Everything You Need to Know About Invisalign
You’ve likely heard of Invisalign, the transparent aligners that can straighten teeth and correct bite alignment in both kids and adults. Invisalign’s effectiveness is unquestionable. For most patients, Invisalign works just as well, or even better, than conventional metal braces at solving cosmetic and functional issues.
What about cost, though? We understand at First Dental Associates that the vast majority of people cannot merely ignore the price of treatment, and cost must be a consideration in your treatment choices. In this guide, we’ll look at the cost and benefits of Invisalign and compare those factors to traditional metal braces to help you make an informed decision about orthodontic correction.
Although they both accomplish similar goals, Invisalign is very different from metal braces. Perhaps the most important difference is that Invisalign is removable. You can take your Invisalign aligner out any time you’d like. This feature makes eating, oral care, and athletics incredibly convenient.
Transparency is another major benefit of these aligners. Invisalign is completely clear with no metal components, so it is extremely difficult for anyone to tell you’re wearing an aligner. You can easily keep your orthodontic correction private, even when you smile.
You will also enjoy reduced treatment time, on average, with Invisalign versus braces. The typical Invisalign treatment duration is around nine to 15 months. With metal braces, this time is generally around 12 to 24 months or longer.
Is Invisalign right for your situation? Only a consultation with our Certified Preferred Invisalign dentist at First Dental Associates can provide that answer, but Invisalign has helped millions of patients with common orthodontic problems. These issues include crooked teeth, crowded teeth, overbites, crossbites, and underbites. Invisalign is a versatile solution for many of the same problems that metal braces treat.
According to the financial website ValuePenguin, the cost for Invisalign is almost identical to the price of traditional metal braces. Furthermore, Invisalign’s cost is substantially lower than the cost of “hidden” braces, such as ceramic and lingual braces. These hidden braces also have significant drawbacks.
Ceramic braces use clear brackets and white wires in place of metal. While these materials reduce the visibility of the braces, they do not truly hide your braces. Certainly, ceramic braces are not completely clear like Invisalign. Furthermore, ceramic braces are notoriously delicate and prone to breakage. The ceramic material also stains easily, and you cannot remove these braces to eat and drink as you can with Invisalign.
Lingual braces are significantly more expensive than Invisalign. These braces attach to the back or lingual surfaces of your teeth, rather than to the front surfaces like conventional braces. While lingual braces are discrete, they can still be uncomfortable. They are not removable and also can make flossing and brushing difficult as with conventional braces.
The precise cost for your Invisalign treatment will largely depend on your specific needs. Schedule a consultation with the expert dentist at First Dental Associates now to find out more.
Additional Costs of Braces
There are often considerable hidden costs with conventional metal, ceramic, or lingual braces. For example, damage to your braces can incur significant expenses. Braces most often break while eating or playing sports. However, since you remove Invisalign during these activities, you don’t run the risk of damaging your transparent aligner.
Braces are also horrible for trapping food between your teeth and along your gum line. When this happens, it is often next to impossible to remove the food with dental floss or a toothbrush because the wires and brackets get in your way. Again, Invisalign eliminates this problem since you simply take your aligner out for both eating and oral care.
You reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease by avoiding trapped food and having the ability to perform oral care effectively. A healthy mouth, in turn, lowers your dental costs, as you avoid the need for procedures, like fillings, crowns, deep gum cleanings, and even root canals.
Our team realizes that even though Invisalign is a convenient and cost-effective method of orthodontic correction, the total cost may not readily fit into your budget. We provide many payment options to help make your care affordable. For instance, we offer interest-free two-year financing on Invisalign.
Additionally, you will find that we accept a number of insurance plans. Most insurance plans that cover conventional braces, in part or whole, will also provide coverage of Invisalign. Our dedicated insurance coordinator is always happy to answer your questions and file your coverage claims.
Please contact us now and begin your journey to straighter, more attractive teeth with Invisalign, a convenient, discrete, and comfortable choice.