Traditional Braces or Invisalign®: What’s Best For Me?

If you’re looking to correct your teeth or get your beautiful smile back, you may be considering braces or Invisalign® treatments. Crooked or uneven teeth are the most common reasons people opt for Invisalign or traditional braces. 

Invisalign is a popular treatment because it uses clear, plastic aligners rather than traditional braces, which use metal brackets. Invisalign and braces can provide benefits to your overall oral health.

At Momentum Dental in Woodbridge, VA, Tamesha Morris, DDS, and our experienced dentists can evaluate your cosmetic or non-cosmetic reason for braces to get your smile healthy and beautiful. 

Are you a candidate for braces? 

There are a few common reasons someone may choose Invisalign or braces. Some may choose braces for underlying dental problems, while others are looking for straight teeth. Invisalign and braces treat all the same cosmetic issues as braces, including:

Advantages of Invisalign 

Invisalign has a lot of dental health benefits. The aligners work by straightening the dental arches and leveling the tooth. Gapped teeth leave gums unprotected and can speed up periodontal disease. Invisalign can address overbites and underbites, which can lead to stress on your jaw. Over time, your jaw may deteriorate or become weak.

Overly crowded teeth frequently lead to plaque accumulation because it’s difficult to floss effectively and can result in cavities forming at these crowded areas. 

Invisalign addresses all of these problems and more, promoting your best possible oral health. 

Advantages of traditional braces 

Traditional braces are still a popular treatment option. The more obvious difference is the appearance. Braces are made with metal brackets. Metal brackets are attached to the front of each tooth using a bonding method. If not removed properly, you may have residual bonding on the tooth far after your braces are removed.

They tend to require more up-keep and regular visits. If you need rubber bands, spacers, or a simple adjustment, you’ll be making regular trips to the dentist. Headgear may also be required if your molars need to be adjusted. 

However, braces may have a shorter treatment time than Invisalign. Depending on your oral health, braces may be your best treatment option. 

Choosing Invisalign vs braces

The decision between Invisalign and braces is a personal one. Traditional braces follow a more conventional treatment plan and may require rubber bands, spacers or pre-treatment before braces. Depending on the severity of your dental issue, it may require a longer treatment time. 

Most insurance companies cover some of the costs associated with braces. The starting cost is around $5,000. Invisalign treatments are not typically covered by insurance and require out-of-pocket costs. Invisalign may cost upward of $7,000.

Invisalign 

The clear advantage to Invisalign treatments is the cosmetic appearance. Invisalign treatments are designed in a clear aligner so that it is less noticeable when wearing them. They work just as traditional braces to move teeth and correct overbites, underbites, etc. 

Because teeth are constantly moving, you will need frequent adjustments of your aligners. Each tray is manufactured so that one tray is straighter than the next tray. Your teeth move up to 0.25 mm per tray, meaning you’ll need a new set of trays every two weeks.

If you’re looking for an option that is more aesthetically pleasing and may require a shorter treatment time, consider Invisalign over traditional braces.

If you’re considering Invisalign or traditional braces, visit the specialists at Momentum Dental. Start smiling again and regaining the confidence of strong, straight teeth. Call or book your appointment today.

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