effective at treating complex issues such as major crowding in the smile or if you need to rotate or more teeth vertically. Braces cost on average $1,800 to $5,500 and are covered by some insurances. Maintenance is just brushing and flossing daily and follow up visits with your dentist is about every month.
Pros for Invisalign
Invisalign is a clear aligner system that is nearly invisible in the smile. The aligners are removable so you can attend special events or meetings without having any issues speaking or talking. There is no difficulty in eating or having food caught in them because Invisalign aligners are to be removed every time you eat or drink. There is no discomfort or pain from wires and brackets rubbing up against your cheek, tongue, and lips.
Invisalign patients must wear their clear aligners for 22-24 hours a day for six to 18 months. You can easily swap out your clear aligner with a mouth guard if you play sports as well.
Overall, it’s important to discuss with Dr. Eric Fugier the best options available for you or your child’s specific needs. For more information about our clear aligner or braces options, contact our office to schedule a consultation.