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Invisalign vs Traditional Metal Braces: Which is better?

Everyone would like to have a bright, healthy smile, and some of us are lucky enough to be born with one. However, the rest of us may require the services of a dentist or orthodontist to achieve that ideal smile. When we have a lovely, healthy smile, it increases our confidence level. You feel more prepared to face any situation.

Braces are a tried-and-true way of achieving perfectly straight teeth. We didn’t have many options just a few years ago, but now there are several excellent solutions accessible in a variety of pricing ranges. The first thing that many people think of is their budget. Of course, these days, there are numerous ways to pay for dental work. So don’t let that stop you. Consider a few of these:

  • Medical savings account: Find out how much braces will be and then put that much in your medical savings account. These are before tax dollars so that instantly makes it cheaper.
  • CareCredit: Especially for medical and dental procedures. You can even use this for aesthetic procedures like Botox so it’s a good tool to have in your arsenal.
  • Credit Card: If you have a credit card with a low interest rate, you can use it to pay for dental procedures then simply pay out the balance over a couple of years.
  • Loan: Loans are good because you can use the money however you like. You might use part of it for braces and part of it for a nice vacation.

Ceramic & Porcelain Braces

This has become a popular option. They are more expensive but can offer speedier results in some cases. They’re more brittle than Invisalign and more likely to break. This necessitates additional visits to the orthodontist. Ceramic braces come in a variety of colors, so you can get something that looks classy or eclectic depending on your tastes. They are stain-resistant.


This is the most recent advancement in brace comfort. Your orthodontist will take a mold of your mouth and make a plastic-like retainer for you to wear for about six weeks. When you see the orthodontist for a check-up, he or she will examine your teeth to ensure that they are moving in the appropriate direction. You’ll obtain a new retainer at this point to keep your teeth moving in the appropriate way. This takes anywhere from 6 to24 months, though it may take longer depending on your circumstances. At roughly $8,000, this is one of the most expensive options.



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