If you’re not happy with the way your smile looks in photos, it might be time to do something about it. If you’ve noticed that your teeth have shifted, especially if you’ve had braces in the past, then they might continue to shift in the future. As we age, it’s very common for our lower front teeth to become more and more crooked and crowded. The more crowded your teeth are, the longer and more expensive it becomes to straighten them later.
You have options!
- Braces – Metal braces and wires are the traditional way of straightening your smile. Treatment varies depending on the severity of your case, but adults can expect to spend between 8 and 18 months and $5,000 to $7,000. Metal braces have been used for decades because they just…work! Some patients, especially adults, find them to be annoying to keep clean because food gets trapped around the bracket and wire. Many adults feel self conscious about showing a smile full of metal while they are in treatment.
- Invisalign – Invisalign is the nearly invisible, clear aligner alternative to traditional metal braces. There are no metal braces or wires glued to your teeth. Instead, we use a series of removable, clear plastic aligners that gently nudge your teeth into the proper position. While you are wearing them, they are nearly invisible. And since they are removable, you can take them out to clean them (and your teeth!). The cost and time involved is very comparable to regular braces, and is actually sometimes FASTER and LESS EXPENSIVE than regular braces because our main treatment goal is simpler: To make your smile look better.
Most of our Invisalign patients end up paying less than $500 per month.
The Bottom Line:
Most adults these days choose Invisalign over regular metal braces. They are usually faster, less expensive, more comfortable, easier to maintain, and most importantly they are virtually invisible while you wear them! There is one catch though… not all situations are appropriate for Invisalign. The technology continues to get better and better, but still there are certain situations where regular braces will work better. The only way to find out is to ask your dentist! You’ve got nothing to lose!
Our practice offers Complimentary 3D Smile Simulations where you can preview your own virtual before and after photos. Call us today!