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Woman wearing orthodontic silicone trainer. Invisible braces

Many people want the attractive smile that orthodontic braces can give to someone not blessed with perfectly straight teeth. Not only do braces help you get that great looking smile, but by eliminating the uneven tooth wear that crooked teeth create, braces help teeth last much longer. Unfortunately, as anyone who has ever had them can attest, wearing traditional braces do come with drawbacks. That’s why Provo-based Edge Orthodontics offers Invisalign, an effective and cost-comparative alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign is more discreet than traditional braces, and allows the wearer the convenience of removing them before eating or cleaning their teeth.

How does Invisalign work?

If you choose Invisalign over traditional braces, Provo Orthodontist Dr. Christiansen will make a mold of your teeth and then use a computer program to create a number of plastic aligners to slowly move your teeth to their ideal position. These clear, plastic aligners are worn over your teeth, almost like a mouth guard, and are completely removable. This means that you can remove the aligners before eating or brushing and flossing. Each aligner is worn for 20 hours a day with, a new aligner being used every two weeks to progressively move each tooth to its ideal position.

Benefits of Choosing Invisalign

Invisalign braces have several advantages over traditional wire-and-bracket braces. First, Invisalign braces are generally more comfortable for the wearer. Those who choose traditional braces may find the brackets irritate and even cut the inside of their mouths, especially when they first begin wearing them. Because Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic that hug the contours of your teeth, those that wear them will not experience this type of discomfort. If traditional braces break, the discomfort can be pronounced while you wait to get them fixed. It is rare that Invisalign aligners break, but even if they do, they can be simply removed. Additionally, getting hit in the mouth with a ball while wearing traditional braces can be very painful, as the brackets will likely cut your inner mouth. With Invisalign, while getting hit in the mouth will still be uncomfortable, your aligners will not add to that discomfort like traditional braces would.

Second, Invisalign braces can be removed for eating or teeth cleaning. This means that someone who chooses Invisalign does not have to alter his or her diet. Corn on the cob and whole apples are still on the menu! Those who wear traditional braces often have to use specialized techniques to maintain their oral hygiene regiment, using things like floss threaders or water picks. Invisalign wearers can simply remove their aligner, brush and floss normally, and put the aligner back on.

Third, Invisalign aligners are much more discreet than traditional braces. With Invisalign, you won’t have to feel self-conscious about your smile while wearing braces. In fact, most people won’t even know you have braces! This can be especially important to professionals and others who are worried about the effect that traditional braces might have on their image.

Cost of Invisalign

Like any medical procedure, the out-of-pocket cost of Invisalign will vary depending on several factors, including health insurance. However, Invisalign is often comparably priced to traditional braces, general ranging in total price from $3,000 to $8,000. Dr. Christiansen at Edge Orthodontics will work with you and your insurance to determine what the actual cost of Invisalign would be for you.

Invisalign: All the benefits of braces without the drawbacks

Everyone wants an attractive smile, and straight teeth that will last a lifetime. For a comparable price, Invisalign braces allow you to get the smile you have always wanted, without the discomfort and inconvenience of traditional braces.