While braces can be very helpful in improving the overall look of your teeth, many people think twice before getting them because they can look odd on a patient’s teeth and take time to get used to. With newer options like Invisalign, you can get some of the most important benefits of traditional braces without the metal brackets being attached to your teeth.
Initially, Invisalign turned out to be more expensive than regular braces, which led to many people turning away from this option. However, new developments and more competition in the field has led to the price of Invisalign aligners also growing more and more competitive. This means you can make the most of the treatment without worrying about a bigger hole in your pocket.
It is important to remember that Invisalign will not work for all orthodontic problems that a person can have, and sometimes there is no option other than getting braces. A more detailed look into Invisalign, the costs associated with it and its many benefits has been provided below.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost on Average?
Invisalign costs more than regular braces – which will set you back by anything between $2,500 and $6,000 – under regular circumstances. There are many factors that influence the cost of getting Invisalign aligners. The average cost of the Invisalign aligners ranges between $3,500 and $8,000, depending on the manufacturer of the Invisalign. This is the projected cost for the entire treatment but it will depend on the amount of time that you have to wear Invisalign aligners and the severity of the problem that you are facing.
The cost can be widely divided into two categories – cost of the aligner trays that will be placed in your mouth and the labor costs of your dentist or orthodontist. First, the cost of the aligner tray can vary from company to company. An initial consultation with good orthodontists can cost anything between $100 and $200. After the initial check up, you may need to get some x-rays and other tests that can cost between $25 and $250.
Once you are done with Invisalign aligners, you will be required to continue with some after care, for example nighttime retainers. The overall cost of this aftercare can go over $1,000, increasing the amount you are going to be paying for the treatment.
Benefits of Getting Invisalign
There are many reasons why patients prefer to opt for Invisalign instead of regular braces. Some of the most common of these are briefly mentioned below so that you can get a better idea of what to expect.
- No Visible Brackets – Unlike metal braces or ceramic braces, Invisalign is made of clear materials. This means it will not stick out on the surface of your teeth when you place it on your teeth. There will be no embarrassing metal brackets that can damage the quality of your smile.
- No Limitations on Food – When you have braces, you have to watch what you eat so that the brackets and wires do not get damaged. With Invisalign, you will be removing the aligners before you eat any food or drink anything other than water. This means no restrictions on what you can eat!
- Gentle on Teeth and Gums – Braces can be difficult to get used to. Many people face problems with scratches on their gums and the inner surfaces of their mouth because of the brackets and wires. With Invisalign, this isn’t something that you will need to worry about. Invisalign is gentle on the patient’s teeth, gums and inner lining of the mouth, making for a more comfortable treatment option.
Limitations of Invisalign
While Invisalign is a great alternative for braces in case of minor orthodontic treatments that require horizontal alignment of the teeth, there are some limitations to the use of these aligners. These are briefly discussed below.
- Not Suitable for More Complex Cases – Invisalign is effective when there are minor alignment issues to be fixed, but it cannot help in fixing severe malocclusions or a badly aligned bite. Braces work more effectively for moving molars with deep roots.
- Regular Interchanges Required – The aligners need to be exchanged every couple of weeks so that they can work more effectively to fix orthodontic issues.
After looking at the benefits and limitations of Invisalign, you would be able to notice that the suitability differs from case to case. There are no set rules that govern who will be able to benefit from this procedure and who won’t.
Even the cost of getting Invisalign differs from case to case. While rough estimates have been provided above, the most accurate amount can only be figured out once you visit your dentist or orthodontist and fix a plan!