You probably know a few people who have worn Invisalign and are wondering: what’s so great about it?
If you’re looking for an alternative solution to braces, then Invisalign may seem like an attractive option. However, before choosing one over the other, it’s important to know basic facts about each treatment. Along with treatment time, cost and maintenance are important factors to consider when moving forward with orthodontic treatment.
If you’re looking into treatment to boost your smile confidence, make sure you know the answers to these questions about braces and Invisalign:
Which treatment takes less time to complete?
Generally, Invisalign treatment takes less time to finish than traditional braces because patients that are candidates for Invisalign have less complex concerns to correct. However, it’s important to note that treatment time varies based on the unique situation and individual. On average, adult Invisalign treatment takes about 12 months. Teen Invisalign treatment times tend to vary from 12 – 18 months. Invisalign aligner trays need to be worn between 22 – 24 hours a day, and the more often the patient wears the trays, the shorter amount of time it will take to complete treatment. Traditional braces are usually worn for 18 months and can correct more complex concerns.
Which treatment costs more?
Although Invisalign can take less time and provides individuals with more flexibility, the treatment usually costs more than braces. If you choose Invisalign treatment, expect to pay more for the entire process. Even though the Invisalign braces costs a bit more this orthodontic procedure might fit your lifestyle during the treatment program. If cost is a consideration, many orthodontists provide patients with affordable treatment or payment plans to lessen the financial burden.
If you are looking for a more cost-effective treatment plan, traditional metal braces may be the way to go. Typically, braces are metal and cost slightly less than Invisalign, depending on the treatment plan. Before choosing one over the other, make sure to consult with your local orthodontist and understand total cost and payment plans associated with each type of treatment.
Which treatment requires more maintenance?
Invisalign requires follow-up visits less often than braces. With Invisalign treatment expect to have an appointment every 8 – 12 weeks, and with braces expect to have a visit about every 6 weeks. For braces, the orthodontist changes or tightens wires and brackets to help with alignment. Invisalign requires the patient to change aligner trays at home every 1-2 weeks to correct teeth alignment. Post-treatment for both Invisalign and braces, patients must wear a retainer at night.
As Invisalign alignment trays are easy to remove, it is easy to forget or misplace them. If you do not wear the Invisalign alignment trays for 22+ hours a day, treatment is likely extended, potentially costing more than the initial treatment plan. It’s important to understand the ongoing maintenance of Invisalign, since you have control over the treatment’s length of time.
In working with the Knapp Orthodontics team, we will make sure your treatment is effective, cost-friendly and easy-going. We aim to provide you with a beautiful smile you can feel confident about, so you can trust the orthodontics process. To schedule a free consultation, contact us, today. At the consultation we’ll be able to determine if Invisalign or braces are an option, and discuss the benefits of each treatment.