Invisalign, billed as “the clear alternative to braces,” has become incredibly popular. Straight teeth are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they increase chewing ability and boost oral hygiene. Metal braces were the treatment of choice for over a century, but today, Invisalign is a better option for many people. Here are 4 benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces.
1. 3-D Modeling
Detailed treatment planning is essential to braces as well as Invisalign, but only Invisalign lets you see what to expect. Using digital 3-D modeling, we will show you exactly what your smile will look like at every phase, including your finished smile. We also use digital planning to precisely determine how best to shift each individual tooth.
2. Lifestyle Factors
Traditional braces can cramp your style. They require you to flash a mouthful of metal in every situation, from job interviews to first dates. You will need to give up popular foods such as popcorn and whole apples, and you may experience scrapes and cuts to the sensitive tissues of your mouth.
Invisalign uses comfortable, clear, medical grade aligners with no sharp edges or wires. They are removable, allowing you to eat whatever you like. They are also virtually invisible, meaning that no one needs to know that you are straightening your teeth.
3. Better Oral Health
Metal braces are hard on the teeth. They can scrape and even demineralize your teeth, leaving behind dark spots and putting you at risk for future tooth decay. They also require you to learn a complicated new oral hygiene routine.
Invisalign aligners gently shift your teeth, without the harsh pressure of metal and wires. You can also remove them to brush and floss as normal.
4. Treatment Process
Metal braces put us in charge. We will place them, adjust them, and remove them. If you have a problem, such as a popped wire or loose bracket, you will need an emergency appointment for us to fix it.
With Invisalign, you are in charge. We will place attachments on your teeth and teach you to insert and remove your aligners. Then you will wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, as instructed, and switch to the next set of aligners at home every two weeks, or as directed. You will come in just once every four to six weeks for us to monitor your progress.
Invisalign was once more expensive than braces, but this is changing rapidly. Braces upgrades such as colored metal or high-tech archwires raise their cost, as do adjustments and emergency visits. Invisalign uses a transparent pricing model that includes all aligners and all visits, with no hidden fees. In addition, more and more insurers are now starting to cover Invisalign. Our friendly office staff will price out both options for you, including your projected out of pocket costs, before we begin treatment.
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If you need braces or Invisalign in the San Ramon Valley, contact Bigman Orthodontics today at (925) 735-1515 to schedule your initial evaluation.