Invisalign are teeth-aligning trays that cost a few hundred pounds more than traditional train-track braces. The cost is justified, according to its supporters, because of the numerous advantages it has over other teeth-straightening alternatives: it is less noticeable, not as awkward to wear and involves less pain for the user.
Nevertheless, are these positives enough to justify a significantly higher cost?
The Treatment Process
At the start of an Invisalign treatment, the dental practitioner assesses the patient’s teeth. He or she will take pictures, impressions and even 3D scans to build an accurate representation of the teeth and its movement. He or she will then discuss treatment periods and manage the patient’s expectations about the treatment. From then on, the provider will forward the specifications to the manufacturer who will create trays specifically to the patient’s needs. This exceedingly customised process is one of the reasons why the Invisalign treatment tends to be more expensive than traditional braces.
Invisalign expert Dr. Kumar at MiSmile says the alignment trays are near invisible. Made of transparent BPA-free plastic, they securely fit the teeth of the patients. Many agree that rarely anyone notices them, especially if no one mentions them. This makes them a great option for people in their 20s or 30s who want better teeth without the obvious braces.
Potentially more Hygienic
As these trays are removable, people find it easier to maintain good oral hygiene with Invisalign. The wearer can pop them off before mealtimes and wear them again after brushing. It is also possible to floss with Invisalign. The trays are washable too! A cheap hydrogen peroxide and water solution is great for periodic disinfection. Unlike braces, a new plastic aligner replaces the old one every two weeks.
Gentler than Braces
Without wires hanging protruding from the teeth, Invisalign are less likely to cause sores, wounds and pain. The plastic is gentler on the gums and cheeks. Although there will be discomfort from the pressure they apply on teeth, they usually go away after a few days or so.
Invisalign is a modern treatment method. While braces can be a cheaper option, the higher price does come with exclusive benefits. If you are not too keen about wearing braces, this near invisible alternative could be the path to the smile of your dreams.