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Instead of traditional braces, many people are now opting for the metal-free option of Invisalign® retainers. These clear, removable aligners help straighten your teeth. Invisalign® retainers are considered a more attractive option is because they are not visible, and food consumption does not exclude things like popcorn or gum.

dentist holding Invisalign sample

What Is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is an alternative to braces. It is a set of clear retainers that correct the position of teeth. Each aligner is different for each phase, and they slowly cause your teeth to move and shift into place. This process takes about 9-15 months.

How It Works

The FDA approved Invisalign® as an alternative to braces. The treatment process is almost entirely invisible, as the retainers are clear, and no one will know you are wearing them. Many people have successfully used Invisalign which are just as effective as regular braces. The overall process begins with a consultation, where an orthodontist checks to ensure that Invisalign is right for your teeth. Next, the doctor will scan x-rays of your teeth and create a custom plan to suit your needs and teeth. Afterwards, you receive your first pair of aligners.

girl smiling with Invisalign in hand

The Benefits

Invisalign®, aside from being clear, has many benefits. For starters, the retainers are more comfortable than braces. When you first get braces, the experience can be very intense, causing soreness in the first few weeks of wearing them. Braces can also cause scratching and irritation as they rub up against the lip. On the other hand, Invisalign® retainers are very smooth, which means no rubbing against the gums of your mouth. Another attraction of Invisalign® is that they are removable. When eating you can simply remove them, allowing you to eat any food you want with no restrictions. Along with this, it is easier to maintain the cleanliness of your teeth.

The Cost

Invisalign®, just like braces, can be quite expensive. However, Invisalign® can be less expensive than braces, with the low end of the price range being about $3,000 to $5,000. Since multiple appointments are not required to tighten or fix broken brackets, the cost of office visits is reduced compared to maintaining traditional metal braces.

orthodontist showing client invisalign

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, Invisalign® is a good alternative for those who want to fix their teeth without others knowing about it; or for those who do not want to limit their choice of foods. They may be cheaper, and are easier to take care of, which can appeal to many. If you are looking to get Invisalign®, set up a consultation appointment with The Art of Dentistry today!