The Cost of Invisalign Compared to Traditional Braces

Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces, but is it worth the investment? Invisalign cost an average of $5000 per set, and offer a host of benefits that some patients may find perfect for their situation. Educate yourself on some of the advantages of Invisalign so you can make an informed choice.

Fewer Orthodontic Visits

For patients without dental insurance coverage, a visit to the orthodontist's office can be expensive. Traditional braces require you to get the wires tightened every six weeks or so, depending on the extent of your condition. With Invisalign, you'll receive several months worth of new aligners that you can replace at home every two weeks.

No Repairs Required

With traditional braces, sometimes a bracket or wire may become loose. Repairs should never be necessary with Invisalign — a lost, broken or otherwise damaged appliance can be easily replaced with the next one in your series.

Easier Teeth Cleaning

Keeping your teeth clean while wearing traditional metal braces is difficult. Your orthodontist may show you a more detailed method of brushing with braces to remove food and plaque from around the brackets and at the gum line, so gum disease and tooth decay don't occur. You'll also have to learn how to floss around the wiring, and at the end of the treatment process you may need a professional cleaning to restore the full whiteness of your smile.

Clear Invisalign braces allow you to simply remove the appliance, clean your teeth as normal and then replace it before you start the day or go to bed. Products such as Colgate Total® Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash will ensure that your mouth is clean and fresh every day, allowing you to maintain good oral hygiene.

Benefits Without the Inconvenience

Along with fewer visits, no repairs and an easier cleaning method, Invisalign also:

  • allows you to remove the aligner at any time.
  • makes it easier to eat the foods you love.
  • uses materials that are practically invisible, which can help wearers feel more confident.
  • offers a more comfortable experience without the need for regular wire tightening.
  • doesn't affect the teeth or cheeks like traditional braces can.

With both visible and "invisible" advantages, the Invisalign cost might be higher but it could be a better investment overall. Check with your orthodontist to see if your needs are a good fit for this increasingly appealing option.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Top Oral Care Tips Related to ADULT ORTHODONTICS

  • Flossing – creating a flossing routine is important during orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists and hygienists may recommend interdental brushes or floss threaders to make getting in between teeth easier.

  • Brushing routine – using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush are ideal for cleaning teeth with braces. Begin brushing at a 45-degree angle at the gum line using small circular motions. Then place the toothbrush on top of the brackets, angling down to brush on top of each bracket. Finally, reposition the brush to brush the bottom of the bracket as well as the wire, angling the toothbrush up.

  • Fluoride mouthwash – after brushing and flossing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash to help prevent cavities and white spots.

  • Mouthguards – wear a mouthguard if you play sports. Mouthguards can protect your cheeks and lips from serious cuts and can prevent damage to your braces or orthodontic appliance if you fall down or are hit in the face.