How much will Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign are higher that traditional braces because of the additional technology with the aligners being replaced every 2 weeks. Invisalign costs are approximately $6000-$10,000+ for a full set, with a complete cost-breakdown being provided by your Orthodontist on a per-case basis – some patients may need minor or major alignments depending on the amount of corrections to be made, and this will impact on the cost. Some minor alignments may start from $4500 for a set, where as major alignment may cost more than $9000.
All Invisalign costs will be determined by your Orthodontist on your initial consultation, please ensure that you are fully aware of all associated costs by your Orthodontist before agreeing to the Invisalign plan. Some private health funds will cover some or all of the costs of braces and Invisalign treatments, by contacting your health fund provider you should determine what your out-of-pocket costs are. These will be different for each health fund and plan and should be fully understood before undertaking the Invisalign plan. Many Orthodontists will offer a payment plan over the entire course of the treatment, which you will need to discuss with each individual Orthodontist to determine what this will be. Costs for Invisalign can vary between practitioners, varying prices and quotes should be obtained to find the best price for your Invisalign treatment plan. Some Orthodontists are able to offer interest-free payments plans that can extend beyond the time of the Invisalign treatment, making the costs cheaper per month without increasing the overall costs to you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisible Braces, marketed as the brand Invisalign, is a relatively new teeth-alignment technology that is predominantly targeted at adults who want to perform corrective techniques to their teeth from overcrowding, widely spaced teeth, cross bites and over or under bites. Patients are usually looking for an alternative method to traditional braces due to the highly visible nature of regular braces, along with the problems of discomfort, difficulty eating and cleaning, and self-consciousness of metal braces. Many patients are trying to avoid the common perception of the teenage braces look, and there is also an Invisalign technology targeted for teens that is a slightly different wear that adult Invisalign.
The “Invisalign” name is the trademark for the technology used to achieve “invisible braces”. The technique involves the patient wearing invisible clear plastic aligners, made from medical-grade thermoplastic material that was specifically created for Invisalign use. Each set of aligners is worn over a two-week period to align the teeth by a slight tension movement, created by the aligners. Each set is then swapped for a tighter set of aligners after the two-week period, meaning that the teeth are aligned and shifted bit-by-bit. Usually aligners are worn in a total of 12-15 months to achieve the desired results, some more (for minor alignments) and some longer (for a number of corrections).
Teen Invisalign – Clear braces for everyone!
Teen Invisalign is similar to the adult Invisalign technology, with a few slight adjustments to fit into the lifestyle needs of a teenager. Blue indicators are installed at the back of the aligners (molar area) to assist in determining the wear time of the aligner. Special features have been added to allow for changes to the teeth, particularly the canine or molar teeth. Replacement aligners are automatically provided in the event that some are lost or misplaced. Teen Invisalign is ideal for younger teenagers or teens who do not yet have their full set of teeth, some teens may be able to wear the adult Invisalign as determined by your Orthodontist.
What makes Invisalign so popular?
One of the key factors that have attributed to the overwhelming popularity of Invisalign is not only the invisible technology, but also the flexibility that the wearer can have while prescribing to the Invisalign plan. The aligners can be removed for cleaning, eating and special occasions as required by the wearer. This also means that there is less of a chance of an overwhelming teeth-cleaning regime not be followed, as wearers can basically continue their usual cleaning routine with some minor adjustments (such as additional cleaning after each meal and before each time the aligners are replaced on to the teeth). The aligners are much more comfortable than traditional braces as they are custom-made from each person’s own teeth impressions that are taken by your Orthodontist. The technology is quite effective, and teeth start to move from the moment the aligners are placed on to the teeth. Being clear, the aligners are virtually invisible and therefore the wearer does not suffer from the same self-consciousness that can come with traditional metal braces.