Aligners vs. Braces
Invisalign® has changed the way that many people look at teeth straightening. They are made to be invisible to most people. If you have them, no one will know unless you tell them. Here at Robinson Orthodontics, we know that many people want to know how the Invisalign aligners compare to traditional metal braces.
Invisalign Aligners Versus Braces And What You Need to Know
If you are considering teeth straightening, you will want to be well informed. Here is some of the basic information on Invisalign versus traditional metal braces.
With braces, you will be fitted with a metal appliance on your teeth. It will be there until we remove it. Invisalign uses aligners. You will take them off to eat or brush your teeth. You should still wear them for most of the day.
It can be difficult to brush with braces, and you might have to give up some of your favorite foods until after we have taken them off. With Invisalign, brushing your teeth is easy because you do not need to wear the aligner to care for your teeth. Brushing and flossing is easy.
For the most part, traditional braces will stay on for about two years. Invisalign aligners are worn for six months to a year and a half, depending on the patient.
Traditional braces require tightening from time to time, and a monthly visit to our office. With Invisalign, you will change the aligner yourself every two weeks, unless we tell you otherwise. You will still need to visit our office, but it might not be as often.
Metal braces are better at correcting severe problems. Invisalign is recommended when light to medium straightening is needed. Braces have fewer limitations on what they can do than aligners do.
One factor that you will also want to look at is cost. In most cases, metal braces are going to cost less than Invisalign will. The cost of traditional braces will depend on some factors, while Invisalign stays in the same ballpark for most patients.
For some people, the fact that braces cannot be removed is a plus. Your aligners are not going to do any good if you take them off and do not put them back on.
With both traditional metal braces and Invisalign aligners, there is a good chance that you will need to wear a retainer after the initial treatment. Often this will only be needed at night.
If you are looking to finally do something about your teeth, please come in to see us here at Robinson Orthodontics. Traditional metal braces and Invisalign aligners are just two of the options that might be available to you. We would love to talk to you about all of your different options, and also answer your questions. Call (541) 441-8288 to make the appointment. Straightening your teeth no longer means that you will automatically end up with a mouth that is full of metal. There are also other things that might work for you, so come in so we can talk.