Choosing Between Braces and Invisalign
Patients seeking straight teeth today often have more than one possibility available to them – the most popular options being traditional braces and a few more discreet appliances. Out of the discreet options, Invisalign is definitely the most popular. Deciding whether to get clear or metal braces requires looking at the differences listed here.
Which Treatment Will Work?
Both metal and clear braces can straighten almost all common bite irregularities. Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and overcrowding can usually be corrected with either treatment. However, a few types of issues cannot be resolved with clear braces. Moving teeth vertically or rotating teeth significantly requires regular braces.
Is Discretion Important?
The virtual invisibility of clear braces is what interests many patients. To avoid feeling self-conscious about wearing braces for months or years, clear braces are easily preferable. When discretion is of little concern, metal braces may be perfectly acceptable.
Additional Factors to Consider
Clear braces and metal braces also differ in other ways, such as in treatment time and comfort. Of the two, clear braces tend to be faster, taking an average of fifteen months rather than the average twenty-four months for metal braces. Clear braces, thanks to their smooth plastic and lack of brackets, are also more comfortable against the inner cheeks.
In terms of price, clear braces tend to be more expensive than metal braces. However, many patients feel that the advantages of the treatment make up for the higher cost. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Allen Sanders to find out how these treatments compare for you.
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