If you are looking to straighten your teeth—or your child’s teeth—you might wonder what the best option is. Traditional braces are more well-known, but Invisalign has been making waves as the new and improved version of the metal braces we all know and hate. How do traditional braces and Invisalign differ? Keep reading to find out.
Whenever anyone looks into getting braces, the first question they ask is, “How long will it take to get my braces removed?” Unfortunately, traditional braces wearers can expect to have them 24/7 for an average of two years. The good news? Invisalign, trays are removable and only need to be worn 22 to 24 hours per day for an average of 18 months. 6 months might not seem like a big difference, but when you’re talking about painful and unsightly metal braces, that can feel like an eternity.
When you are straightening your teeth, any option you choose is going to have some pain associated with it. However, Invisalign wearers experience much less pain than those using traditional metal braces to straighten their teeth. That is because Invisalign trays are made of smooth plastic that is fit to your mouth. Traditional braces on the other hand, are made of metal and are notorious for causing pain, discomfort, and even mouth sores. In addition, Invisalign trays can be removed while eating and brushing, so you won’t have to worry about added maintenance either. If comfort is important, Invisalign is by far the better option.
Frequency of Adjustments and Office Visits
Another thing to consider when comparing Invisalign and metal braces is how often you’ll need to visit the dental office for adjustments. With braces, you will be required to go into the office about once a month on average. For Invisalign, that number stretches to every 4 to 6 weeks. There’s not a big difference, but when you’re trying to fit those extra office visits into your busy schedule, you might be wishing you had gone the easier route with Invisalign.
The one area where traditional braces outshine Invisalign is in the price category. Typical braces range between $2,000 and $5,000 on average. Invisalign however, averages $5,000 per patient. Yes, that is a large disparity, but in some cases, traditional braces will cost just as much as Invisalign. When it comes to achieving that perfect smile, quickly and comfortably, can you really put a price tag on it? While Invisalign is slightly more expensive, there are more comfortable, easy to manage and get the job done quicker.
Are you interested in having Invisalign?
If you are looking for Invisalign in the Long Island area, Commack Dental Design should be your first call. Our team of skilled dentists are experienced with Invisalign and can make the process of straightening your teeth as seamless and painless as possible. Our state of the art facility has been helping New York residents achieve their perfect smile for years and we’d love to help you do the same. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.