Braces are more than just a beauty treatment, they are an investment in the future of your oral health!
If you needed braces as a child but were not able to receive the treatment, you’re in luck! You are never too old to get braces!. Braces improve not only your smile cosmetically, but can have major benefits to your dental bite!
If you are still struggling today with various orthodontic concerns that you had in the past, now is a great time to address them as clear braces or Invisalign may be an option for you.
Perhaps, you didn’t need braces when you were younger, but issues have recently arisen as you have grown older and you would like to know what could be done to fix them. No matter the reason, it’s never a good idea to let orthodontic issues go undiagnosed or ignored.
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Here are a few of the problems that can occur from issues like overcrowding of your teeth, over and under bites, crooked teeth and more.
Convinced? Good, because a few years of occasional discomfort and expense is worth the decades of superior oral and physical health that will result. For adults, there are a few options that will help you avoid the “brace face” look worn by middle schoolers the world over.
Invisalign® has become a household name and a much-welcomed alternative to wire and bracket braces. It’s especially popular with both older teens and adults who need orthodontic treatment but are concerned about the aesthetics of brackets and wires. Plus, not only is it much less visible, it offers much faster results.
The traditional braces that many of us grew up with can be a part of a patient’s life for up to 3 years or more to do the work needed. Invisalign®, however, can accurately align teeth in as little as 12 months.
And, while total treatment time will vary based on the needs of the patient, studies have shown that it will reduce the overall time period a patient needs to get the results
they require, all while being practically invisible.
Invisalign® is designed to handle mild to medium orthodontic issues including:
Invisalign® treatments utilize the custom manufacturing of clear, hard plastic aligner trays. Each tray is created to progressively move your teeth into the final desired positions.
A great advantage of this type of realignment system, besides the fact that it’s hardly visible, is that they can be removed for meals, snacks and to brush your teeth. This means you can go on eating the foods and snacks you like without having to worry about breaking anything.
It also means that every part of your teeth will receive equal attention during brushing and you’ll avoid brace marks when why are finally removed.
Finally, you’ll be able to leave them at home for special occasions, like date nights or a night out with the girls/guys.
Ceramic or “clear” braces are created from composite materials. The brackets are larger than metal brackets as well as weaker in strength. They also require rubber bands to hold them to the wire and, like metal braces, ceramic brackets are not removable until the entire treatment has finished.
Additionally, clear braces need a longer time to complete treatment. This is so your orthodontist can apply a slower, more gradual force at each adjustment to keep the bracket from cracking under pressure. Finally, clear braces tend to be more expensive than their metal counterparts.
This version is attached to the back of your teeth, completely hiding them from the world. This makes them especially appealing to patients who work in the public view a lot and may find other options less convenient.
An added benefit comes from the inability to lose them, unlike clear removable aligners that can be lost or accidentally thrown away. Because of the specialized manufacturing that goes into a custom set of brackets for inside braces, these also are more expensive than the traditional metal brackets and wires are.
Invisalign teeth straightening treatment has benefited more than two million patients across various age groups. Teens and adults who are hesitant about the idea of wearing obviously visible metal braces for a prolonged duration can benefit the most with aligners that are made of a virtually invisible plastic material. The treatment should be received from a certified Invisalign dentist.
In addition to aesthetic benefits, this treatment allows the patient to eat any kind of foods with freedom. The aligners are removable and the patient can eat the food of his or her choice, and clean the teeth thoroughly while keeping the aligners off. Dr. Chris Baer is an experienced cosmetic dentist providing Invisalign treatment to his patients in and around Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO.
Many patients who learn about the Invisalign invisible braces and their benefits may feel that the treatment may cost differently as compared to traditional metal braces. The aesthetic and comfort benefits of Invisalign aligners are well-known, and the treatment system is patented by a sole manufacturer. The treatment is provided only by a trained, experienced and approved Invisalign dentist.
All these factors may make a new patient assume that the treatment may be more expensive compared to the traditional metal braces treatment. However, the terrific and positive news is that the overall cost of Invisalign system of aligners is not really different, and is usually comparable to that of traditional metal braces treatment. Many new patients may be pleasantly surprised to learn about the competitive costs of Invisalign and may consider this treatment option to improve their smile.
The cost of Invisalign treatment may vary from one practice to another depending on the skills, experience and reputation of the cosmetic dentist performing the treatment. Geographical factors may also influence the overall cost of treatment. For instance, the cost of Invisalign treatment in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO may differ from the cost in Philadelphia.
The cost will also vary depending on the aesthetic needs of a particular patient and the complexity of his or her case. A difficult case may require a much longer treatment over an extended period of time. The number of pairs of aligners, the number of visits to the office of the dentist, and the overall duration of treatment may be higher in such a case. These factors will push up the cost of treatment in a complicated case.
In the United States, the average cost of Invisalign treatment may range between $3,500 and $8,000. According to the official cost estimates of the manufacturer, the national average cost in the U.S. is about $5,000. If the case is fairly simple, requiring up to five sets of aligners, the cost may be as low as $2,000 or even lesser. The cost of treatment is covered under several dental insurance plans, just the way the costs of other orthodontic treatments such as traditional braces are covered under various dental plans.