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Invisalign® vs. Braces: Which Is Right for Me?

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Are you thinking it’s time to explore your options for straightening your teeth? Then it might be time to look into advanced orthodontics at SmilesNY Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in New York City. Whether you are looking for a more discreet method such as Invisalign or you opt to go the more traditional route of braces, SmilesNY will devise a customized plan to have your smile looking and feeling great.

Using advanced, state-of-the-art technology, the experienced Invisalign dentists and dental professionals at SmilesNY will assess your individual situation and implement the procedures and solutions for orthodontic treatment that make the most sense for you. SmilesNY will track your progress on your way to the smile you have always wanted, and remain actively involved in a post-removal care plan to help ensure your teeth stay the way you want them to. But first, you must ask yourself a few questions to ascertain the best option for you.

How to choose between Invisalign and braces

The top questions men and women in New York City ask when comparing Invisalign and braces for a teeth-straightening solution:

1) What’s the difference between Invisalign and braces?

Traditional braces have come a long way in the last decade or two. In fact, you now have many more options than just traditional cemented metal and connecting wires or obtrusive rubber bands. Many versions of braces now come in different types of compounds made from metal, plastic, or ceramic as well as a myriad of different colors that are quite popular with teens.

Invisalign clear aligner teeth straighteners, also known as "trays," are for patients looking for a considerably more subtle option that is difficult to notice at all. For those who may not want to call attention to the correction process or are concerned about the ongoing care of their teeth, these removable aligners, which are taken out when eating or cleaning the teeth, may be an ideal solution.

2) What costs more — Invisalign or braces?

As the original method for straightening your teeth, traditional braces will probably cost less in the long run. Made from simple dental materials, the price of braces may increase depending on whether you choose a different style or opt for a different color. You should always consider your strategy on where and how you want them anchored. For example, lingual braces can be mounted on the inside of your teeth as a more discreet alternative to front-facing braces.

Invisalign, on the other hand, is still relatively new to the market and its cost is a reflection of its innovative, removable advantage. However, it can cost considerably less when you factor in the price over time. Whatever option you choose, it’s always a good idea to first discuss which options are covered with your dental professional and insurance company.

3) What’s best for my current lifestyle, Invisalign or braces?

Again, this is mostly indicative of your long- and short-term budget for a solution, and how discreet you would like to be about your corrective gear.

Traditional braces are more noticeable, but are widely accepted as a necessary step in growing up. Invisalign aims to conceal the process, as well as provide a convenient alternative to the strict cleaning plans for your teeth and gums that are associated with traditional braces.

4) Which is faster — Invisalign or braces?

The time you will need with traditional braces truly varies by individual and the current condition and position of the teeth, in addition to how well you follow the plan your orthodontics expert provides for you. Typically, metal, plastic, and ceramic braces are attached for around two years.

Invisalign usually has a shorter treatment timeframe than braces. While it also depends on your individual needs and objectives, the length of time usually favors the clear aligners when it comes to the effectiveness of Invisalign vs. braces. Invisalign treatment typically lasts anywhere from 6 – 18 months.

5) What’s right for me at this time, Invisalign or braces?

That’s ultimately for you and the trusted SmilesNY dental team to decide, but if affordability is your top priority, traditional braces may be your best choice. Braces are also proven to produce more effective results for more complicated orthodontic problems.

Invisalign has a wide range of benefits, however. Here’s a quick rundown of the most attractive attributes of these clear aligners:

  • Discreet and virtually unnoticeable

  • Removable when you eat and brush your teeth

  • Easy to clean your Invisalign trays

  • Shorter course of treatment

  • Fewer office visits with minimal adjustments

No matter which option you choose, there’s never been a better time than right now to get started on a solution. Whether that’s the discreet and clear aligners from Invisalign or traditional metal braces, contact the experts at SmilesNY Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry of New York City, NY, to schedule your consultation today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.