What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign system consists of a series of clear aligners that you would typically change every 2 weeks. Each set of removable, custom-made clear aligners will gradually adjust your teeth.
One of the advantages offered through Invisalign is that you can remove your clear aligners to drink, eat and brush your teeth. The clear aligners can help to resolve a variety of orthodontic issues like bite issues, misalignment and crowding. Adults and teenagers may also enjoy this treatment option for its discreet appearance or that it can adapt to their lifestyles.
Who is an ideal candidate for clear aligners?
In recent years, many more adults have been seeking orthodontic treatment in an effort to achieve straighter teeth and a healthier smile. The appearance and efficiency of clear aligners may be one reason for the increase.
As for how is an ideal candidate for clear aligners, nearly any adult with issues affecting the alignment of their teeth can ask their dentist about this treatment option. Their dentist will be able to examine your smile and determine whether or not clear aligners would help to resolve the issue.
A few specific problems clear aligners can help with include overbite, crossbite, open bite, spaces and gaps between the teeth and crowding.
Factors Affecting Invisalign Costs
Here are the financial factors that contribute to the total amount you might pay for Invisalign:
- The dentist’s time for their work
- Any coverage your insurance plan can provide
- Your oral health needs and how much work needs to be completed
- Your location and average prices for this type of orthodontic treatment in your city
The average cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to the average cost for orthodontic treatment with braces. The only way you will be able to determine what an estimate for your customized treatment plan would be is to ask your dentist about your individual case.
Along with your oral health and the extent of the work required, your specific jaw shape and misalignment issues will help dictate your treatment plan, how many aligners you’ll need and the duration of the process, and therefore the cost of your treatment.
Paying for Invisalign
If the cost of your orthodontic treatment is high in your list of considerations when deciding on a treatment option, you may want to ask your dentist about any payment options that they offer. After your initial consultation, you’ll have an estimate of the total cost and can decide whether you’d like to move ahead.
Similar to regular braces, most dental insurance plans cover Invisalign but check with your insurance company first to find out the extent of the coverage you’ll have.
If you are considering treating your dental health issues with an orthodontic option like Invisalign, financial considerations will likely also help you to make your decision. Fortunately, depending on your oral health requirements, Invisalign may make sense for you.