At Dakota Dental, our goal is to help each patient achieve a healthy, confident smile, no matter what age. Other than having yellow teeth, one of the biggest insecurities we see in dental care patients is crooked teeth and spaces. Both traditional braces and Invisalign will help you achieve a perfect smile – but deciding which option is right for you requires more consideration and education.
Braces vs. Invisalign: What You Need to Know
Both traditional braces and Invisalign work to straighten teeth over a period of time. Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires that are secured to your teeth during the course of treatment. This means you cannot remove them. Traditional metal braces are especially beneficial in correcting more complex dental issues, and patients typically begin noticing a dramatic change faster than those who are using Invisalign.
Patients with braces will, on average, schedule appointments with their dental care team every 4-6 weeks to adjust the braces and change bands and wires. Using traditional metal braces also means that patients will need to take extra precautions to take care of their teeth, such as avoiding sticky or crunchy foods that can get caught in the wires or cause discomfort. That’s why it’s essential to carefully brush and floss around braces twice a day to ensure foods are removed properly.
Unlike metal braces, Invisalign is almost completely invisible to the eye. The aligners are made of a clear plastic that are worn over your teeth. These aligners are also removable, so patients can take them out when they’re eating or drinking. This helps prevent food from getting stuck. It’s important to note that Invisalign patients need to wear their aligners at least 20-22 hours each day, and aligners require changing every two weeks. Because Invisalign is easy to remove, it may be tempting to keep them off for longer periods of time than recommended. However, if you wish to see positive results and achieve the healthy smile you deserve, you must wear your aligners for the amount of time prescribed by your dental care team.
Another key feature of Invisalign is its comfort level. Without the use of wires or metal brackets, Invisalign tends to create less discomfort for patients than traditional braces. In terms of price, Invisalign is typically comparable to the cost of traditional braces.
Now that you know about the basics of traditional braces and Invisalign, contact Dakota Dental to schedule your free consultation and to learn more about each option. Dakota Dental is a certified Invisalign provider and offers flexible payment options, so you can start on the path to a beautiful, healthy smile in no time.