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For The Perfect Smile: Braces Or Invisalign?
Posted on 06/13/2017
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For The Perfect Smile: Braces Or Invisalign?

You’re ready to improve your smile, so you’ve decided to give your orthodontist a call at Doleski & Wolford Orthodontics to get treatment and finally get a perfect smile. After your first consultation, you find out you can choose between braces or Invisalign, but which one is better? Let’s look at some of the most common questions when comparing these two treatment options, and see which one comes out on top.

Which Is More Effective?

No matter which treatment option you choose you’re going to get those perfectly straight teeth that you seek, making for a more comfortable smile that’s even easier to keep clean and healthy.


Between braces and Invisalign, neither is more effective than the other, since they both use the same core concept of applying small amounts of targeted pressure against your teeth that cause slow and gradual movement. Treatment time may vary, but it all depends on the severity of the misalignment of your teeth, so the likelihood is that the amount of time that your treatment will be is going to be close, if not the same, for whichever you choose.


Which Is More Comfortable?


Since comfort is more subjective, this is a tricky question to answer. For metal or clear braces, advancements in orthodontic technology have made them smaller and more comfortable. While they aren’t removable, some patients feel more comfortable with something that they know is always attached, impossible to lose, and is constantly working towards that new smile. Braces also allow you to eat most foods (except hard or sticky foods) freely.


As for Invisalign, each aligner is specially designed to fit comfortably over your teeth, with a tiny offset that will move the teeth gradually. For many, the fact that Invisalign can be taken out to eat provides an extra level of comfort during treatment, but the patient must be diligent to wear the aligners for the required 20 to 22 hours a day.


Which Is Better For Cost?


The cost for braces is usually standard, while the price for Invisalign varies based on how many aligners need to be created, since aligners are switched out every two weeks. For more severe cases of tooth misalignment, more Invisalign aligners may be needed, which can put the cost above that of braces. The good news on the financial side of things is that Doleski & Wolford Orthodontics accepts dental insurance, with many policies actually having coverage which can be used towards braces or Invisalign. Just ask your insurance provider or your doctor if your treatment is covered.


The Verdict? - Contact Doleski & Wolford Orthodontics For Specialized Treatment!


With both braces and Invisalign having advantages that cater to patients with different needs, there is no clear cut winner. However, if you want a perfect, radiant smile and come to Doleski & Wolford Orthodontics for either treatment, you’ll be the real winner. Contact us today and start the journey to straighten your teeth with your trusted orthodontist in Erie, PA. We look forward to helping you get the smile that you’ll love seeing in the mirror every day!