Everyone wants to look their best, and that often includes straighter teeth. Misaligned teeth are not always a cosmetic issue and can cause pain and some health issues if not taken care of properly. The latest technique in straightening teeth is called Invisalign and uses a series of invisible tooth covers to align the teeth. This is another option for those who do not want traditional metal braces. For more information, contact Northstar Dental Care Invisalign professionals.
What are Invisalign Braces?
Invisalign is a brand of braces that covers the entire set of teeth and gently correct crooked teeth as well as bite issues. They are preferred for several issues, most importantly because they do not draw attention to your mouth. They are invisible and virtually undetected when looking at a person.
Traditional braces are metal and are either wrapped around each individual tooth or placed on top of the tooth with medical-grade cement. Both types are then secured with a thin wire and sometimes rubber bands to assist with the tooth movement. An orthodontist would be the one to determine which type of braces would work best for your type of teeth.
What Are the Cost Differences?
For the most part, Invisalign and traditional braces will cost the same. The main difference in price is what your dental insurance will cover and what they will not pay for. Additionally, what is more, costly are the visits for adjustments with traditional braces. An orthodontist or dentist will charge for each visit and adjustment. Many of the Invisalign adjustments are done at home. You will either pick up the new liners, or they can be shipped to you. All measurements are taken at the beginning of the process instead of monthly.
The Comfort Factor
With Invisalign braces, they are custom-made for each person. There are fewer adjustments and they fit better than traditional braces, thus making them more comfortable. One of the major drawbacks of the Invisalign braces is that they need to be worn for a certain length of time each day. They are removable and can be taken out to eat. Putting them back in is where many people fail, and therefore they do not work as efficiently as traditional, non-removable braces.
Many individuals find the Invisalign braces more hygienic and will care for their teeth better than traditional metal braces. Since they are removable, it is easier to brush, floss, and generally care for your mouth, gums, and teeth. The metal bands tend to gather food debris and are harder to clean, which can cause a buildup of bacteria and lead to gum issues.
Another factor is the cement that is used with the metal braces. Some people have had allergic reactions to the cement and end up with discoloration of their teeth. One that is not easily fixed with teeth whitening treatments.
A consultation with your orthodontist or dentist is the first step in deciding whether Invisalign braces or traditional braces are best for you and your lifestyle. The result is the same, straight, healthy teeth.