Instead of Metal Braces: Invisalign

by | Apr 17, 2017 | Dentistry

Although metal braces are relatively common in children and teenagers and they’re less likely to be teased about them than in the past, in some situations people would rather have a less-obvious way to correct problems with their teeth alignment. The Braces Invisalign creates are the solution for many of these people.

Invisalign Pros

Because this system uses clear plastic trays to move the teeth gradually into their preferred location, they are almost invisible. This is great for adults that don’t want the distraction of people noticing their braces. There are no limits on what you can eat or drink as long as you remove the aligners beforehand and then brush carefully before putting them back in. You don’t have to worry about wires breaking or food getting caught in the braces. These braces may also be better for people who regularly play rough contact sports. Regular braces can cut the gums and mouth during this type of sports play. Teeth can be brushed and flossed normally, but you’ll also need to clean the trays regularly with a toothbrush or a special cleaning system.

Invisalign Cons

The Braces Invisalign creates will still cause some discomfort as the teeth are being moved, and this type of braces won’t work in certain situations. For example, people with back tooth bite issues, those with bridgework, and those who need to have certain teeth rotated or moved vertically won’t be able to use Invisalign braces. Also, people who aren’t disciplined enough to actually keep the trays in for at least 22 hours each day would be better off with metal braces that aren’t removable. As with regular metal braces, people may need to use a retainer or positioner even after treatment is completed, but this may only be necessary at night.

Cost Considerations

Invisalign often costs more than metal braces, at an average of about $5,000, depending on the type of treatment needed. Braces typically cost between $1,800 and $5,500. Those who want to save money can get enamel-colored braces to make them a little less noticeable or choose a color other than silver to make a fashion statement since the braces will be visible.

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