Invisalign vs. Braces: Which Is Right for Me?

Dr. Mai and Dr. Perlman are wearing false mustaches and hamming it up with a big inflatable toothbrush to encourage good dental hygiene with your Invisalign, ClearCorrect or Six Month Smiles braces

Thanks to technological advancements in dentistry, you’ve got some great options if you want a straighter smile. This can be both a blessing and a curse. Sure you get to pick, but you also have to figure out what is actually right for you. Usually it comes down to Invisalign vs. braces. At Spanaway Dental Wellness we offer both Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™ clear aligners, in addition to Six Month Smiles® braces.

Do you want something less noticeable?

If your main concern is to get an orthodontic treatment that’s barely visible, then you should check out Invisalign or ClearCorrect. Hinted at in its very name, Invisalign is about straightening teeth in the most invisible way possible. While the brackets and wires of conventional braces noticeably stick out on your teeth, Invisalign’s clear, form-fitted aligners blend in much more naturally.

Do you feel too busy for braces?

If you are a busy professional (or any kind of busy person!), then clear aligners are a good option. They usually require fewer visits to our office and they straighten your teeth faster than traditional braces. Your aligners are designed using computer software and you progress from one set to the next as your teeth are straightened. You need to wear the trays a minimum of 22 hours a day but it’s nice to be able to remove them occasionally for special occasions or meals. And although good dental hygiene is still important, it takes less effort to keep your teeth clean than with metal brackets.

Do you want the fastest treatment?

Six Month Smiles uses tooth colored wires and clear braces as another option for upgrading your smile. The results are fast because the focus is on straightening only your most noticeable teeth. Monthly visits are necessary to keep your progress on track. This option is often less expensive too.

Do you need significant repositioning of your teeth?

Clear aligners and Six Month Smiles handle issues like gaps, crowding, and crooked teeth. Complex cases of severe teeth misalignment take a longer correction time and often require traditional braces. To know how much movement you’ll need to get to achieve your desired smile, we recommend scheduling an in-person consultation.

Do you worry about the cost?

The cost of straightening your teeth can vary depending on the complexity of your unique case. Whether or not your dental insurance covers orthodontic treatment can also be another factor. To get your specific cost estimate, you should speak to us at Spanaway Dental Wellness. We are proud to offer a special offer to new patients of $500 off orthodontic treatment! We also offer a number of financing options.

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We understand there’s a lot to consider when making your decision, so if you have any questions about either Invisalign, ClearCorrect or Six Month Smiles braces, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You can also take our virtual smile consultation to get started!

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to learn more!

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