Crooked or misaligned teeth along with abnormal bites can have an impact on more than just your appearance. They can have an impact on your ability to eat and speak and without treatment may increase your risk of dental decay as well as headaches and earaches. The good news is that orthodontic treatments to address these issues are available at almost any age. Braces are typically used to align the teeth and fix bite problems. However, if you do not like the look of traditional metal braces, other options are available. Invisalign is virtually unnoticeable and is a great way to straighten your teeth. Here's what you need to know.
How It Works
The first thing that you should know about Invisalign is how it works. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign does not use metal wires and brackets; instead, your teeth are gradually shifted into the desired location through the use of clear plastic aligner trays. In order for your teeth to shift, each set of aligners will be worn for 1 to 2 weeks for between 20 and 22 hours each day. One of the benefits of Invisalign is that they can be removed for eating, drinking, and brushing and flossing your teeth.
How Much It Costs
Another thing to consider if you think that Invisalign may be right for you is how much it costs. The total cost will vary depending on the extent of your treatment, treatment time, and whether or not your dental insurance policy covers orthodontic treatments. The average cost of Invisalign ranges between $3,300 and $6,200. Insurance contributions can range anywhere from $0 to $2,500 depending on the plan. Many orthodontists offer payment plans for Invisalign treatment.
How Long Treatment Will Take
If you are considering Invisalign, how long your treatment will take will vary. Invisalign can treat a wide range of orthodontic issues ranging from crowded or crooked teeth to bite issues such as overbite, underbite, and open bite. However, the more complex your case is, the longer treatment will take. In some cases, Invisalign may not be the right option for your needs. On average, treatment takes between 10 and 24 months. Discussing the length of your treatment with your orthodontist is key. Getting the results you want can mean a big-time commitment.
If you are looking into Invisalign, there are a few things to know. First, knowing how it works is key for determining whether or not it's the right orthodontic treatment for you. Costs vary, but you can expect to pay a few thousand dollars for your treatment. How long you need to wear your aligners before you see results will also vary, but most treatments last between 10 and 24 months.