If you're thinking about straightening your teeth with clear aligners, you might be wondering if you'll get the value you deserve and if the cost is reasonable. Today, our Sault Ste. Marie dentists explain what factors you should consider when deciding on aligners.
What are clear aligners?
There are several brands of clear aligners available, and they all consist of a series of clear, custom-made aligners that you wear on your teeth and replace every two weeks. Each set of clear aligners is removable and custom-made to gradually adjust your teeth in tiny increments.
What are the benefits of clear aligners?
One advantage of clear aligners is that you can remove them to brush your teeth, eat and drink.
Clear aligners, depending on the brand you choose and your orthodontic issues, can resolve a variety of issues such as bite issues, crowding, and tooth misalignment. Because of its discreet appearance, this treatment option is popular with both adults and teenagers. Furthermore, the fact that there are no dietary restrictions is a plus for busy teens and adults.
Your clear aligners also won’t need adjustments or tightening as braces do, which can sometimes be uncomfortable. You’ll just need to check in with your dentist regularly on your progress.
How much do clear aligners cost?
A few factors will determine the cost of your clear aligners:
- Your location and average prices for clear aligners
- Your oral health requirements and how much work you will need
- Any coverage you can get through an insurance plan
Depending on your circumstances and the brand of clear aligners you choose, you will likely end up paying around the same amount as you would for braces - perhaps slightly more.
How long will my treatment last?
Investing in clear aligners to improve your smile is a commitment to sticking with your treatment plan so you can enjoy a straighter smile in the future. Only your dentist can assess your specific needs and, as a result, the length of your treatment. The following factors may have an impact on the length of your treatment:
- The number of aligners in your series
- The severity of your misalignment
- Your compliance with your custom treatment plan
Provided you follow the treatment plan exactly as prescribed, clear aligners can help improve your smile and straighten your teeth. If you know how many aligners are in your series, you can find out how long your treatment will take by doing some simple math.
Assuming you have 16 sets of aligners and switch them every 2 weeks, you’d use 2 sets of aligners per month. 16 divided by 2 is 8, meaning your treatment will take 8 months.
Most patients begin to see results after four to six weeks. You should take a picture of your smile every week so you can see how much your teeth are moving and how much value your clear aligners are bringing to your smile - and your oral health.