LAST UPDATED: AUGUST 29, 2017
Are Traditional Braces Cheaper than Invisalign?
Making a decision on whether to use braces, which are the more traditional treatment option or Invisalign, which are the modern equivalent, depends on several factors. Foremost is the effectiveness of your preference, and second is how much it will cost you. Regardless of the price, your choice should get the job done. Ultimately, your intention is to fix the problem once and for all.
What do I need to know about braces?
Both remedies are meant not only to straighten teeth but also to improve your smile and enhance your overall dental health. The modern option was first put to use in 2000, and therefore does not have as much history in comparison to the older version.
The traditional remedy features metal brackets meant to be glued to your teeth and fastened together using tiny wires and rubber bands. Nowadays, you can achieve discretion by getting brackets that match the color of your enamel. You can also vary the colors to match your fashion preference.
In contrast, the modern option is invisible in design and made from plastic that is BPA-free, smooth, and comfortable. This treatment aligns your teeth by subtly and gently moving them into position. By using X-rays, impressions, and pictures, your orthodontist will configure aligner trays by creating precise 3-D images of your teeth.
What are the pros and cons of Braces?
Apart from being irremovable, traditional braces are usually of a silver colored metal. However, you can always pay extra for optional colors. It takes about two years of continual use to get results with this traditional option. Maintenance requires regular brushing of the brackets and wires, even though a water pick might be helpful. You will probably need ongoing positioner or retainer following treatment, mostly at night, and monthly follow-up visits. This type of treatment has the following pros and cons:
- It is comparatively more effective when it comes to correcting some complex issues
- Requires less self-discipline for desirable results since omission is not a possibility
- Besides standard brushing and flossing, this option does not require additional cleaning
- You might experience some discomfort, pain, or sores, often due to movement of the brackets or teeth
- This option might result in some tooth discoloration or breakage
- You might find it difficult to eat sticky, hard foods
As a form of correctional treatment, this particular option is not ideal for patients who actively participate in rough contact sports on a regular basis.
What are the pros and cons of Invisalign?
Apart from being removable, this advanced mode of treatment is mostly made of clear vinyl. While it generally takes about 6-18 months of treatment at least 22-24 hours a day to get the desired results with this option. Proper maintenance and cleaning involves brushing and rinsing the entire system in clean lukewarm water. Patients also need to change the aligner trays every two weeks. You will probably need ongoing positioner or retainer following treatment, mostly at night, and follow-up visits every 4-6 weeks. This option has the following pros and cons:
- It is clear and invisible, which is beneficial since it ensures your smile won’t be affected in a negative manner.
- It is removable and therefore more convenient than its traditional equivalent
- Patients do not experience problems with food getting caught
- Patients do not experience any difficulties when it comes to eating
- It lacks the discomfort associated with wires
- Patients could experience some discomfort from tooth movement
- You will have to remove it before you can eat or drink anything other than water
- Patients have to brush after every meal to avoid staining
The choice between which of the two is most effective to straighten teeth is not easy. Nonetheless, if you or your child is the kind that is extremely self-conscious, the modern invisible remedy is certainly a more appealing option. A plus for it is that it is removable, so you can still be able to brush, eat, drink or floss naturally. But if you consider always having to remove it before you eat or drink as inconveniencing or uncomfortable, then this may not be the best option for you. Additionally, it is worth noting that it should only be put back once you have brushed your teeth after every meal.
It is not easy to distinguish which of the two options is more effective, especially because Invisalign is still relatively new and not much is known about its performance. Nonetheless, in contrast to the older version, the effectiveness of using the removable option entirely depends on the user’s commitment to ensuring they are worn continually.
More distinctively, the modern version is certainly not an option when you need to fix your back teeth, rotate teeth, or move them vertically. It is hence important that you first consult an experienced orthodontist before making a decision.
Other than your smile, you should not take your overall oral health lightly. If you need to decide which among the two treatment options is best suited for you or your child, you should consult an experienced orthodontist. You can always request a free consultation to learn some more about dentistry and whether it might be the solution for you or your child. As professionals, we strive to provide high-quality services aimed at ensuring every patient gets the desired results.
Schedule an Appointment
In Illinois, you visit Childers Orthodontics to have an examination to determine if you need to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers his services to adults, teenagers and children in three locations that include:
After an evaluation of your mouth, our orthodontist can determine if you need to wear one of these types of devices:
Patients at Childers Orthodontics can also request the AcceleDent Aura system to reduce the amount of time required for their orthodontic treatment. Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.
201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815