Invisalign vs Braces Questions and Answers
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What is the difference between Invisalign and Braces?
Braces have been around for decades with many adults today having experienced them at some point during their teenage years in order to straighten their teeth or fix a misalignment in the jaw. Braces are easily recognized for their metal brackets that are cemented onto the front face of each tooth and connected by a wire that runs through the brackets from one side of the tooth arch to the other side. The wire is pulled taut to provide pressure onto the teeth causing them to slowly shift and move, so that they eventually straighten out. This process typically takes about 2 years, with monthly appointments to tighten the wire as the teeth shift to ensure pressure is always applied. Invisalign uses clear trays that are placed over the teeth to provide the same effect, without the obvious metal hardware showing on the front of the teeth. While both provide the same end result, Invisalign is often the treatment of choice for adults who don’t want unsightly brackets and wires on their teeth.
Which is more effective, braces or Invisalign?
Braces and Invisalign both provide effective treatment options for the straightening of the teeth. While they have different applications, they use the same methodology of applying continuous pressure to the teeth to promote movement and shifting over time. This slow and gradual movement has a higher success rate of permanent placement as it doesn’t just shift the teeth but allows for the gums to shift and grow around the teeth in their new location. In terms of which one is more effective, this will be based on each individual case and what factors are at play. The dentists at Beyond Smiles can explain your treatment options based on your individual needs and the structure of your teeth, jaw and mouth as these will all play a part in the overall straightening of your teeth. What is effective for someone else may not be the option that is best suited for you, but your dentist can help you to understand why one might be better than the other.
Is Invisalign faster than braces?
The time required for the complete treatment of straightening your teeth will depend on how crooked or misaligned your teeth are and if there are other issues to factor in such as a misalignment of the jaw. Braces are attached to your teeth in a semi-permanent manner, meaning that they are stuck there so long as you are undergoing treatment. While they can fall off, the chances of that happening are very slim. Invisalign on the other hand, uses removeable trays that patients can take out in order to eat, brush and floss, or if they just need a break. While this can be convenient, it also opens the patient up to forgetting to put the trays back in. Not wearing the trays for extended periods of time or removing them more often than necessary can prolong the treatment plan as the trays aren’t able to properly do their job if they aren’t being worn as close to 24 hours a day as possible.
What costs more braces or Invisalign?
The variance in costs between braces and Invisalign will be dependent on how long the treatment plan is and how much movement is needed to straighten out the teeth. It will also depend on additional treatments needed, such as tooth removal or jaw alignment. Since braces are able to straighten teeth and realign the jaw, they have a much broader variance in pricing. Of course, individual pricing will vary based on the needs of the patient, the education and experience of the dentist or orthodontist and the complexity of the treatment. Invisalign also ranges in price, again depending on the individual. The dentists at Beyond Smiles in Dallas TX and Fort Worth TX can provide you with a quote for your treatment based on your needs. Braces and Invisalign treatments can often be covered by insurance, so it is worth checking in with your insurance company to know what your coverage options are.
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