One of the preferred alternatives to traditional braces is Invisalign. Unlike braces, Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners to correct your teeth and make them straighter.
There are plenty of benefits using these aligners. For one thing, they are removable, which means it is easy to brush, floss, and keep your entire mouth clean and healthy during treatment. Additionally, it wins, hands down, in the aesthetics department, since it practically looks like you are not wearing anything on your teeth at all. Here are some facts you should know.
It is not cheap
Invisalign prices vary anywhere from £2,500 to £4,500, depending on your individual situation. However, some orthodontists offer a 0% financing option to make it easier for you to pay for your treatment. You might also want to check your dental insurance if it provides coverage for orthodontic treatments.
It is not pain-free
Any dental device that puts enough pressure on your teeth to move them will cause some discomfort, especially during the first few days of your treatment. Fortunately, Invisalign is far less painful than getting braces.
It is not lisp-free
Most patients agree that wearing the aligners will cause you difficulty in speaking. However, the lisp eventually goes away as you learn to practice talking with the aligners on. The more you speak during the first few days, the faster the lisp goes away.
It is not for everyone
Invisalign is an effective treatment for crooked teeth. However, for bigger problems, such as extreme overbite or twisted teeth, getting traditional braces might be faster and more efficient. Consult with your orthodontist first before you decide the best treatment option for you.
Despite all that, most patients say that getting Invisalign is worth the little trouble that the treatment brings. When you have a perfectly straight set of healthy white teeth, you can enjoy a greater sense of self-confidence and move through life without those crooked teeth.