In this blog, our Parksville dental team talks to you about the factors you should consider when determining if the value of clear aligners is worth the cost.
Considering clear aligners?
There is a handful of brands available when choosing clear aligners but, all of them will come with a series of removable, custom-made clear aligners which you will have to wear on your teeth and switch out every 2 weeks or so. The clear aligners will gradually shift your teeth in tiny increments until they reach their prescribed positions.
The benefits of clear aligners
A feature that many of our patients enjoy about clear aligners treatment is that they can be removed to brush your teeth, eat and drink. This means there is no dietary restrictions!
Depending on the brand you select and the orthodontic problem being treated, clear aligners could help resolve a range of conditions including bite issues, crowding, and misalignment of teeth. This treatment option is a common choice made by both adults and teenagers because of their discreet appearance.
Your clear aligners also won’t require adjustments or tightening which could be uncomfortable. All you have to do is visit your dentist on a regular basis so they can check in on the progress of your treatment.
How much will clear aligners cost?
A few factors will determine the cost of your clear aligners:
- Your location and average prices for clear aligners
- Your oral health requirements and how much work you will need
- Any coverage you can get through an insurance plan
How long will treatment be with clear aligners?
Investing in improving your smile with clear aligners is a commitment to following your treatment process so you can enjoy a straighter smile in the future. Only your dentist can determine your specific needs and therefore the duration of your treatment. Factors that could impact your treatment time include:
- The number of aligners in your series
- The severity of your misalignment
- Your compliance with your custom treatment plan
Provided you follow the treatment plan exactly as prescribed, clear aligners can help improve your smile and straighten your teeth. If you know how many aligners are in your series, you can find out how long your treatment will take by doing some simple math.
Assuming you have 16 sets of aligners and switch them every 2 weeks, you’d use 2 sets of aligners per month. 16 divided by 2 is 8, meaning your treatment will take 8 months.
Most patients start seeing results after 4 to 6 weeks. We suggest taking photos of your smile every week, so you can see how much your teeth are moving in order to show you the value your clear aligners are making to your oral health and smile.