Is Invisalign Braces for me?
We consult many patients on their options for orthodontic treatment. The treatment plan for orthodontics can vary depending on the severity of the crowding or spacing as well as your mouth structure.
Generally, if the patient’s condition is beyond the scope of what Invisalign can address, they will need to consult an orthodontist, a dentist specializing in orthodontics.
There are multiple benefits of getting orthodontic treatments. A healthy, beautiful smile can change someone’s life as it boosts confidence for a lifetime. Beyond the cosmetics, having teeth that are well aligned will reduce the risks of complications as long as the patient routinely cleans their teeth well and visits their dentist regularly.
Crowding can increase the chances of uncleaned areas around the tooth as it may get difficult to reach by toothbrush or floss. A healthier smile leads a healthier life.
How does Invisalign work?
While the length of the treatment plan varies with patients, all patients begin with a consultation and examination to make the proper measurements and impressions.
This information will allow Invisalign to design the shifting of your teeth throughout time to ensure we get the best final result. Your dentist will typically show you a time lapse of how things pan out to the final product.
You will receive sets of aligners that will have to be changed every two weeks for a month. After each month, you will need to visit your dentist to ensure that things are going as planned. If there are any issues or discomfort, letting your dentist know as soon as possible will help them adjust accordingly in a timely manner.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The final cost largely depends on the length of your treatment. According to Colgate, the cost of Invisalign can be between $3500 to $8000. While traditional braces can be slightly cheaper depending on the treatment plan, there is a lot of convenience to getting Invisalign. Being able to remove them to eat and clean is a huge advantage for many patients as traditional braces can become more difficult to fix.
Is it worth your money? There are many benefits we have stated, both cosmetic and overall health. Consult with your dentist to see what your best options are.
John Powers DMD – Greenbelt Dentist
Dr. John Powers provides restorative and cosmetic dental services including Invisalign. Contact him to make an appointment for a consultation (https://johnpowersdmd.com)