If you are struggling with cosmetic misalignment or even more significant orthodontic issues, you may be wondering about Invisalign® vs. braces. Both treatment options are highly effective, and can dramatically improve your appearance and your oral health. At Perfect Smiles, LLC, in Totowa, NJ, Dr. Ryan Maher and Dr. Joe Olechowski can explain the pros and cons of each. Invisalign is much more discreet than standard braces. Typically, the innovative treatment also costs less and takes less time. Then again, if you have particularly severe orthodontic issues, metal braces may be more appropriate. In these instances, we can refer you to a trusted orthodontist. However, if you qualify for Invisalign, we provide outstanding care, monitoring every step of your treatment for beautiful, lasting results.
Invisalign and braces operate on similar principles. However, one of the biggest differences between the two treatments is aesthetic. Invisalign trays are made from clear, BPA-free plastic. The material is also stain-resistant, so the appliances will be quite difficult to see, even close up. In contrast, traditional braces are very noticeable. For this reason, many adults and even older teens are hesitant to wear them.
Treatment Timeline and Cost
The duration of orthodontic treatment differs for each patient. The length of your treatment will primarily depend on the severity of misalignment, as well as how quickly your teeth respond. Nevertheless, in most cases, Invisalign is faster than braces. The average course of treatment lasts about a year. Occasionally, you may need to wear the trays for 18 to 24 months, or you could see your final results in as little as six months. In contrast, patients must often wear traditional braces for two years or longer.
Drs. Maher and Olechowski offer Invisalign treatment for $4,995. On average, standard braces run around $7,000.
Living with Invisalign vs. Braces
When you are considering your various treatment options, lifestyle factors will play a large role in your decision. It is important to note that most patients find Invisalign to be more convenient than braces. Because the trays are removable, you can take them out for meals. This means you will not have a limited diet as a result of your orthodontic treatment. You can also brush and floss your teeth more easily, which will reduce your risk for decay and stains. Furthermore, Invisalign usually requires fewer visits to the dentist’s office since you will not need to have your aligners tightened, as you would traditional braces.
Finally, most patients find that Invisalign is more comfortable than braces. The aligners will fit securely, but generally will place less force on your teeth. They also have a smooth outer surface, which, unlike metal brackets, will not irritate the inside of your mouth.
Find Your Best Treatment
To learn more about the pros and cons of Invisalign vs. braces, you can simply contact our office online. You can also call (973) 339-9711 to speak to a team member.