For decades, metal brackets and wires have been the most common and reliable method for straightening teeth.
Invisible Braces Options
First of all, what exactly are “invisible” braces?
As dentistry and orthodontics progress, there are more options out there for you to choose from. These include tooth-colored braces and clear aligner trays. The most popular aligner system is Invisalign.
How do these invisible braces compare with regular braces?
Invisalign aligners are clear trays that are custom-fitted to your teeth. Before getting your first tray, your dentist will take some records of your teeth and send these to an Invisalign lab which designs the trays.
You’ll notice that the tray is very snug because it’s designed to put slight pressure on the teeth you want to move. Over time, your bite will adjust to the fit of the tray and it’ll be time to get a new one.
Because of the special materials and diagnostics used in Invisalign, it tends to be a bit pricier than regular braces. You’ll probably find that the cost is worth the extra free time and comfort that Invisalign gives you.
If your smile needs more help than what an aligner tray can provide, then clear braces are your next best option. These can cost a bit more than classic metal braces. This option is less visible because the brackets and wires are tooth colored with clear bands.
How much you’ll pay for invisible braces largely depends on the area you live in. If you want to seek treatment that’s cheaper than what’s available locally, research orthodontia costs in other towns. Get started by contacting your dentist for more information.
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
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