However, some people have teeth that are uneven, crooked or crowded. As a result, these people may try to hide their smile from other people as often as possible because they are embarrassed by their teeth.
Some people may only have problematic upper teeth while their lower teeth are properly aligned. These people may wonder if there are options for those who just want to straighten their upper teeth, and what the costs may be compared to a full straightening treatment. If you are one of these people, continue reading.
Traditional Straightening Methods
For decades, people with crooked, crowded or uneven teeth have been relying on traditional metal braces to achieve the beautiful smile of their dreams. These metal braces use brackets, ligatures and wires that apply force and pressure to teeth, gradually shifting them into proper alignment.
Problems with Traditional Metal Braces
While this straightening method is effective, it’s not exactly convenient. For one thing, the metal on the surface of the teeth has a tendency to irritate the patient’s tongue as well as the inside of their mouth. Another problem is that this method can take a couple of years before the patient achieves the results that they desire. Lastly, the sight of large pieces of metal covering the patient’s teeth is not exactly aesthetically pleasing. This can cause them to feel insecure about their smile until their straightening treatment has been completed.
The good news is that now orthodontists use Invisalign Express to help patients achieve the straight teeth of their dreams. This straightening method is extremely effective and is a virtually invisible way to bring problematic teeth into proper alignment. It also works fast.
How Does this Method Work?
Instead of relying on brackets and wires, this method uses clear plastic aligner trays made of a material that is thin, flexible and durable. Your orthodontist will use advanced 3-D computer technology in order to make each aligner tray based on a mold of the inside of your mouth. When your aligner trays have been made, you can take them all home at once. Every two weeks, you will switch out one pair of trays for the next, bringing your teeth one step closer to proper alignment.
What are the Advantages of this Straightening Method?
This straightening method has many advantages over traditional metal braces. For one thing, these aligner trays are almost invisible, allowing you to straighten your teeth in a totally discreet way.
With traditional braces, patients are advised to avoid some of their favorite foods such as popcorn and candy. That’s because these foods can easily get stuck inside the metal wires of the braces, leading to dental problems like cavities and tooth decay.
However, these aligner trays can be easily and painlessly removed at any time. That means that when it’s time to eat and drink, you can simply pop your aligner trays out. Then snap them back into place when you are done.
Because these trays are removable, you can also take them out when it’s time to brush your teeth and floss. Traditional braces can make it hard to follow a good dental hygiene routine because the metal on each tooth’s surface makes it hard to clean teeth properly. However, with these clear plastic aligners, you can continue your dental hygiene habits just as before.
How Fast Can I Achieve Straight Teeth?
The best part about this amazing straightening method is that it works fast. While many patients who opt for traditional metal braces won’t see results for up to three years. Patients who use these aligners can achieve the results that they desire in only three to six months. That’s one of the many reasons that this straightening method is ideal for adults who want to achieve straight teeth in a fast, discreet and convenient way.
Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign Express?
Patients who are good candidates for this program have mild to moderate crowding, spacing and positioning issues. Patients who have very crooked or crowded teeth may need to undergo a different straightening procedure in order to properly align their teeth.
What is the Cost?
This straightening method will cost about the same as traditional metal braces. Depending on where in the country you are located, costs can range from $3,500 to $8,000 with the national average being $5,600. Costs will also depend on how severe your case is. Also, how many trays must be made to accommodate your specific orthodontic needs.
There are different payment methods that your orthodontic office will accept. In some cases, dental insurance will cover some of the cost of teeth straightening treatments. If not, financing options are available. Major credit cards and cash are also accepted payment options.
Can I Straighten Just My Top Teeth?
Many orthodontists will allow you to straighten just your top or bottom teeth. However, if you have a bite issue, correcting only the top or bottom teeth can make your bite worse. Your orthodontist will determine whether this option is right for you during your consultation.
How Much Will It Cost to Straighten Just My Upper Teeth?
If your orthodontist has determined that you can straighten just your upper teeth without aggravating any bite issues, they will probably be willing to charge less for your treatment.
Thanks to this amazing straightening method, you can achieve beautifully straight teeth in a totally discreet and convenient way. The best part about this method is that it works fast.
If you are tired of hiding your smile and are ready to show off gorgeously straight teeth, contact King Orthodontics to schedule a consultation with one of our orthodontic specialists. Our team of trained specialists can develop a straightening plan that is right for you.
The Truth Behind Invisalign Express for Upper Teeth