Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign—Which One is Right for You?

Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign—Which One is Right for You?
Posted on 11/02/2018
Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign—Which One is Right for You?

Why Choose Invisalign Clear AlignersFall is here, which means another school year is in full swing with activities, meetings, and social events. So, whether it’s for yourself or your child, it may be time to invest in a plan to straighten your teeth. But should you pick braces or opt for Invisalign? At Choice Orthodontics, we offer both Invisalign and traditional braces as great options to straighten teeth. By considering your individual teeth, goals, and preferences, we can help you choose which option is right for you.

Your Orthodontic Options

Braces

Traditional braces, the most popular orthodontic option for teeth straightening, are made of a system of brackets and wires. Brackets are attached to either the front or back of the teeth using cement, and wires and elastic bands are connected to those brackets in order to apply constant pressure to help straighten teeth. Your orthodontist will schedule appointments to replace the bands and adjust the wires every 3 - 10 weeks.

Invisalign

Invisalign is the process of using a series of clear aligners to increasingly straighten your smile. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is both wire and bracket-free. Initially, your orthodontist sends impressions of your teeth to create aligners. Once the Invisalign aligners are made they must be worn sequentially, contingent upon your orthodontist’s approval at regular check-up appointments. Appointments with your orthodontist should be scheduled every 4 - 6 weeks to monitor progress and receive the next aligner when ready.

Comparing Pros and Cons

Lifestyle

Invisalign

The most significant difference between traditional braces and Invisalign is the fact that Invisalign is the “invisible” orthodontic option. Since Invisalign uses clear aligners, the treatment is less noticeable than its braces counterpart. Invisalign aligners are also removable, which means there are no restrictions on what you can eat while using this orthodontic option. Additionally, this means there are no limitations on your oral hygiene routine. Overall, because Invisalign is removable, there is a minimal effect on your lifestyle but a life changing effect on your teeth.

Traditional Braces

Unlike Invisalign, traditional braces are not removable. This means there are certain limits in place to ensure the safety and efficiency of your orthodontic equipment. While using traditional braces, avoid eating foods that are either too sticky or too crunchy. You will also need to be especially vigilant with your oral hygiene, working to brush and floss between braces.

Naturally, traditional braces are the more noticeable option for your orthodontic needs. Keep in mind though, while they aren’t clear like Invisalign, traditional braces have come a long way aesthetically. The brackets are now smaller, come in less noticeable colors, and can even be placed on the back of the teeth to minimize how visible they are.

Financial

The cost of both traditional braces and Invisalign depends on several factors, for example, the severity of the orthodontic problem, your dental insurance, and any work to restore braces or Invisalign aligners that are damaged/lost throughout the process. Contact Choice Orthodontics today at our St. Joseph or Gallatin office location to book a consultation and discuss the specific pricing you can expect for either traditional braces or the Invisalign system.

Call Choice Orthodontics Today!

Take that important step toward straighter teeth and a confident smile. Whether you decide to get braces or Invisalign, the team at Choice Orthodontics will help you move toward your smile goals. We have offices in St. Joseph and Gallatin, and we would love to discuss your best treatment options with you. Your eligibility to receive either Invisalign or traditional braces depends on your unique orthodontic needs, so schedule a consultation now. We can’t wait to see your smile!

Choice Orthodontics

  • St. Joseph Office - 803 N.36th St., Suite A, St. Joseph, MO 64506 Phone: 816-279-8300
  • Gallatin Office - 307 S. Main St., Suite B, Gallatin, MO 64640 Phone: 816-279-8300

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