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Cosmetic Dentist in Chicago: How to Pick Between Invisalign® and Braces

June 27, 2022
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Posted By: Wicker Park Dental Group

Although it’s possible to be born with naturally perfect alignment, orthodontic treatment is a rite of passage for 4 million Americans (and counting). Are you considering straightening your smile? If so, meet with a mindful cosmetic dentist in Chicago by calling (773) 276-5566 or messaging Wicker Park Dental Group. At your initial consultation, one of our team members will go over your orthodontic options and lead you on a treatment path that can effectively tackle any aesthetic concerns driving you mad.

Some patients face a conundrum when embarking on orthodontic treatment: whether they should commit to traditional braces or a clear aligner treatment, like Invisalign. Here, we answer the common questions about both orthodontic treatments:

Which is more expensive?

Before committing to cosmetic dental treatment, it’s natural to be concerned about the cost. Based on the manufacturer’s website, Invisalign treatment costs are comparable to the cost of traditional braces. Primarily, the total cost mirrors case complication for both types of treatment: the more complicated the misalignment case is, the more trays, attachments, and other supporting materials are needed. More materials can yield a price increase.

Also, are you worried about your insurance only covering braces but not Invisalign? If so, don’t. If your insurance covers orthodontic treatments, they generally let you choose between metal braces and clear aligners. So, your cosmetic dentist in Chicago can help you decide which option is more suitable for your lifestyle and biology.

Which yields a more prolonged treatment timeline?

Second to cost, patients commonly ask, “how long will orthodontic treatment take?” Even though there is a rumor floating around that metal braces straighten teeth faster than Invisalign (and vice versa), this is not true.

Generally, Invisalign and traditional braces straighten teeth in the same amount of time. With both types of orthodontic treatment, total treatment time reflects how compliant you are with treatment and the complexity of your misalignment.

Which treatment is more effective?

While your teeth might seem stable, orthodontic devices have the power to move teeth. Generally, orthodontic devices (including traditional braces and Invisalign) move teeth with gentle force. Thus, loosening the tooth root and permitting movement.

Traditional braces employ obvious metal archwires, brackets, and rubber bands to achieve this goal. On the contrary, Invisalign corrects misalignment via clear, biocompatible trays. Both treatments are effective but not everyone qualifies for Invisalign.

Which treatment is more aesthetically pleasing?

Whereas both treatments are effective at correcting crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth, you don’t have to worry about being called “brace face” with Invisalign aligners. With proper care, there should only be one person who knows that you’re wearing Invisalign trays: you.

Which treatment supports healthy gums?

Aside from aesthetics, removability is another feature that distinguishes Invisalign from clear aligners. Removing aligners from time to time comes in handy before eating, giving short speeches, and keeping teeth and gums clean. (Still, please wear your aligners as instructed.)

In one study, researchers suggested that patients who choose removable aligners have better gum health than those with fixed oral appliances (such as braces). Furthermore, these same researchers discovered that patients with FOAs tend to have higher concentrations of oral bacteria—which contribute to conditions like gingivitis.

Connect with a Caring Cosmetic Dentist in Chicago

Although it’s possible to attain dramatic results with traditional braces and clear aligners, Invisalign is the clear winner. Our Wicker Park Dental Group team looks forward to helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, so call (773) 276-5566 or message us online.

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