What You Should Know About Braces
If you or a family member needs braces, deciding which type is for you can be a difficult step. There are many advantages and disadvantages to both traditional braces as well as invisible braces that have to be considered. To make your decision, it is important to know the pros and cons associated with each type of braces.
Food is Different with Braces
Anyone who has had braces knows that food is a challenge. Regardless of what type of braces you get, eating will be painful for a few days as your teeth move into place. The difference is that invisible braces must be removed before eating or drinking anything but water, because the food and drink could get stuck in the braces and damage them. Conversely, traditional braces cannot be removed to eat, so food can sometimes get caught in the braces.
Straightening Teeth is not the Only Use for Braces
Traditional braces are not just used to straighten teeth; they also fix a lot of other oral issues like bite, bridgework, and tooth rotation. If you are someone who has more complex needs than straightening teeth, then invisible braces likely are not for you.
Cost Makes a Difference
It all depends on what each individual needs, but invisible braces tend to cost a bit more than traditional braces. Traditional braces can cost anywhere between $1,500 to $6,000, while invisible braces tend to be around $3,500 to $8,000. This is something to keep in mind when making your decision, as each individual has different values sought from their braces.
Consider Your Personality
It does not seem like a big deal, but when you consider the cost of these braces, discipline matters. Because invisible braces must be removed to eat and have to be cleaned regularly, they are often recommended to more responsible people. Traditional braces cannot be removed and thus are generally easier to maintain. It is important to consider your personality and willingness to maintain these appliances before making your decision.
They Take About the Same Amount of Time
Unfortunately, neither option is going to provide miraculous results. Both traditional and invisible braces take about 1.5-2 years, depending on the individual case. And, while you have to remove invisible braces to eat and clean them, they must be worn essentially all day, just like traditional braces. It is important to keep in mind that both options are a long commitment and that real results are going to take time.
If you have other questions about the various benefits of these different types of braces, contact us to learn more.