If you grew up having to wear old-fashioned metal braces, you probably don’t remember the treatment fondly. Sure, they will straighten teeth, but there’s no way of hiding them. Kids can be ruthless, so you probably heard the term, "metal mouth" more than once. Thankfully, these days there’s a far more discrete option—Invisalign braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a simple technique that does away with the need for metal braces. Instead of worrying about metal tracks across your teeth, you get plastic aligners that are completely clear. Naturally, you have to consider the Invisalign pros and cons before making your final decision.
The main advantage is that these braces are more inconspicuous than traditional options. Most people would need to look pretty closely at your mouth to see them. The con is that they are slightly more expensive than the metal braces.
Regular braces cost between $2,500 and $6,000, while Invisalign braces costs between $3,500 and $8,000. Fortunately, most insurance companies will consider covering Invisalign as well.
How Does Invisalign Work?
You start with a visit to our offices. We will then conduct a thorough inspection of your teeth and give you an honest evaluation. We'll check whether or not there is work to be done, and what results can be realistically expected.
We’ll then create a customized treatment schedule for you. This lays out every step of the plan going forward. We’ll give you an idea of the Invisalign before and after results that you can expect. Once you’re on-board, we spring into action.
We’ll have a set of aligners created to make the necessary adjustments. These will be made to fit your mouth exactly. You’ll need to keep them in place for at least twenty hours a day, preferably twenty-two hours.
You’ll be asked to come in on a weekly or fortnightly basis to get the aligners changed out. This will ensure that your teeth are gently shifted to their new position, and will continue until you have the results that you always wanted.
How Long Does It Take?
That is going to depend on your circumstances and what we’re working with. If your case is complex, or you need significant adjustments, it will take longer. Generally, though, you're looking at a twelve to eighteen-month period. We can tell you more accurately when you come in to see us for your first consultation.
Once the aligners can be permanently removed, you’ll still have to wear a retainer. The retainer will help to keep your teeth in their new position. Initially, you’ll have to wear it full-time. After a few months, though, you’ll be able to switch over to wearing it only overnight or a few hours daily.
Wrapping it Up
Traditional braces do get the job done, but there is a price to pay. Everyone will be able to see that you’re wearing braces. In some cases, this can really dampen your self-confidence.
Invisalign, on the other hand, is unobtrusive. People will be able to tell that you have something in your mouth, but only if they look closely. For the most part, no one is even going to realize they are there.