Invisalign VS Braces
For many years now the prospect of crooked teeth has brought a frown to children and their parents. That was because those teeth needed correction and correction meant braces. Braces meant that there was going to be a lot of time and effort involved in straightening those teeth. And then there would be the consideration of cost. In more than one case, parents haven’t been able to get braces for their kids because they simply couldn’t afford them.
Those days may have come to an end now that Invisalign is seeing more widespread usage across the world, which brings us to the question of why Invisalign is becoming so popular. The first and most obvious reason is that this new form of dental correction is made of clear plastic. This is in contrast to the braces, which are considered unsightly by some. Even though many people don’t mind the sight of braces, they are still generally considered to be pretty hard to miss! Invisalign is virtually invisible so that most people won’t even know it’s there.
The other concern for braces is that they are usually very uncomfortable to wear and make eating difficult. Invisalign aligners are custom made to fit a person’s teeth, perfectly. The result is that they are much more comfortable to wear.
There is also the issue of the permanence of braces. They have to be custom fit and are difficult to remove. Invisalign can be removed as easily as a pair of dentures and, as a result, make eating pleasurable again, rather than a chore. They are also removed when someone is drinking or brushing for convenience.
When it comes to the length of treatment, Invisalign can actually take just half of the time it takes for braces to straighten a person’s teeth. When considering that the treatment time for braces can be years, Invisalign treatments can be eighteen months and even as little as six.
The major issue with braces is, of course, cost. This is one of the most major factors with braces, which are sometimes out of people’s price range. The cost of Invisalign can vary according to the severity of the issue that it’s being used to treat, but it is generally cheaper than traditional forms of treatment. Although different sites have different estimates, the general range of cost for Invisalign is usually between three and five thousand dollars. There’s also some possible funding available for Invisalign through Insurance providers and payment plans.
Because Invisalign is designed to adjust teeth’s position more gradually, it is believed to be more comfortable than more traditional braces and the nature of Invisalign’s easy removal also means fewer trips to the dentist.
Braces can also result in the areas where they’re in direct contact with the teeth to have a decalcifying effect on the tooth, which means that a person’s teeth can have spots on them for a period of time after they’re removed. This is something that can’t happen with Invisalign, which makes them a more attractive option.
The Invisalign service also includes the bonus of being able to see a digital projection of how a person’s teeth will look after treatment is finished, which is a great motivator when a customer is able to see the end results ahead of time!
The disadvantage to Invisalign is that people do have to wear a retainer at night in order to ensure that their teeth don’t move back out of place over time, although this is a possibility with braces as well. The people behind Invisalign also claim that the treatment is more advanced, works better, and allows for more control.
So, what is the verdict on Invisalign? Is it set to replace braces? There are many benefits to using the Invisalign treatment and few drawbacks, unlike its older cousin, braces. The greatest drawback to braces is that many kids who have to wear them become afraid to smile, because they’re worried that they’ll be made fun of. In other cases, kids simply don’t like the look of braces on their teeth, also resulting in fewer smiles for the next two years or so.
This is where Invisalign really shines. Kids who wear it rarely have anyone notice they’re even there, meaning that they gain something important from the experience: self-confidence and that’s probably why Invisalign will ultimately become the treatment of choice for many parents concerned about their children “fitting in” with other kids.
When this is taken into consideration with cost, comfort, and convenience, Invisalign becomes the obvious first choice. Like traditional tube televisions being replaced with high definition liquid crystal T.V.s, what’s happening in this field of orthodontics is simply that newer technology is replacing older tech. When one really thinks about it, that isn’t such a bad thing, is it?