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Invisalign® vs Braces in Philadelphia, PA

Deciding between Invisalign® and braces can be challenging because each option has advantages. Board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan routinely discusses Invisalign® vs. braces with teens and adults in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. Understanding the basic differences between Invisalign® and braces helps you make an informed decision about your orthodontic treatment.

Getting Straight to the Basics: Braces vs. Invisalign®

Braces and Invisalign® will correct common problems that require orthodontic treatment, such as crowded teeth, crooked teeth, and problems with your bite alignment. After treatment with either of these options, you will have a healthy and beautiful smile.

Which is Better? Braces or Invisalign®?

Before you can compare Invisalign® and braces, you should understand the design of each option. Metal braces are comprised of brackets and wires. Some patients also need metal bands placed around certain teeth and other orthodontic appliances, such as headgear or a Herbst appliance.

Treatment with Invisalign® involves wearing a removable aligner, similar to a mouth guard or the tray that is used for whitening your teeth. You may need aligners on the top and bottom teeth or just one set of teeth. The aligners are worn for 22 hours each day, and you change out the aligner every two weeks.

Oral Hygiene

  • Braces: Wearing braces means that you have to work around the brackets and wires in order to clean your teeth and gums.
  • Invisalign®: With Invisalign® you can remove the aligner, so brushing and flossing require no special techniques beyond proper oral hygiene.

Color

  • Braces: Metal braces are silver in color, so they are very visible against the natural color of your teeth. As an alternative, you may be able to use ceramic braces that match your natural tooth color.
  • Invisalign®: The aligners are made of a special clear plastic, so they are basically invisible unless someone looks at your teeth very closely.

Treatment Time

  • Braces: Traditional braces are adhered to your teeth, so they cannot be removed. Most orthodontic treatment plans with braces take two to four years.
  • Invisalign®: You wear the clear Invisalign® aligners for at least 22 hours each day, and the aligners can be removed to eat and brush/floss your teeth. Most treatment plans take one to two years.

Maintenance

  • Braces: The brackets and wires of braces are more prone to collecting food particles so you will need to brush and floss more frequently. You will also have to learn new techniques to ensure that your teeth and gums remain clean and free of bacteria and plaque.
  • Invisalign®: With Invisalign you remove the aligners and brush and floss as you normally would. The aligners can be cleaned with a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinsed completely.

Follow-Up Visits

  • Braces: Follow-up visits are scheduled every four to eight weeks.
  • Invisalign®: Follow-up visits are scheduled every eight to 12 weeks.

Invisalign® vs. Braces: Pros of Each Option

Braces

  • No additional cleaning required beyond brushing and flossing
  • Recommended for more advanced orthodontic problems

Invisalign®

  • Aligners can be removed for cleaning and eating
  • Almost invisible
  • Considerably more comfortable
  • Does not require changes to the foods you eat
  • Easier to keep clean throughout the day

Invisalign® vs. Braces: Cons of Each Option

Braces

  • Brackets, wires, and other components can irritate the cheeks and lips
  • May increase the risk of tooth discoloration and breakage
  • Hard and sticky foods should be avoided

Invisalign®

  • Certain foods may stain the aligners
  • Have to be removed prior to eating and drinking (except cold water)

Braces and Invisalign® are Not Ideal For…

Braces

  • Children, teens and adults who engage in rigorous, high-contact sports

Invisalign®

  • Children (due to the care that is needed and length of time that the aligners must be worn each day)
  • Patients who require more extensive orthodontic treatments, including vertical movement of the teeth
  • Teens and adults who need correction to the bite in the back section of the mouth
  • Patients who require rotation of the premolars or canine teeth

What Do Braces and Invisalign® Cost in Bucks County and Philadelphia?

Braces and Invisalign® do have different costs, and the total cost varies by patient. After your consultation, we will be able to provide you with a cost that includes all aspects of your treatment plan, including your choice of braces or Invisalign®.

Payment can be made by:

  • Cash, personal check and credit card
  • Financing through CareCredit®
  • In-house financing options

We are an in-network provider for many of today’s top dental insurance companies. Using an orthodontist that is in your dental care network benefits you by:

  • Providing lower out-of-pocket expenses
  • Saving you time and money by completing and filing all necessary claim forms at no extra charge to you
  • Accepting the payment we negotiate with the insurance company as payment in full
  • Never sending you a bill for the charges that are above the negotiated rate, known as balance billing
  • Expecting you to only pay your applicable co-payment, deductible and co-insurance according to the terms of your policy
  • Letting you pay only for your portion rather than expecting you to pay the full cost and get reimbursed by the insurance company

What to Expect During Your Consultation

Dr. Kadan uses the consultation as the time to take X-rays and perform an evaluation of your teeth, jaw alignment, oral health and bite alignment. He will also make an accurate three-dimensional model of your teeth with the iTero® Element™ system and show you how treatment will improve your bite and teeth. Based on the findings of the evaluation, he will recommend a treatment plan and advise you about your options for braces and Invisalign™.

Why Choose Sam Kadan Orthodontics

Dr. Kadan is a board-certified orthodontist, and only one in three orthodontists pursue board certification by demonstrating a commitment to excellence in orthodontic care, as well as continuing education. Dr. Kadan’s exceptional patient care has earned him a position on Philadelphia Magazine’s list of Top Dentists for 2016, winner of the 2016 Happening List and 2015 designation as an Invisalign® Elite Provider. He completed his orthodontic specialty training at the University of Rochester, and he currently holds a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to help develop the skills and expertise of future orthodontists.

Dr. Kadan has designed his facility to reflect his approach to patient care, and we look forward to giving you a tour as part of your consultation and introduction to our practice.

Understanding how braces and Invisalign® compare helps you choose the option that is right for your budget and personal style. If you would like to learn more about braces vs. Invisalign® or if you are ready for orthodontic treatment, contact us to schedule a personal consultation with board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan at our Chalfont, Doylestown or Harleysville office.

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