Invisible Braces A Growing Trend in Adult Orthodontics
The proper alignment of our teeth does more than just give us a winning smile. It can help us more effectively chew our food (aiding digestion) and to avoid unnecessary strain on jaw muscles that can accompany an underbite or overbite. However, perfectly straight teeth are a rare occurrence, and while many people are within the margin of deviation, a great many people need some form of correction.
The most common time for an orthodontic correction is in adolescence, after all the baby teeth have been completely replaced by the permanent set. As the adult teeth come in, orthodontists are able to tell where corrections might be necessary, especially with regular screenings. However, some misalignments may take longer to become apparent, manifesting themselves years down the line, and placing many adults in the awkward position of needing braces.
Thanks to traditional braces alternatives like Invisalign, over one million adults are currently having their bite and alignment corrected, without the traditional look of metal braces. Trays can be easily removed during meals and brushing, and just as easily replaced afterwards. Friends, colleagues, and clients would never know a person has braces, due to the construction, placement, and materials used. And the popularity of the procedure is a great way to maintain an invisible braces price comparable to traditional procedures.
The average cost for braces (traditionally) has been around $5,000, with invisible braces prices falling within that range as well. Depending on the severity of the deviation, or of the overbite or underbite treatment, that cost could even be as low as $2,000. And given the proven correlation between oral health and overall health, many insurance plans cover a percentage of the cost of braces.
Any untreated dental condition will only get worse as time progresses, necessitating more elaborate and costly procedures down the line (possibly even emergency procedures, in some extreme cases). Preventative care is by far the most cost-effective solution, especially when it comes to realignment.