Invisalign teeth aligners are a great alternative to traditional braces for teens and adults. If you want a straighter smile without the pain and hassle of metal braces, then Invisalign may be just what you are looking for! In this article we’ll weigh in on the Invisalign vs. braces debate and hopefully help you make an informed decision.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is a tooth straightening system molded to fit the wearer’s teeth to ensure a snug fit. Like traditional braces, Invisalign works by applying constant pressure to the teeth. New aligners are swapped out every two weeks to gradually force the teeth into the correct position.

Invisalign vs. braces: Which is better?

The Invisalign vs. traditional braces debate can be boiled down to four C’s: cost, convenience, comfort, and care. There are many other factors to consider but these tend to be the most important to patients.

  • Cost: There are many kinds of traditional braces that vary in cost. Invisalign is similar in cost to standard metal braces, and can sometimes actually be less expensive. More advanced ceramic and lingual braces are considerably more expensive than Invisalign. Invisalign can indirectly save money over braces by needing fewer visits to the dentist for cleaning and repairs. Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatments the same way as braces. Check with your insurance provider to see what would be covered. In addition, Alamont offers financing to help make the cost of a beautiful smile more affordable.
  • Convenience: Getting food stuck in braces is a common problem, but Invisalign aligners can be taken off at any time. Once the aligners are removed you can eat and drink whatever you want! Always make sure to brush, floss, and put the aligners back in immediately to prevent them being misplaced, and to prevent any delays in treatment.
  • Comfort: The main difference between Invisalign and traditional braces is the aligners can be removed. Traditional braces are adhered to the teeth for the duration of their use. The stiff metal brackets and wires used can often irritate gums. Invisalign straighteners are removable and actually are recommended to be removed for eating and drinking things other than water. The liners are made of a flexible material that is fit snugly to the teeth for a comfortable fit.
  • Care: Traditional braces often require regular visits to the orthodontist for cleaning and repairs, and extra care must be taken to keep them clean and free of debris. The only major care needed for Invisalign trays is keeping them rinsed and clean when not in use. You should brush and floss thoroughly before putting them back in. Since trays are replaced every two weeks you’re regularly starting fresh with a brand new set. If the trays need additional cleaning, cleaning crystals are available to touch them up.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The average treatment time is between 13 and 19 months for most patients, and the treatment is so fast and effective that you can begin to see results in just a few weeks. The overall time can increase or decrease depending on the severity of the case. A consultation will help your dentist give you a more specific timeline.

Continued Care After Invisalign

A retainer keeps the teeth in place when the Invisalign treatment has completed. The retainer is worn while sleeping at least five nights a week to make sure the teeth don’t shift back to their original positions. Retainers have an added bonus of keeping you from grinding your teeth in your sleep. Replacement retainers can be made as needed.

Invisalign Experts in Bristol, Tennessee

We hope we’ve demonstrated how Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces. Consider Alamont Dental Associates in Bristol, TN if you’re interested in Invisalign in the Tri-Cities area! We’ve been fitting satisfied patients with Invisalign straighteners for decades. Get in touch with Alamont Dental for an Invisalign consultation today.

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