Over the years you’ll make a number of investments to improve quality of life – clothing, cars, homes, gym memberships, good food, and fine wine. You are keenly aware of the benefits those things bring to your days because you see and touch them intimately. However, you may be overlooking the value of another lifetime investment – your smile. Dr. Sameet Koppikar of Biltmore Dental Center encourages patients in the Phoenix area to consider the real value of Invisalign braces, and conversely the cost of living with a flawed smile.
Invisalign is a series of aligners designed by a robust computer program to gradually move your teeth into straight, attractive alignment. Invisalign is:
- Clear – The aligners are made of transparent plastic, so they are barely noticeable. You are also able to see improvement as treatment progresses.
- Comfortable – Invisalign aligners are smooth and kind to soft tissues. There is nothing to poke or rub your mouth, and no aggressive wire tightening appointments. Since the aligners are removable, you continue to eat the foods you love.
- Convenient – You simply advance to the next set of aligners about every two weeks, with brief, occasional visits so the dentist can monitor your progress. Remove the aligners to brush and floss normally, keeping teeth sparkling clean while you straighten.
- Effective – While every case is different Invisalign treatment typically takes about 18 months. It is ideal for teens and adults with mild to moderate misalignment including gaps, overlaps, and twisted or shifted teeth. (Invisalign may not be appropriate for severe malocclusion or bite problems.)
Comparing the cost of Invisalign to popular alternatives
The actual cost of Invisalign treatment depends on the extent of your alignment problems, the duration of your treatment plan, and your compliance in wearing the aligners. However, based on national averages, it is comparable to the cost of conventional orthodontics.
Porcelain veneers are a potential alternative for minor alignment issues. Bear in mind, however, that veneers do not actually straighten teeth. They disguise misalignment. Veneers on all of the “smile teeth” can be more costly than Invisalign, and they must be replaced periodically.
The value of a straight smile
It is impossible to precisely quantify the impact of a gorgeous smile on your career, friendships, and love life, but you’ll see and feel the difference. Most Invisalign patients say they find themselves smiling more readily, and that this warmth elicits a favorable response from others.
Dental insurance plans which cover orthodontic treatment may apply to Invisalign in the same manner. The friendly front office staff at Biltmore Dental Center will work with your carrier to obtain a coverage estimate. Because Dr. Koppikar believes that every patient deserves a dream smile, he also offers financing options.
Call Biltmore Dental Center today for a free Invisalign consultation. The number is (602) 954-8200