Cleveland Orthodontics in Middlesbrough

Over 5 million patients have had Invisalign and as more more people look to have invisible braces and to straighten their teeth, questions arise about having cheaper alternatives which might be able to get the same results, in a shorter period of time at a lower cost. Let’s look at the cost of Invisalign and what some of those affordable teeth braces alternatives might be.

Invisalign prices

Invisalign costs vary significantly around the country. Treatment for all of the top teeth and bottom teeth typically costs around £4500. Many practices offer finance or staged payments, usually take monthly. This can typically be just over £200 for 15 payments with the 1st payment of £1300.

But, are there cheaper alternatives? Read on to find out

Is Invisalign worth it

This is a common question we are often asked and the answer always varies. It really depends on what you want from the treatment. If you want to have teeth straightened with no one else knowing then there are other alternatives (listed further down in this blog post). However, if you want teeth braces with clear aligners then yes, Invisalign is worth it.

It’s also worth pointing out that there are often some restrictions with the type of treatment that Invisalign can undertake. A specialist orthodontist might prefer to use an alternative which is able to move your teeth in a more predictable way or to resolve more complex crooked tooth problems.

Does Invisalign hurt

As with all orthodontic treatment is necessary to put a small amount of pressure on to your teeth in order to move them. Invisalign is no different.

This pressure is usually just described as uncomfortable rather than painful.

One of the disadvantages with Invisalign is that the tendency might be to remove your aligners if it gets to uncomfortable. The reality of this is that treatment times are extended because you need to wear your aligners for the recommended period of time each day, usually 22 hours. Always remember to brush your teeth before putting your plastic aligners backing, this is the best way to maintain your oral health.

Whilst it can seem frustrating that fixed braces might be uncomfortable and you can’t remove them, the discomfort tends to go quicker as you’re not tempted to take braces out, like you are with removable orthodontics such as Invisalign.

What does Invisalign look like

Invisalign is made from a clear plastic which is almost imperceptible whilst being worn. This makes braces which are imperceptible an excellent option for anyone that has a public job or wants no-one to know they are having orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign Care

Can you drink with Invisalign

Yes, however the only drink you should have whilst wearing Invisalign is water. If you have anything else to drink, especially any drinks containing sugar then this can be held against your teeth by the aligner. This can then cause dental decay.

Our advice is to always remove your aligner whilst eating or drinking. If this is done to often this can however increase treatment times.

How to get affordable teeth braces – cheaper alternatives

Invisalign can be an excellent option for many people as it provides good treatment outcomes with braces that are virtually imperceptible, it does however come at a higher cost than other alternatives. Let’s look at those alternatives.

Metal braces

Many people dislike the idea of having metal braces however they come with a few distinct advantages:

  1. Lower cost – Typically top and bottom teeth can be treated for £2365, that’s half the cost of Invisalign!
  2. More precision for the orthodontist – Because the braces are bonded to your teeth your specialist orthodontist will be able to have more control over tooth movement.
  3. Stand out from the crowd – If you really want to, you can have different coloured metal braces, from yellow to orange, green, pink and purple. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but these options are available.
  4. Faster treatments – Because the braces are permanently fitted you are unable to take out which means treatment times can be reduced.

Not everyone likes the idea of having metal braces on the front of their teeth, there is however another option…

White or Damon braces

These give all of the advantages of the metal braces (rapid treatment, precision and lower costs) but are far more imperceptible.

White brackets can be used instead of the classic metal brackets, these blend in with your teeth better. Damon braces use a clear brackets with out the traditional orthodontic bands which hold the wire onto the brackets. This makes Damon braces far more unobtrusive and conventional metal brackets.

Damon braces
Clear brackets with no bands, using Damon braces.

Price comparison of different orthodontic braces

  • Metal braces, total cost for upper and lower £2365.
  • White braces on upper front teeth, remainder of teeth metal braces. Total cost for upper and lower £2770.
  • White braces on all teeth or Damon braces. Total cost for upper and lower £3780.
  • Invisalign. Total cost for upper and lower £4580.

As you can see, there are a range of different options available, depending on your individual circumstances, which are cheaper and more affordable than Invisalign. Click here to book a free consultation and get started on your journey , or call us on 01642 24380.

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