Many people nowadays prefer Invisalign removable aligners over the conventional braces to get their teeth aligned. This is because the removable aligners are much more comfortable and less conspicuous than fixed braces. However, one of the most critical factors that need to be considered while selecting an orthodontic treatment option is the treatment cost.
This article explains everything you need to know about Invisalign treatment costs in the UK.
Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?
If you’re looking for a treatment option that does not affect your facial aesthetics and offers comfort and convenience, then Invisalign is often better than braces. However, Invisalign aligners can only be used to fix mild to moderate orthodontic problems.
For complex or complicated issues, dentists recommend using fixed braces as they offer better control over tooth movement.
Is Invisalign Cheaper Than Braces?
Whether you are using braces or Invisalign aligners, the cost of your treatment depends on various factors such as the complexity of the problem, patient compliance, and the availability of financing options. Invisalign braces generally cost the same or slightly more than the traditional braces. This is because Invisalign is a cosmetic orthodontic system that allows you to eat your favorite foods and maintain optimal oral hygiene without affecting your smile.
Some dental offices provide 0% finance or interest-free loans to facilitate payment. It is always a good idea to book a free consultation with your orthodontist and discuss all your queries before you start your aligner treatment.
Why Are Braces So Expensive in the UK?
Orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligners requires extensive training and investment by your dentist and is not simple as it seems. Before starting your treatment, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth, jaws and surrounding structures to identify the underlying problem.
Based on the findings, your orthodontist/dentist will then prepare a detailed treatment plan that is customized according to your dental needs – and one that offers the best aesthetic outcome. All this requires effort and time on the part of your Dentist.
Furthermore, orthodontic treatment sometimes requires additional procedures such as teeth cleanings, dental fillings, root canal treatment, and teeth extraction – that drive-up the braces cost. Not only this, but orthodontists also have provided specialized training to their staff in orthodontic procedures and advanced cross-infection control methods. Finally, the materials and equipment used in orthodontics are quite expensive.
All these factors can affect the total cost of your treatment. Your dentist or orthodontist will provide you with an overview of the estimated treatment cost after preparing a treatment plan.
Is Invisalign Really Invisible?
Invisalign aligners are made from a clear plastic material – which makes them virtually invisible. People will not notice that you’re wearing aligners unless they observe very closely. However, if you do not clean your aligners properly, they may get stained and affect your facial aesthetics.
But if you clean them properly, you can wear your aligners to any official meeting, social gathering, job interview, or date! – with confidence that no one can see that you’re wearing aligners.
Alternatives To Invisalign?
Nowadays, there are many orthodontic systems available in the market that can be used as an alternative to Invisalign. Apart from the time-tested conventional braces, some of the alternative treatment options in the UK include:
You can consult your orthodontist regarding an Invisalign alternative that best suits your need for teeth straightening.
Does Invisalign Work For Under 18’s?
Invisalign now offers Invisalign Teens – a clear aligner system that is customized for the teenagers. Keeping in view that school or college students are highly conscious of their smile and appearance, Invisalign allows teenagers to get their teeth straightened without affecting their daily life activities.
Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign aligners may cost you more in the short-term, but consider this is a long-term investment. Consider its positive impact on your smile, your ability to speak and eat without difficulty, and, most importantly, your self-confidence and personality!
Invest in your oral health today and enjoy its benefits throughout life!
This post has been written by Dr Ajay Murgai, he is a highly experienced General and Cosmetic Dental Surgeon. Dr Ajay runs clinics in Hertfordshire, South Oxfordshire and Harley Street, and carries out a full spectrum of treatments from Aesthetic Dentistry to routine examinations.