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Invisalign vs. Braces: How to Choose a Treatment Option

Posted on February 3, 2022

Years ago, Invisalign braces were at the cutting edge of orthodontics. While they’re still quite appreciated, they’re now much more common, with over 5 million people, 1 million of which are teens, using them to straighten their teeth (per Roberts and de Marsche). Essentially, traditional metal braces and Invisalign braces have the same outcome. Both can correct orthodontic issues, and usually, Invisalign braces will not take much longer to be effective than traditional metal braces. You will need to choose between the two when beginning your braces journey. With that being said, let’s look into some of the questions you should ask yourself when deciding between Invisalign braces and traditional braces.

1. How Worried Are You About The Appearance?

One of the main reasons why people choose Invisalign over other types of orthodontic treatments is that Invisalign braces are difficult to see with the naked eye. Many people are insecure about the way they look while wearing traditional metal braces. Invisalign braces take care of this issue outright, without affecting the functionality of braces. Some people like the look of traditional braces, however, and that’s fine!

2. How Are You Financing Your Braces?

Typically, traditional metal braces and Invisalign will cost around the same amount of money; somewhere between $3,000 and $9,000. However, Invisalign can on occasion cost more. Both can be covered by insurance policies, but you should always check to see if there is a difference in coverage between the two. If all things are equal, don’t worry; but otherwise, you may want to choose one option over the other.

3. What Kind of Commitment Do you Want?

Usually, wearing Invisalign will not take much longer, if any longer at all, than wearing traditional braces. Invisalign does come with different responsibilities, however. Traditional braces will require adjustments from orthodontists, and regular appointments. However, Invisalign must be worn 20 to 22 hours a day, and you need to remember to take them off during meals and snacks and clean them separately from your teeth.

4. What’s Your Condition?

Invisalign can’t resolve all of the issues that traditional braces can. From time to time, you may need traditional braces. Just listen to the person handling your orthodontics needs and see if you have a true option between the two.

Invisalign is great, but the most important thing is that you care for your teeth! Call the friendly team at Today’s Orthodontics to discuss which treatment plan is right for you!


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