A smile is an expression of positive feelings and is often contagious. Yet, many people hide their smiles because they don’t like the appearance of their teeth. You want to enjoy your smile but need a solution that fits your comfort and lifestyle.
For patients who believe traditional braces are an eyesore, Invisalign is a popular alternative. The stealthy appearance has earned the curiosity of many patients. The appearance, timeline, comfort level, and results often make Invisalign worth it for those who want to straighten their teeth.
But, there are both pros and cons to Invisalign. Before you decide if Invisalign is worth it, take a closer look at what it’s all about.
Is It Worth It?
Invisalign, like any treatment, can be worth it—but it depends on what you’re comparing:
- Is Invisalign really invisible?
- Is Invisalign worth the cost?
- Is it worth the length of treatment?
- Is it worth the discomfort?
- Does Invisalign really work?
Invisalign aligners are discreet, whereas traditional braces are always visible when you smile. Of course, your close friends and family might see traces of your aligners after a closer look. Still, most casual observers will only see your smile. Additionally, the transparent aligners are barely noticeable in photos.
Of course, maintaining your aligners’ clear appearance means keeping them clean! Just like food can stain your teeth, you can also stain your aligners. Brush after every meal to prevent food from reaching your aligners, and remember not to eat with your aligners in. You can also try soaking your aligners for a more thorough cleaning.
Invisalign is worth trying over braces when you want to focus on your dental improvement without feeling self-conscious about traditional metal braces.
Cost & Coverage
The costs of Invisalign and traditional braces are similar, but vary depending on your treatment plan. The average price of traditional braces can range from $5,000 to $8,000, whereas Invisalign averages from $6,000 to $7,000.
Your insurance coverage is another cost consideration. For example, say your dentist estimates a total cost of $6,000, your insurance covers $1,800, and the remaining balance is $4,200. Then, the balance can be broken up over months of treatment, such as $200 per month for 24 months.
The length of treatment is dependent on the type of problem being corrected and patient compliance. How long it takes can be worth it if improving your smile and dental health is important to you.
The average treatment length for traditional braces is 2 years, whereas Invisalign averages 6–24 months.
Your comfort level with dental work depends on your individual tolerance. Some people find tickling unbearable, while others laugh it off. Adjusting to a new set of aligners can be initially uncomfortable, as the new positing can cause pressure. However, most patients adapt within 2–3 days.
Invisalign is often considered more comfortable because of the smoother fit. The custom-made aligners are flush against your teeth. Comparatively, the metal brackets of traditional braces can cause gum irritation or cuts inside the mouth or lips.
Invisalign can effectively straighten teeth when used correctly. Patient compliance is one of the most significant factors in treatment success. It is important to maintain your aligners and wear them for the recommended 20–22 hours, or as recommended by your dentist.
Invisalign and traditional braces can achieve similar results for minor to moderate dental problems. However, traditional braces may be recommended for more complex dental issues. Your dentist can offer a professional recommendation after assessing your dental health and smile goals at a consultation.
Who Can Benefit from Invisalign?
Invisalign was the first clear aligner on the market, introduced originally in 1998.
The removable aligners are custom-fitted and made from a thin, flexible thermoplastic material. The design and material optimize the seamless appearance, allowing the aligner to be nearly invisible when worn.
Invisalign, like braces, is an orthodontics treatment to correct alignment issues. According to Invisalign, treatable cases include:
Invisalign can also benefit patients looking for generally straighter teeth.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Similar to traditional braces, Invisalign aligners use pressure to gradually push teeth into a straighter (or healthier) position. Instead of tightening a wire through metal brackets, Invisalign tightens the fit using multiple aligner sets. Patients can receive their new aligners every 1–2 weeks, with each set moving teeth closer to the desired position.
How long it takes to complete treatment can depend on multiple factors, including the complexity of the problem. Some patients needing minor adjustments can complete treatment in 6 months. Patients expecting a longer timeline can often start seeing positive results within weeks.
Visit for an Invisalign Consultation
Now you’ve read a general overview of what makes Invisalign worth it for many patients. Still, you may want more information personalized for your dental care. Finding out if Invisalign works for you starts with a consultation, where we can discuss your needs and goals.