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by Jeremiah Barnett

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, there are a variety of options available. If you do not want traditional metal braces, there are other less obvious options available. One of these options is Invisalign. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to gradually place your teeth in a more favorable position. This treatment is far less obvious than metal braces and allows you to continue to eat the foods you enjoy since the aligners are removable. If this treatment seems right for your needs, here are three things that you should keep in mind.

The Cost

When it comes to any orthodontic treatment, the cost of course will be a key consideration. Costs can vary depending on your situation and how long treatment is needed. On average, your treatment will cost between $3,300 and $6,200 in total. Some dental insurance may cover some of these costs. With this type of treatment, losing aligner trays does happen on occasion. Replacement trays tend to cost between $100 and $200 each. In some cases, your first replacement aligner set may be free, but after that, you will be charged a fee.

Treatment Time

When it comes to braces, your results and how long treatment will take will vary depending on your situation and how well you follow your orthodontist's instructions. Typically, Invisalign treatment takes between 10 and 24 months. The more crooked or misaligned your teeth are, the longer treatment will take. While these clear plastic aligners are a great option for many, it's important to note that they can't be used for every case. Severe bite issues may require a different type of treatment. Depending on your teeth, traditional metal braces or a different type of orthodontic treatment may offer better results.

Time Commitment

Invisalign dental treatment offers a lot of advantages over traditional orthodontic treatments. While being able to remove the clear aligners is very convenient, it's important to note that this type of treatment still requires a time commitment. Your aligners will need to be worn for between 20 and 22 hours a day and can be uncomfortable at first. A new set of aligners will be provided every 1 to 2 weeks. It's important to make sure that you will be able to follow your treatment plan and that you will be able to wear your aligner as much as needed each day.

If you are considering Invisalign treatment, there are a few things to consider. Treatment can cost a few thousand dollars so it's important to make sure that it fits within your budget. Treatment time varies but typically lasts between 10 and 24 months. The plastic aligners have to be worn for most of the day, it's important to make sure that you can commit the time needed for your treatment.