These days, people are less likely to stare at people who wear traditional braces, even if they are wearing the traditional metal looking braces. So why would someone want to know if you can straighten teeth without traditional braces given that it’s not as ‘taboo’ as it used to be?
Sometimes it’s the aesthetics that puts people off wanting traditional braces and other times it’s just about how they feel when they wear them. Being made of a soft plastic, Invisalign is more comfortable to wear.
But can you straighten teeth without traditional braces? The quick answer is yes. You may be an ideal candidate for Invisalign in Melbourne.
Invisalign or Traditional Braces – The Difference
Invisalign is as the name suggests; virtually invisible braces that align your teeth similar to the function of traditional braces. Traditional braces are visible and more obvious, especially when people talk, eat and smile.
Invisalign in Melbourne is made of a medical grade thermoplastic. Dental thermoplastics have a high biocompatibility rate, are non-toxic and can keep their shape, thereby allowing for teeth to be aligned.
Traditional braces are made of high grade stainless steel and they require brackets, arch wire and bands. These days, there are colour options for those who wish to change the metal look to something more appealing to them.
Invisalign braces are removable and this should be done when eating. Removing your clear braces allows you to easily follow your home dental routine of brushing and flossing. Traditional braces require you to be careful with what you are eating so you do not damage your braces. You will need to brush with care and use the small braces brush to use as floss to help prevent tartar growth.
Replacement of Invisalign braces is required more regularly than traditional braces, as your teeth move into shape.
Invisalign braces are required to be worn for approximately 22 hours a day in order for this orthodontic treatment to be effective. Thus, you need to remember to put them back in after eating or brushing. Traditional braces are unable to be removed like clear braces and it is believed that traditional braces produce better results.
Upon assessment, we will discuss your orthodontic options and whether Invisalign is right for you and what your preference will be for choice of braces.
Until you see one of our Invisalign dentists, it’s difficult to give a definitive cost as everyone’s oral health, physical health and tooth straightening requirements vary. Invisalign does require a greater investment than traditional braces. As a broad range, you can expect to invest between $2,000 and $9,000 for Invisalign. We will discuss the process and associated costs when we see you.
We know that traditional braces and Invisalign require a substantial investment so we do offer payment plans so you can get the dental care you need.
We recommend that you don’t delay any longer. Call our friendly staff and make a time to see one of our experienced dentists and discuss your orthodontic options and get started towards a more beautiful smile and better oral health.