- Traditional Braces are irremovable. They consist of brackets and wires that are inserted into the mouth and worn 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Since they cannot be taken out there must be proper precautions made over the types of foods eaten or any contact sports played that might cause damage. Invisalign is removable and essentially invisible to the human eye. They should be worn 24 hours a day but can be taken out when eating or playing. Being removable makes them convenient, but Dr. Ashley Reynolds says that extra steps must be taken to ensure they stay clean and hygienic.
- Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires. They provide stability and effective teeth straightening, however the sides or “wings” of the brackets might cause sores and pain during teeth movement. Invisaligns are made of a strong medical grade, thermoplastic material that are fitted snugly around the teeth to position desired by the patient. They cause less discomfort, however might not be as effect as traditional braces to move teeth vertically.
- Traditional Braces can be considerably less costly than Invisalign. Since removable clear braces are more convenient appearance wise, they can be pricey. Invisaligns often have a starting cost of $5,000.00 or more. Traditional braces can be greatly cost effective on a tighter budget or insurance policy, and regularly cost anywhere from $1,200.00 to $3,000.00 depending on how much orthodontic treatment needs to be done.
In the end, it all depends on the individual patient. Traditional braces are cheaper, easy to clean and more effective in raising or lowering teeth, whereas Invisalign aligners are removable, lighter, and overall more convenient in day to day activities. At Crescent Orthodontists near Wixom, MI, we strive to make the best decisions for your smile and will help you in choosing the right braces for you. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics today at 248-437-3377.