Are the costs of invisalign braces worth it?
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a relatively new procedure to straighten teeth used by dentists and orthodontists. It is the straightening of the teeth, but without metal brackets or wires. You cannot see Invisalign on the teeth. It is completely removable and easy to use. Yet, Invisalign does have one major drawback; it can cost significantly more than ordinary braces. For someone who may be somewhat self conscious about wearing regular braces, this could be the answer for them. Invisalign can be removed at any time from the teeth so you can eat, brush, or floss your teeth.
How does it work?
Using three dimensional technologies, the treatment plan is designed from initial use to the end result. Each “Aligner” is custom made and slowly moves the teeth toward the final positions. One may go through a series of these “Aligners” and this may vary with each individual case. A mold or impression of you teeth id made and computer technology creates each aligner that will slowly move the teeth. Each aligner is worn approximately two weeks. The average number of the aligners is anywhere from 18 to 30. Of course treatment time varies as well, but the average treatment time is around 9 to 15 months. Following therapy, you will more than likely have to wear a dental device such as a retainer. Your dentist or orthodontist can provide you with additional information.
What are the alternatives?
Traditional braces are always a cheaper alternative to Invisalign. While you cannot remove traditional braces to eat or for what ever reason, traditional braces can be invisible, or at least less visible. The braces or wires can be put behind your teeth. Also with new technology, braces today can be clear, so that they are less visible. To be unique, you can even choose differently color bands for an occasion. This may also appeal more to children.
Most people wear their braces for around two years. Afterward, you will more than likely be required to wear a retainer for a short period of time. This varies with each case.
What to do?
The choice between Invisalign and traditional braces lies with the person who will be paying for it. If the price and availability of Invisalign are acceptable, then this can be an effective procedure. The only catch is a dentist has to have extra twelve hour training and be certified.
Another drawback to Invisalign is that it may be more difficult for children and teens to wear correctly. Since they can remove them at any time this would cause the treatment to be less affective.
The choice is a hard one, but only your dentist or orthodontist can help you decide which procedure is best for your particular case. Also, if your dentist or orthodontist does not offer this service, it is possible your insurance may not cover this procedure. If in doubt about your dental insurance coverage be sure to check with your company by asking about Invisalign by name.