Thinking about getting braces? With so many options that go beyond traditional metal braces, choosing the best one can be difficult. While your dentist is certainly the best resource for advice, doing some of your own research on how the options stack up can help you make an informed decision.
At Optimum Dental Care in the Bronx, NY, the team explains three key differences between Invisalign® and traditional braces:
- Appearance: Most people are familiar with the look of traditional braces. The metal is usually silver, and although there are enamel-toned wire options, these braces are still quite noticeable. Invisalign, as its name suggests, is virtually undetectable; a transparent plastic tray slips over the teeth, straightening your smile while remaining invisible.
- Cost & Treatment Length: The price of traditional braces can vary from case to case. Usually, they cost anywhere from $3,000 and $7,500. Invisalign can cost between $3,500 and $8,000, depending on the manufacturer. Though braces may cost less, they must be worn all day, every day, for an average of two years. Invisalign should be worn for 20–22 hours a day, but the treatment time can be as short as six months.
- Maintenance Needs: Traditional braces aren’t removable, and food is likely to get wedged between the metal wires when a patient eats. Brushing should be done extremely carefully, but thoroughly. Follow-up visits to the dentist are usually required once per month. The removable factor of Invisalign keeps food particles from getting stuck in the plastic itself, though patients need to be conscientious about cleaning the plastic. Invisalign usually requires dental visits every four to six weeks for adjustments.
Choosing between traditional braces and Invisalign depends on your particular dental needs, budget, and you own personal preferences. For a consultation with qualified dentists, contact Optimum Dental Care at (718) 671-2826 or visit their website.