When it comes to straightening your smile in Port Washington, you will find that Port Washington Dental Care has a solution for you: Invisalign! Of course, a majority of our patients ask us what the difference between Invisalign and metal braces even is and why they should choose between the two. We are here with all the information you need when it comes to deciding between Invisalign vs metal braces.

Invisalign vs Metal Braces: Price

When it comes to the price of orthodontics, of course, it’s not going to be cheap. Orthodontic treatments are lengthy and require the expertise and knowledge of an orthodontist. Before writing orthodontic treatment off of your to-do list because of price, there are a few things you should know. First, your dental insurance company will most likely cover part if not all of your treatment! During your consultation at Port Washington Dental Care, we will show you how much your insurance company is going to cover for your Invisalign treatment. We also offer monthly payment plans so that you don’t have to worry about paying for all of your treatment at once. Most patients find that their monthly bill is quite manageable and cheaper than they thought.

Now for the price difference between metal braces and Invisalign, you should know that Invisalign is only a small amount more than metal braces. Over time, the treatment is becoming more and more affordable. Although it costs a small amount more, patients choose Invisalign over metal braces due to the benefits associated with Invisalign treatment. Read about the differences to see for yourself.

Invisalign vs Metal Braces: Comfort

An average orthodontic treatment will take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years so it’s important to take comfort into consideration when deciding what type of orthodontic treatment is right for you. When it comes to comfort, Invisalign is the obvious choice between metal braces. Metal braces include sharp metal brackets and wires going around your teeth. This means that it’s common to scratch up the sides of your cheeks, your tongue, and your lips. Canker sores are common and quite painful! In addition, every 6 weeks, you will visit your dentist to tighten your braces all at once. This can leave your mouth sore for days.

Meanwhile, with Invisalign, you will be wearing clear thin plastic aligners. These aligners are custom made to fit your teeth and gradually move them into their ideal position. The thin plastic is hardly noticeable in your mouth. You won’t scratch up the sides of your mouth or lips, so you don’t have to worry about that type of pain. You swap the aligners out every 2 weeks to gradually move your teeth instead of all at once every 6 weeks. This will leave you with only a day or so of feeling sore in your mouth instead of several. If comfort is important to you, Invisalign is the obvious choice.

Invisalign vs Metal Braces: Convenience

During your orthodontic treatment, it’s important to consider how convenient you want your treatment to be. If you’re okay having a restricted foods list, then metal braces might be the better option for you. If you think the idea of removing your aligners and cleaning them every time you want to eat or drinks sounds tiresome, Invisalign might not be for you. Metal braces are permanently in your mouth so you cannot remove them at any time during your treatment. You also must avoid certain foods during the duration of your treatment. On the other hand, Invisalign allows you to remove your aligners to eat and drink, and if you need to, you can take them out for special events. The only downside to this is that you have to wash them out after every meal and constantly carry around cleaning solution and a carrying case. You can eat whatever you want during treatment which many patients like. Only you can decide what sounds like the best option for you.

Invisalign vs Metal Braces: Appearance

Metal braces are associated with teenagers which makes many adults quite hesitant to ever consider getting metal braces. For some, this means they never undergo orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to be made fun of. As said earlier, metal braces cannot be removed, so once you begin your treatment, they are stuck on your teeth until the very end. Invisalign however, is the more ideal option for those who are more sensitive about their appearance. Many adults opt for Invisalign because the aligners are nearly invisible and they’re less noticeable. This helps them stay confident at all times without worrying that people think they look like a teenager. In addition, the aligners can be removed for important events which makes them more appealing to those who care more about their appearance.

Invisalign vs Metal Braces: Length of Treatment

When it comes to the length of treatment, Invisalign tends to work a bit faster as long as patients wear the aligners for the recommended 22 hours per day. This is because patients constantly change their aligners every 2 weeks. With metal braces, you need to visit your dentist every 6 weeks but sometimes your appointment might not fit in with your schedule so the visits get pushed back for more weeks. This can prolong your treatment to take even longer. Invisalign typically takes 6 months to two years to complete a treatment while metal braces usually take more like 1 year to 2 years. Consult with our dentist to find out your exact timeframe.

Invisalign vs Metal Braces: Dental Hygiene

The last main difference between metal braces and Invisalign is your dental hygiene during treatment. When it comes to having metal braces, it can be quite difficult to maintain proper dental hygiene. This is because the metal brackets and wires easily trap foods and it’s hard to get them out. In, flossing with braces is really difficult and most patients end up not flossing altogether because it’s so difficult. Patients must also have their wire removed before seeing their hygienist every 6 months in order to have their teeth cleaned. This can be an annoying process.

Invisalign however, allows you to maintain the same dental hygiene you had before. Since the aligners are removable, you can brush your teeth and floss just as easily as before. This allows you to maintain excellent dental hygiene during your treatment. In addition, you can visit your dental hygienist without having your orthodontist remove the wire on your braces first. Maintaining a healthy smile is much easier with Invisalign than it is with metal braces.

Consider Invisalign in Port Washington

If you read this blog and you actually need braces or Invisalign, it’s time to get in touch with our Port Washington dentist for an Invisalign consultation. Give our Port Washington dental office a call or fill out our online form today to schedule your consultation.