Is it Worth it to Get Invisalign?
When you’re considering any dental procedure or device, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have a dental procedure is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of getting dental implants. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Clear Braces (Invisalign): the Procedure and Recovery.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential dental procedure with your own dentist.
The best thing about Invisalign is that it doesn’t have many risks. However, the risks that do exist should be carefully weighed against the benefits before deciding to proceed. The main risk is that Invisalign won’t work. Usually, if it doesn’t work, it’s because the patient isn’t wearing the aligners often enough; while they’re taken out for eating and brushing teeth, they need to be in at least 20 to 22 hours a day to be effective. There may be some people who wear them enough and still experience a failure of Invisalign to straighten their teeth. There are some types of problems that Invisalign can’t address; you should consult with an orthodontist to determine whether Invisalign could help you.
Additionally, there’s the risk that your treatment won’t last. If you don’t wear a retainer part-time after your Invisalign treatment, your teeth may partially slip back toward their old positions. You’ll need to be diligent about retainer use in order to maintain your Invisalign results.
Our society highly prizes having straight, even teeth. If your teeth are uneven, you may feel judged for this, and your self-esteem may take a hit. Additionally, uneven teeth may rub against your cheeks and gums, causing discomfort. Straightening your teeth can solve these problems. Traditional braces are one option for straightening teeth, but many people don’t like the look or the feel of metal brackets and wires glued to their teeth. If they’re going to be involved in any special occasion, such as a wedding, they may not want to be wearing braces in all the photos. It’s also very difficult to clean teeth effectively while wearing braces; it’s not uncommon for people to have several cavities when the braces are removed. Invisalign provides a more aesthetically-pleasing option, and can be easily removed for those special occasions. And because it’s taken out in order to brush teeth, there’s much less risk of tooth decay.
The cost of Invisalign is around $5,000, which is similar to traditional braces; it’s highly variable between people, depending on your particular situation and how hard it will be to straighten your teeth. In some cases, insurance may pay part of this cost. The cost also varies between dentists and in different regions, so check with the dentist you’re considering to find out the exact price. For more detail, please visit our Clear Braces (Invisalign) Cost page.