In the past, Invisalign may have seemed inaccessible or too new for most orthodontists to be able to offer them. Today, Invisalign braces are much more popular and much more accessible. However, many still don’t know exactly what goes into wearing these clear braces and don’t ask their orthodontists and dentists everything they should know. Read on for some questions you should ask your dentist and orthodontist about Invisalign before making a final decision.
1. How Much Commitment Will It Require?
Just because Invisalign braces are braces doesn’t mean that they are applied in the same way that traditional braces would be. You won’t have to go in for the same tightening appointments that you would with traditional braces, but you will have to be more personally responsible for your braces than you would with metal braces. Your Invisalign aligners can be removed and must be when you brush your teeth, eat, or drink anything other than water. However, they need to be worn for at least 22 hours each day. You will also be responsible for cleaning your Invisalign braces. While these factors don’t take away from the benefits Invisalign braces offer, it is good to be aware of them.
2. How Much Will They Cost?
Typically, Invisalign braces will cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000. How much may be covered by your insurance depends on the individual plan you have. Also, you may not have to pay for your Invisalign braces outright. You may instead be able to pay them off over time. This depends on the type of financing that your dentist or orthodontist offers. Even if they don’t have plans available, there may be other financing options that you can look into.
3. How Will They Alter My Lifestyle?
Invisalign braces don’t require a huge amount of change, but there are certain foods and beverages you may want to avoid because Invisalign braces can be prone to staining. Ask your dentist about what to avoid as you prepare for your new braces. The more you know ahead of time, the easier it will be for you to make the necessary lifestyle changes.
Are you interested in getting the smile you’ve always dreamed of? Contact the friendly team at Today’s Orthodontics to schedule an appointment and see if you are a good fit for Invisalign.