Invisalign vs. Metal Braces

Before you visit our San Antonio cosmetic dentist office for your orthodontic needs, you have to ask yourself if Invisalign is really the right treatment for you. Millions of Americans have been pleased with the results, but it’s always advisable to gather as much info about any cosmetic procedure as possible before undergoing it. That’s why we’re going to take a look at the differences between Invisalign and traditional metal braces today.

The number one advantage that Invisalign has over metal braces is that the aligners are barely visible at all. Wired braces, on the other hand, stand out quite a bit and can make wearers feel uncomfortable when smiling in public.

Invisalign treatment times are usually faster than those of traditional braces. With metal braces, you head to the orthodontist about once every six weeks and have adjustments made. Aligners are changed once every other week with Invisalign, however. The mean time for Invisalign treatment is just one year, compared to several for braces.

Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is incredibly important, and anyone who has ever worn braces will tell you how challenging it is to properly brush and clean your teeth with the braces in the way. Conversely, aligners can be removed when it’s time to clean your teeth, making the process as easy as it’s always been.

On the downside, Invisalign does tend to be more expensive than metal braces. The total cost varies from patient to patient, and we’d be happy to speak to you about the nearly pain-free alternative to braces. Give us a call!

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