Metal Braces or Invisalign?

If you are considering orthodontics for either yourself or your teenager, you may be wondering which is the better option—traditional metal braces or Invisalign®? The answer is simple—it depends. Both options have pros and cons to them and it truly comes down to how complex your orthodontic needs are and what is important to you.

Invisalign® has become a household name with over 3 million people using the product worldwide. With its nearly invisible, clear aligners that are removable to eat and drink, it is the preferred method for adults and teens alike who don’t want to make it obvious that they are straightening their teeth. It is ideal for patients who don’t have complex treatment issues and for those who are willing to wear the aligners for the recommended 22 hours per day. Patients also love that they can brush and floss their teeth normally and don’t have to refrain from eating hard or sticky foods.

Now if you suspect that you or your child may have a hard time wearing the aligners for 22 hours a day, traditional metal braces may be the better alternative. Because they are fixed to your teeth, you don’t have a choice whether or not to wear them so compliance won’t be an issue. Metal braces also give orthodontists more options in regard to complicated tooth movement and more complex cases.  The downside to metal braces can be tooth discoloration from the brackets, food restrictions and difficulty brushing and flossing.

In terms of cost, Invisalign can be as affordable as traditional braces and many insurance policies include some orthodontic coverage. Financing companies, such as Care Credit, also offer Invisalign® patients 24 months no-interest financing to those who qualify.

If your preference is Invisalign®, the first step is to ask your dentist if you are a candidate. At Willow Creek Dental, we take an Itero digital impression scan to develop a computerized image of how the teeth would move. This helps the doctor and patient determine if Invisalign can give them the results they are looking for. If the dentist feels your case is too complex for Invisalign®, they will refer you to an Orthodontist for a consultation. 

If you are considering orthodontics and are interested in Invisalign®, give us a call at 303-779-2797 to set up a free consultation.

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