Do you want straighter teeth and a perfect bite? If so, you may be wondering if Invisalign® or braces are the proper orthodontic treatment for you. Both traditional braces and Invisalign are excellent treatment options for aligning crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth.
Your dentist at Arcadia Dental has compiled this detailed article describing each option, its benefits, and possible drawbacks. Ultimately, we want to educate our readers about traditional braces and Invisalign. Still, the only way to determine which treatment is ideal for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthew Milana.
Braces: Time-Tested Orthodontic Treatment for Lifelong Smiles
Braces are the oldest form of orthodontic treatment. In fact, the basic design of braces has been around for centuries, dating back to ancient Egypt.
Fortunately, braces have significantly developed over the years, and advances in modern dentistry have made braces more effective and reliable than ever. Millions of people across the world—children, teens, and adults—have achieved straighter teeth and healthier bites because of braces.
How Traditional Braces Move Teeth and Align the Jaw
Some common types of braces include metal, ceramic, and lingual braces. Each of these braces is sturdy and can correct minor to severe misalignment cases. Braces can offer maximal grip on the teeth and realign bad bites, misaligned jaws, and acutely contorted teeth.
Braces move teeth into the desired position using metal or ceramic brackets and thin metal wires. The dentist essentially strings the metal wire through the brackets, which they affix to the front surfaces of the teeth. Because of this secure bonding, braces are constantly moving the teeth, day and night. However, traditional braces cannot be removed until the completion of treatment.
Cost and Length of Traditional Orthodontic Treatment
The length of treatment depends on each individual case, but people commonly wear braces between one and three years. Though the cost of braces varies, it can average anywhere between $1,700-$6,000 for treatment.
Caring for Traditional Braces
Because braces are not removable like Invisalign, it's easy for food and bacteria to get trapped in the wires.
Regular brushing, consistent flossing with a specialized floss threader, and monthly dental visits are necessary for upkeep.
Invisalign: Professional, Removable, and Discreet
Since its inception in 1997, Invisalign therapy has transformed millions of smiles worldwide. Using CAD/CAM technology and digital impressions, Invisalign dentists forecast treatment outcomes and fabricate a series of custom-made aligners.
Invisalign works in a series of clear aligner trays. Patients wear these trays in a series until treatment is complete, and they receive a new set of trays every two weeks. Each set of trays are snugger than the previous ones, and they gradually move teeth into position until desired outcomes are achieved.
The Versatility of Invisalign Therapy
According to recent studies, Invisalign successfully corrects mild to moderate malocclusions in patients.
Invisalign clear aligners can correct the following dental issues:
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked or twisted teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
Because Invisalign clear aligners are removable, patients can take them out to thoroughly brush and floss their teeth. With Invisalign, people can even get teeth whitening during their treatment!
Why Patients Choose Invisalign in Phoenix
Depending on the patient, most Invisalign treatments last six months to two years, which is much faster than traditional braces. The cost of Invisalign varies, but on average can be between $2,000-$9,000.
Here are some benefits of using Invisalign therapy:
- The clear aligners are nearly invisible, providing a discreet appearance for adults and professionals.
- Patients can remove Invisalign aligners to enjoy meals, practice excellent dental hygiene, and receive teeth whitening treatments.
- Because there are no metal brackets or wires in danger of breaking, there are no dietary restrictions.
- Made from smooth, BPA-free plastic, Invisalign is comfortable and easy to wear.
- Invisalign only requires dental visits every three months instead of every month like with traditional braces.
Caring for Your Invisalign Smile
As with any dental treatment, compliance is key to achieving your ideal results. To maintain the health and appearance of your smile, we strongly encourage you to:
- Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss at least once daily.
- Eat a nutritious diet.
- Visit your dentist for routine exams and cleanings.
Invisalign clear aligners must be worn 20-22 hours each day for the most favorable results. Many patients remove them to clean their teeth, enjoy a varied menu, or drink hot coffees or teas.
Before eating or drinking, we recommend removing your aligners as they can stain. Because Invisalign is made from plastic, do not let it come in contact with heat, or it will warp and break.
Health Benefits of Having Straight Teeth
When teeth are misaligned, it can affect a person's ability to bite and chew. It can place unequal pressure on the teeth and jaws, resulting in dental wear, decay, and deterioration of the jaw joint.
Straight teeth can:
- Improve overall oral health because they're easier to keep clean
- Prevent jaw strain because the teeth are correctly aligned
- Reduce breaks, chips, and other types of dental damage typical with malocclusion
- Reduce the risk of decay and gum disease because bacteria have fewer places the hide
- Promote more precise pronunciation and speech
- Improve digestion because you're able to chew more efficiently
- Boost self-confidence because straight teeth look beautiful
Do You Want a More Symmetrical and Balanced Smile?
Crooked and misaligned teeth put abnormal stress on the teeth and jaws, leading to numerous oral health issues. With Invisalign orthodontics, you can enjoy a healthier, more attractive smile in a matter of months. And the best part? No one will ever know!
Please get in touch with our Phoenix dental office to learn more about invisible braces or schedule your Invisalign consultation.