You may be wondering if clear aligners give you value as a treatment and whether their cost is worth it. Here, we explain what to take into account when considering treatment with clear aligners.
What are clear aligners?
There are a few clear aligner brands out there. They all offer clear, custom-made aligners that alter your smile as you wear them and change them our every 2 weeks. Each set of these aligners gradually adjust your teeth.
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.
Depending on the brand you choose and your smile's condition, clear aligners can resolve a number of issues like crowding, bite problems and tooth misalignment. This treatment option is popular with adults and teenagers because of it;s discreet appearance. Plus, they don't come with any dietary restrictions.
Your clear aligners also won't require adjusting like braces. You will just need to regularly check in with your dentist throughout the process.
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 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 select, you can end up paying the same amount as you would for braces.
How long will my treatment last?
Investing in proving your smile using clear aligners is a commitment to following the treatment process to enjoy a straighter smile in the future. A dentist will be able to determine your smile's needs and therefor the length of the treatment. Some factors that could influence this include:
- The number of aligners in your series
- The severity of your misalignment
- Your compliance with the treatment plan
As long as you follow the treatment as prescribed, clear aligners can help improve your smile and straighten your teeth.
If you know how many aligners are part of your treatment and how long you wear each set for, some simple math can tell you the length of your treatment.
Many patients start to see changes at the 4-6 week mark. You can even take a photo of your smile every week to get an idea of how much the treatment is changing your smile.
Are you considering treatment with clear aligners?
A dentist will be able to answer any of your questions and create your treatment plan.