If you have teeth that are crooked, twisted, overlapping, or gapped, or if your teeth don’t come together properly when you close your mouth (what is known as your bite), your regular dentist may recommend you for orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatment refers to treatment that is designed to correct the position of the teeth and jaw. Two of the most common treatments are orthodontic braces and Invisalign clear aligners.
Orthodontic braces are the solution that most people find familiar. Braces are brackets and wires placed on the teeth, which are then adjusted to alter the position of your smile. Braces limit what you can eat since many foods can damage your brace or get stuck in them and cause decay and gum disease. They are usually worn anywhere from 12 to 24 months and require you to make regular visits to your orthodontist to have them adjusted. Although modern braces look much less obvious than older varieties, many people still don’t like the way that they look when wearing them.
Invisalign is a clear aligner treatment that also applies gentle force to the teeth and jaw to move them into a new and improved position. However, rather than using brackets and wires, Invisalign uses cutting-edge technology to create a series of custom-designed clear plastic aligners that fit over the top of the teeth. The technology maps the route that your teeth and jaw need to move to bring them into the ideal position, and then a different aligner is made for each stage of the treatment, enabling patients to move on to the next part of the treatment themselves at home, rather than needing so many appointments with their orthodontist. Aligners are removable, meaning no foods are off-limits, and it’s much easier to brush and floss your teeth. However, you must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day for the treatment to be effective, so you must be prepared to commit to this.
The cost of dental treatment is a big concern for many people. How much their treatment is likely to cost is usually one of the first questions asked, particularly where orthodontic treatment is concerned.
First of all, understand that orthodontic treatment is always one of the most expensive types of dental treatment. There are a lot of different elements involved, and it can take a long time to reach the desired results. Depending on the severity of your dental or jaw misalignment, it can take up to two years for your treatment to be complete. And in most instances, the longer it takes, the more expensive your orthodontic treatment is likely to be.
One of the biggest misconceptions about Invisalign is that the benefits it offers automatically make it much more expensive than braces. The two are surprisingly comparable. The average price range of orthodontic braces is $2000 - $5000. The average price range of Invisalign is $3000 - $5000.
If you are paying out-of-pocket, ask your provider about what payment plans are available. These could help you spread the cost and make your treatment much more affordable.
Again, both orthodontic treatments provide comparable results in the majority of cases. However, it’s important to note that in around 10% of cases, where tooth or jaw movement is likely to be a complex process, fixed braces may be recommended over Invisalign. This is because, for complex cases, the results using Invisalign may be slightly less accurate than those achieved by wearing braces.
The main difference lies in the devices themselves, with many people preferring the convenience and comfort of Invisalign over conventional braces.
If you aren’t sure which treatment is right for you, visit Gorgeous Smile: Ahmed Salim, DDS in Arlington. Call (571) 380-7800 today.