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Braces vs. Invisalign? Which Wins The Showdown?

June 28th, 2017

You’ve made the decision that you are going to have that beautiful, confident smile that you or your child deserves. But with so many options in today’s world, which should you choose? Before 1998, the only choice for straightening teeth was braces - either metal, ceramic or lingual. But then along came Invisalign clear aligners and patients were rightly excited about bypassing the brackets and wires. The cold, hard truth is...BOTH of these options can effectively straighten teeth. The best way to tell which to choose is to have the best Colorado orthodontic specialist like the ones at All About Braces examine your teeth and recommend the option that will work best for your specific case. However, here we breakdown some of the major differences between Invisalign and braces.

Metal vs. Plastic

The appearance is the most obvious difference between Invisalign and braces. To help you better understand this difference, you should know how each of these orthodontic tools works. With braces, your Denver orthodontist will attach brackets to each tooth with bonding material. Then, a thin, metal wire called an archwire is added from bracket to bracket. The wire exerts a light force that causes the teeth to move. Alternatively, Invisalign treatment uses a series of computer-generated, clear removable aligners that are worn and gradually move teeth into place as each set is put in.

Invisalign aligners are more smooth and often considered more comfortable than their metal counterparts and virtually invisible, making it probable that people won’t even know you are wearing them.

However, as mentioned above, metal braces aren’t the only option. Most orthodontic offices also offer clear braces, which uses a ceramic material instead of metal to make them less noticeable. Ceramic or clear braces are not as strong as metal braces.

Moderate vs. Challenging

One of the primary deciding factors in determining the type of orthodontic treatment your doctor may recommend is the type of straightening your teeth need. Traditional braces produce better results if you have challenging orthodontic needs - for example, if you need to straighten significantly crooked teeth, or if you have teeth that are sitting at noticeably different heights. This is because it’s more difficult for the plastic shells to force the teeth into complex tooth movements. Invisalign, however, is ideal if you have mild to moderate crowding and alignment issues and if you have had previous orthodontic treatment but did not wear your retainer and have experienced some relapse.

Years vs. Months

The treatment time for Invisalign aligners is usually quite a bit less than traditional braces. With Invisalign, you wear your aligners 22 to 24 hours a day and can expect treatment to last for six to 18 months, depending on your needs. With braces, your braces never come off and you’re looking at more like an average of two years of treatment time, depending on your needs.

More $$$ vs. Less $$$

Compared to Invisalign, traditional braces tend to be more affordable costing around $1,800-$5,500 compared to Invisalign average cost of $5000. Your All About Braces staff will work with you to develop a financial plan to fit your budget, based on either option.

More Visits vs. Less Visits

With traditional braces, you will visit your Aurora, Denver, or Lakewood orthodontist every month for new wires and tightening. With Invisalign, you will change your aligner trays every two weeks and visit fewer times, usually every four to six weeks.

Food Restrictions vs. Eat What You Want

Wearing braces means being more cautious about what you eat and drink. At All About Braces, we recommend you stay away from sticky or hard foods that might damage or dislodge your brackets or wires and from excessive sweet food and drink that can give you cavities. Invisalign patients take their aligners out whenever they eat or drink, so do not have the food restrictions that braces-wearers have.

Brushing vs. Soaking

Wearing Invisalign clear aligners allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for good periodontal health.However, each time you take them out, you should brush your teeth and rinse your aligners before replacing. Once a day, you should soak your aligners. Traditional braces are fixed in the mouth and therefore are more likely to trap food and are more difficult to keep clean. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is highly recommended and the use of a water pik is also helpful for removing food particles.

Regardless of which orthodontic treatment you choose, the professionals at All About Braces are skilled at giving you a perfect smile using the option that is best for you. To schedule your first consultation, request an appointment online or contact us at one of our convenient Denver area locations. We are specialists in straightening teeth and creating beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. Begin your journey to a beautiful smile with All About Braces.

Benefits of Visiting an Orthodontist After Sustaining a Mouth Injury in an Accident

May 24th, 2017

Serious accidents can result in severe mouth injuries and major dental damage. Whether you were injured in a car accident or a slip and fall accident, the long-term health of your teeth could be at risk. If you have sustained any type of mouth injury that you think has impacted the alignment of your teeth, or that a dentist has informed you as a result of the injury that you need orthodontic care, it is imperative that you make an immediate trip to the orthodontist.  While everyone wants a good smile, protecting your teeth is also important to protect your overall health. Damaged teeth can deteriorate further and cause infections. You may also need to visit the orthodontist after suffering a mouth injury because you need to protect your legal rights. If you were injured in an accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. However, you will only be able to obtain that compensation if you have valid medical documentation that proves the extent of your injuries.

Common Dental Injuries:

The human mouth is complex and dental injuries occur in a wide variety of the different ways. Some of the most common injuries that occur in accidents include:

  • Lost tooth: A tooth that has been completely knocked out is known as an avulsed tooth. This is an incredibly painful injury that often requires emergency medical attention. If you are able to recover the lost tooth, your dentist may be able to put it back in. However, if several hours have already passed, this may no longer be possible.

  • Broken tooth: A tooth that has been broken may be partially chipped or simply loosened. In this situation, your dentist may be able to repair the tooth and save everything that remains. Once again, this is not possible in all cases, but quick medical assistance from a qualified dentist will dramatically increase your odds of saving your tooth.

  • Damaged root: Finally, you may suffer severe mouth damage in an accident that is not actually visible to the naked eye. While you can easily see a lost or broken tooth, you cannot always see root damage. However, fixing root damage is just as important: first, because a damaged dental root can be even more painful than a broken tooth; and further, because a damaged root will eventually kill the attached tooth. Even worse, the damaged root could cause a painful infection that could soon spread to your other teeth.

With all of these injuries, you may require an orthodontist to work with your general dentist in repairing any damages that occur.  If you are concerned about the impact to your bite or the spacing between your teeth, it is a good idea to see a specialist (in this case, an orthodontist) to assess what can be done.

A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, we suggest you also consult with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. In the state of Colorado, negligent parties can be held legally liable for the damage sustained in an accident. In other words, if another party caused your injury, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

How to Keep Clear Braces from Staining

May 18th, 2017

At All About Braces, we're proud to offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to suit the unique needs of our patients. While traditional metal braces are still the most form of treatment we offer, a popular alternative is ceramic (clear) braces. Clear braces work the same way as traditional metal braces, but with one key difference: instead of steel, clear brackets are made from a transparent ceramic composite material that blends in with teeth. This gives them a discreet, aesthetically pleasing appearance – but it also makes staining or discoloration possible.

How to Avoid Staining Your Clear Braces

Before going on, there's one key thing we need to understand. The actual ceramic brackets of your braces will never stain, as they're resistant to discoloration. The clear elastic bands we use to attach the archwire to your brackets, however, can stain – and this can make your braces much more visible.

The best way to fight staining is to avoid it altogether, and that starts with diet. Clear braces stain as a result of dark, deeply colored foods and drinks like coffee, wine, tea, and even tomato sauce. The dark pigments in these foods can leak into the material of the elastic bands, causing them to stain. The best way to prevent staining is by avoiding these foods and drinks in the first place.

In addition to monitoring your diet, making sure to brush your teeth and braces immediately after eating or drinking anything besides water will also help to keep your braces clear. If you can't brush your teeth immediately, try rinsing your mouth out with a glass of water. The goal is to minimize the amount of time your braces spend in contact with deeply colored, stain-inducing foods.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Denver, CO Braces & Invisalign Experts

With a careful eye on your diet and diligent brushing habits, you can keep your clear braces clean and clear, providing an aesthetically pleasing form of treatment that still maintains the benefits of traditional braces. If you have more questions on preventing staining or your orthodontic treatment in general, the team at All About Braces would be thrilled to help you. You can request an appointment or consultation online using our easy online form, and if you have any questions, feel free to call us at one of our six offices below. We're excited to hear from you, and we're looking forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!

Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?

May 18th, 2017

At All About Braces, we're proud to provide world-class orthodontic treatment to patients throughout the greater Aurora, Arvada, and Denver areas, and we strive to make treatment as convenient of a process as possible. We believe a healthy, beautiful smile is an important part of overall health, and we also firmly believe that everyone should have access to a great smile – and the last thing that should stand in the way is finances. At our office, we're pleased to accept most plans from major insurance providers, and we're proud to be a preferred provider for Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Assurant DHA, Cigna, Delta Dental, Guardian, Humana, MetLife, United Concordia, and United Healthcare – but does insurance cover Invisalign?

Insurance Coverage for Invisalign Depends on Your Plan

The truth is, there's no way to categorically answer this question: every patient's insurance plan is different, and your coverage will depend on the specifics of your plan and provider. That said, many insurance policies carry an orthodontic benefit that's entirely separate from dental insurance, which means that even if you don't have dental insurance, you may still qualify for coverage on orthodontic treatment. If you do, your insurance will cover Invisalign the same way it covers traditional metal braces. This means that for many people, the answer is yes: your insurance will cover treatment with Invisalign or Invisalign Teen.

If you're not sure about the specifics of your insurance policy, we are more than happy to help you work it out. We've worked with countless patients to help them make the most of their insurance benefits, and we'll review your plan and work with your insurance company to make sure you get the maximum coverage possible. And don't worry – when you get orthodontic treatment with All About Braces, we take care of filing your claims for you.

Schedule a Consultation for Invisalign in Denver, CO

We strive to make every part of the orthodontic treatment process easy, and whether you're a teenager getting braces for the first time or an adult looking to revitalize your life with a new smile, we would be thrilled to help you. As a premier orthodontic office serving the greater Denver area, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you achieve a new smile no matter what your current orthodontic situation. If you have any questions about our office, your insurance policy, or treatment in general, feel free to reach our contact page or call us at one of our six offices. If you'd like to schedule a consultation and find out if you're a candidate for Invisalign, you can request an appointment using our easy online form. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful smile through Invisalign!

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