Unaligned, crooked or unevenly spaced teeth can be a huge drag on one’s appearance, but while these issues are visible to others, and aesthetically not at all pleasing to look at, they exact many other hidden costs on people suffering from them.
They take a huge toll on people’s self worth, morale and self confidence, causing even the most talented of individuals to fall back on the social and professional ladder.
Luckily, depending on the cost one can afford, there are choices and options available to treat the problem.
Let’s explore what those alternative solutions are.
Options for teeth repair
Whether you are addressing dental problems in adults or young children, one may chose either to go with Invisalign, or opt for the more ways. So what are the similarities and differences between the two?
They have been around for a long time, and are often the treatment of choice for most patients deciding to address the problem of misaligned or crooked teeth. In simple terms, they are metal brackets.
Trained specialists will periodically review the progress of the treatment, and make adjustments to the device to realign the “pull” of the braces to ensure teeth are directed (over time) into the alignment needed.
The days when they would be huge, almost monstrous looking, contraptions fitted in ones mouth are long over. Today, thanks to modern technology, you can get them that match the color of your enamel, making them almost invisible.
Alternately, you may choose to make a brazen fashion statement with coloured Braces.
It is a treatment based on comfortable yet invisible aligner trays, which are prepared from smooth BPA-free materials, and fitted on the teeth to gently coax the teeth into shape. Popular since about the year 2000, the principles are essentially the same as Braces, where the aligner trays force the teeth, over time, to conform to grow in the direction of the trays.
To work properly the trays must be personalised to each patient’s mouth, and should fit perfectly. Dentists will use X-rays and 3-D technology to create images of the mouth, and then produce the perfectly aligned trays from those models.
After your treatment, you may need to wear a retainer to help ensure your teeth maintain their position.
The following table provides a high-level comparison of the main characteristics of these two treatment options:
Which of these two options one chooses obviously depends on one’s personal preferences for the characteristics of each treatment.
For instance, if you are someone that’s involved in contact sports and other forms of high-impact activity, you may prefer to go with Invisalign. If you are socially active, wining and dining a lot, you may choose them.
What is the Damage
They are premium braces, and you’re paying to have a solution which is almost invisible, therefore one can expect Invisalign costs to compare to that of more expensive procedures such as dental implants.
In Australia, minor corrective action using them can be done at a low cost of around $4,500. The average cost however ranges between $6,000 and $9,000.
The cost of treatment involving upper and lower work range anywhere between $4,500 and $8,000.
Single arches may however cost significantly less.
Some treatments may be covered by dental insurance, and you may also be eligible for interest free financing as well.