When it comes to orthodontic appliances, you have more options than you may realize. While traditional metal braces are still popular, Invisalign has recently gained a lot of ground. Invisalign braces are clear plastic aligners that are switched out as your treatment progresses. Many prefer Invisalign because it's nearly undetectable and makes it easier to keep your teeth clean because the aligners are removable. If you think Invisalign might be the right option for you, here are a few things that you should know.
There May Be Discomfort
The first thing to know is that Invisalign can be uncomfortable and you may notice that your teeth feel loose at times. This discomfort can last for your treatment duration or may not be noticeable after a few weeks. It all depends on the person. Many also experience discomfort when they get new aligners, which will typically be every few weeks during your treatment. Two weeks in between aligners is the most common.
You Need To Wear Your Aligners A Lot
There are plenty of reasons why Invisalign may be your preferred option for your orthodontic treatment. For many, being able to remove the aligners is one of the main draws to this treatment. However, before you go with this treatment option, you need to know that you will need to wear your aligners a lot. Invisalign aligners must be on for at least 22 hours each day to be effective. You can remove your aligners to eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth. Not wearing your aligners frequently enough will slow down your treatment.
They May Work With Your Budget
Many people avoid Invisalign because they believe that it won't fit within their budget. However, Invisalign is usually only slightly more expensive than traditional metal braces. On average, Invisalign will cost between $3,500 and $8,000. If you are thinking about Invisalign, your orthodontist can give you an estimate of how much your treatment will cost. Many orthodontists also offer payment plans that make it easier to afford your treatment. The total treatment time also tends to be comparable to other types of braces.
If you are looking into braces and think that Invisalign may be the right option for you, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you may experience some discomfort with Invisalign, especially when you get new aligner trays. You also need to wear your liners for up to or more than 22 hours per day. Invisalign is a commitment. Another thing to consider is that while Invisalign is slightly more expensive then traditional braces, it may still fit into your budget.