Crooked teeth and other dental problems can really hurt your confidence, even making you hold back when you smile or laugh if you’re self-conscious about it. Braces are one option for straightening your teeth and restoring your smile, but these can also make you feel self-conscious about how braces look for the duration of the treatment.
Another great option and an alternative to braces is Invisalign. Read on to find out more about Invisalign and whether it’s right for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment designed to align crooked teeth, correct gaps between teeth, or correct other alignment issues like underbite and overbite. Patients may choose Invisalign over braces because it is a more comfortable, convenient, and less visible treatment option. Invisalign treatment typically takes less time than braces, too, although this may vary from one patient to the next.
How does it work?
Invisalign treatment involves wearing clear, plastic aligners that have been specifically molded to suit your teeth. This is achieved by taking a digital 3D scan of your teeth. As your teeth change and move positions as a result of the treatment, new scans will be taken to create new aligners that continue to fit your teeth. This is usually done every two weeks.
During the course of treatment, patients should wear their aligners for at least 20 hours per day to achieve the best results. The aligners can easily be removed and put back in, allowing you to brush and floss regularly without any hassle. You should always remove your aligners before eating or drinking (except for plain water), and then brush your teeth before putting them back in.
The length of treatment will vary from one person to the next, but typically takes between 6 and 18 months. However, you could start to see a noticeable difference in just a few weeks as the aligners start to work.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign will depend largely on the current condition of your teeth, how much correction is required, and how long the treatment will be. If you see your dentist about potentially receiving Invisalign treatment, then they will be able to give you a more accurate estimate of the costs. However, the cost will usually be slightly higher than that of braces. According to Colgate, the price is typically somewhere between $3,500 and $8,000.