Braces vs. Invisalign

Braces vs. Invisalign
Posted on 07/18/2018

When it comes to straightening your teeth, you want something affordable, effective, and esthetic. Here at Hartsock and Sword Orthodontics we have multiple options for you to consider and the expertise to help you decide which option is right for you. Our primary methods of treatment are traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners. Let’s talk about the main differences between the two:

  1. How They Work
  2. Both options consistently apply forces to teeth to gradually align them in to the ideal position; however, one is removable and one is not. The advantage of being able to remove your Invisalign aligners is that you are free to eat what you want and brush and floss with ease, which really improves your lifestyle during treatment.  Ideally aligners are worn 20-22 hours per day. The disadvantage of being able to remove the aligners is that you must take responsibility to wear them as directed.  We provide plenty of resources to encourage you and help you stay on track!

  3. Cost
  4. We provide comfortable, interest-free payment plans that help make both of these options affordable. Due to the customizability of Invisalign, many orthodontic offices charge their patients a higher fee for aligners to offset fees, but here both options are the same price. We understand that most people today prefer the esthetic advantage of Invisalign, so we decided to make this treatment as accessible as traditional braces.

  5. Treatment Time
  6. You don’t have to look very hard to find claims from various orthodontic companies saying that their treatment moves teeth faster than all the rest. Dr. Hartsock and I have found that this really isn’t the case. Treatment times are very similar between braces and aligners. The average treatment duration for most orthodontic patients is 18 to 30 months, regardless of which treatment is used. The real difference is in the frequency of appointments.

  7. Appointments

With traditional braces in our office, appointments generally occur every 4-5 weeks, but with Invisalign appointments can be spread out to every 8-10 weeks. In today’s busy world, we have seen that our families have responded well to the longer appointment intervals.  Less time in the orthodontist office means more time getting to do the things you love.

Contact us today for your free consultation by phone or through our online Appointment Request page.

 Hope this  helps!
Jacob Sword, DMD, MDS

Hartsock and Sword Orthodontics

  • Hartsock and Sword Orthodontics - 161 College St., Suite 3, Pikeville, KY 41501 Phone: 606.432.3603

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