Everybody knows what Braces are. We have all seen them on Ugly Betty and the kid next door. Unfortunately most of us wish we didn’t need them or are dreading the idea of getting them. Why? Because of the way they look and feel in our mouth. The plus of braces is that they get the job done. After the long process and joke poking you definitely have straighter teeth. The extreme overbites and bad malocclusions may have to be fixed only with the help of traditional braces. This is because many of the alternatives out there cannot move your teeth the way braces can. The rubber bands, powerchains, and powerful expanders move your teeth in a powerful way. Despite the look, braces will get the job done and you will have much straighter teeth when the treatment is complete.
You have also probably heard of Invisalign. Invisalign can do most of what braces can, in straightening your teeth and giving you a brighter smile. However Invisalign braces has been known to treat much greater problems with your teeth, making stronger better aligners. The best part about Invisalign is that the “aligners” (the clear braces you put it in your mouth) are removable. You can take out these aligners when you need to brush your teeth or eat. A huge plus when you are thinking about the decision to get braces. Invisalign is also clear. Unfortunately the name is a little miss leading because the aligners and “buttons”(attached to your teeth to hold the aligners in place) are not invisible, however they are not as visible as the infamous “metal mouth” you dread. So point for visibility goes to Invisalign, but functionality is very similar.
Comparing prices of Braces and Invisalign
Invisalign is relatively higher in price than traditional braces. Depending on how many “trays”(what the aligners are in, each tray is diagnosed specifically for your teeth and diagnosed in the treatment) you receive, will determine the price of your treatment. If you have a minor problem that needs fixing, Invisalign express is cheaper than traditional braces and can probably get the job done. Invisalign Express ranges from $1500-$4000. The avg. cost of traditional braces is $5000 and many insurance companies will cover a percentage. Invisalign ranges from $3500-$8000 depending on the dentist you go to. Some insurance will cover a percentage of Invisalign cost as well depending on your coverage. There is some great financing out there that dentist’s offer for Invisalign patients as well. We have found that financing is reasonable, for under $100 a month.
Invisalign wins in this category every time, because of the ability to remove the aligners. Getting food stuck in your teeth, your teeth staining, and gum problems are usually not an issue with Invisalign as they are with traditional braces. Some people have had problems with there teeth after using traditional braces, like cavities from stuck food, etc… One thing you should remember is to get all of your cavities and cosmetic corrections done before you start your Invisaline treatment. It will help with the fluidity of the process. If you don’t you may have to stop treatment in the middle to get something fixed. In the category of comfort and usability Invisalign wins because you are still able to do those everyday things.
If you start Invisalign and it is difficult to talk or you sound like the Spleen from Mystery Men don’t worry, usually people have difficulty talking in the first week because you salivate due to the foreign object in your mouth and it takes time to get used to the aligners. You will get used to them and talking with them in will get easier. Because Invisalign is visually appealing it is obvious that we choose clear non-visible braces vs. those metal brackets. You only have to tell people about your treatment if you choose to rather than the opening conversation being “How long do you have your braces for?” or “How long have you had those things?” It is not the best start to a conversation and one Invisalign avoids.
We are somewhat biased when we say Invisalign is the sure winner. Despite the difference in price there are many dentists out there that will treat many conditions with Invisalign and for a reasonable price and good financing. You can find some of them right here at AntiBraces. If you have decided to choose Invisalign we are happy for you and wish you all the best in your treatment.