Is Invisalign The Right Choice? 3 Things To Know

Posted on: 7 December 2020

If you are looking into orthodontic treatment, there are numerous options to choose from when it comes to braces. While metal braces are still very popular, Invisalign has been gaining ground. Invisalign makes use of clear plastic aligners to shift your teeth over time. During this treatment, you'll go through multiple aligners before the desired results are achieved. While Invisalign is convenient and the aligners are virtually invisible, there are a few things that you should consider when deciding whether it's the right treatment for you.

You Need To Wear The Aligners As Much As Possible

Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you may want to take them out often. However, you should only remove your aligners to eat and drink and to practice oral hygiene. Your Invisalign treatment will only be effective if you wear your aligners for most of the day. You should have your aligners on for at least 20 hours or more per day. When deciding whether or not to go with Invisalign, you should consider whether you will be able to wear your aligners for this amount of time each day.

It's More Affordable Than You May Expect

When it comes to Invisalign, many avoid this treatment due to a perceived high price. The good news is that Invisalign is comparable in price to metal braces. Your Invisalign treatment will set you back between $3,000 and $7,000. In comparison, metal braces cost, on average, $2,000 to $6,000. Many orthodontists offer payment plans if you are unable to pay the full cost upfront. If you are thinking about Invisalign, you will want to weigh the costs and benefits of this treatment with other options. 

How Long Treatment Will Take

If you are deciding whether or not Invisalign will work for you, it's important to discuss treatment time with your orthodontist. How long your treatment will last depends on your orthodontic needs and how well you follow your treatment guidelines. On average, you can expect treatment to take less than two years total. For some, treatment may only take six months. If you are an adult, treatment may take longer than it would for an adolescent.

Invisalign is an excellent option for many, but is it right for you? There are a few things to keep in mind. For your treatment to be effective, you will need to wear your aligners for most of the day. The costs will vary, but Invisalign tends to be comparable, if not a little more expensive, than metal braces. Finally, you should discuss how long treatment will take with your orthodontist. 

For additional information on Invisalign treatment, contact a local orthodontist.