The path to a straighter smile has more roads than ever these days. Even as recently as a few decades ago, teeth straightening was a luxury reserved for the wealthy elites and required years of expensive orthodontic work. In recent decades, the cost of braces has dropped significantly, and donning braces has become almost a rite of passage for high school aged children. More and more adults are engaging in orthodontic work as well, as procedures become more versatile. In even more recent years, however, the rise of invisible straightening options such as Invisalign has changed the way some people straighten their smiles. While the choice is ultimately yours to make, today we’re comparing Invisalign to traditional metal braces to see what might be best for the needs of you or your child!
Cost: Traditional braces win.
When it comes to the overall cost to straighten your teeth, traditional metal braces are the clear winner. Sometimes thousands of dollars cheaper, this option definitely saves in the bank. Insurance may help to cover the costs of either procedure, but generally traditional brackets will be covered more wholly than their invisible counterparts.
Appearance: Invisalign has it in the bag.
The name “Invisalign” speaks to the products ability to invisibly align your smile. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays that fit perfectly over your teeth to slowly move your smile into its desired position. The trays are hard to see with the naked eye and can easily be removed for meals or photos. Traditional braces, on the other hand, are very noticeable and change the way your smile and face look while being worn. In children, this can be sweet and endearing. Adults often do not share this sentiment.
Time: Almost a dead tie.
Both Invisalign and traditional braces will straighten your teeth over the course of months or years, depending on the severity of your needs. Some research suggests that Invisalign may work marginally faster, but the time saved is not significant in the grand scheme of the time allotted to straightening.
Versatility: Traditional braces have you covered.
When it comes to straightening teeth, Invisalign does a great job for the customers it can serve. Individuals who need extensive orthodontic work, however, are left behind by this product. Traditional braces are the way to go for anyone needing drastic changes to their oral structure, and your dentist will provide you with more information on how your needs will be met!
A straighter smile will not only lead to a healthier mouth, but it will increase confidence once it is finally unveiled. It’s important to consider all of your needs when making any major medical decision, and your dentist will help you gather the information you need to decide what road to go down. Never hesitate to ask questions and seek information before deciding how you’d like to enhance your smile!
To schedule your consultation or appointment, give us a call at Associates for Dental Care in Chicago today!