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One of the most popular trends in dentistry today is that of ‘Invisalign’ or ‘Invisible Braces’. Invisalign is actually the brand name of a type of orthodontic aligners, however, they have become the de-facto substitute for the category itself owing to their popularity. They are by no means the only brand competing in this space.
The appeal of these so-called invisible braces is easy to understand. They promise to correct the alignment of your teeth, giving you a perfect smile without putting any unsightly braces on your teeth. It’s an absolute win-win.
There are some things though that you should know about these products before you do decide to go in for this treatment.
Is Invisalign Right For You?
A lot of advertising often insinuates that Invisalign works for everyone and all conditions. This is absolutely not true and in fact, there are certain conditions like severe overcrowding of teeth where many experienced orthodontists prefer traditional braces.
Make sure you get an opinion from a trusted dentist and find out how likely your condition is to be treated by aligners alone.
Invisalign and other aligner brands as well offer a computer generated model where the patients get an idea of how their teeth will look once treatment has been completed. This is a powerful tool that helps the patient visualize the end result of the treatment plan, however, it should be remembered that this image is just a representation of computer models and may not actually come to pass.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The difference in cost between normal orthodontic treatment and Invisalign is usually not too much, however, the Invisalign is almost always more expensive. In some countries where the cost of dental treatment is lower, in general, the difference between regular braces and Invisalign is pretty significant.
The exact cost of treatment will vary according to the treatment that is required, however, in the US, these aligners can cost anywhere between $3500 to $8000.
What Is The Process Involved In Getting Invisalign Treatment?
Here is the exact process that you will need to follow to get Invisalign treatment. First of all, talk to your dentist about the treatment and find out if the practice offers Invisalign or another brand of invisible braces.
This treatment is provided by most dentists, including general dentists, however, it is better to be under the care of an orthodontist since they are trained to deal with poorly aligned teeth specifically.
Your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth and make models which will be sent to the company making aligners for analysis. The initial set of aligners should be delivered to the patient within a few weeks while the next set of aligners can sometimes take a little longer.
During the course of the treatment, patients will be required to keep switching aligners and moving onto the next set after a pre-determined time period. This is usually about two weeks, however, may differ from patient to patient and even in between aligners.