Getting braces as an adult is becoming more common across the US. In the past, braces meant a mouth full of metal, an option that didn't appeal to many adults. Now, there are options that are less obvious than the traditional metal braces route. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are one of these less visible options. Invisalign is nearly undetectable and doesn't interfere with eating and everyday dental care like traditional metal braces do. However, there are a few things that adults should consider before going with Invisalign. 

Is It The Right Treatment?

The first thing to consider is whether or not Invisalign is the right treatment option. In a majority of cases, Invisalign can get the desired results. It has been shown to straighten teeth in cases ranging from mild to complex in terms of alignment issues. Invisalign has been shown to be successful at correcting overbite, open bite, underbite, crossbite, crowding, and at closing gaps between the teeth. However, in certain cases, traditional braces or other orthodontic appliances may be the better option and provide quicker results.


Another thing to consider when it comes to Invisalign is the cost. The more complex the case and the longer the aligners are needed, the more the treatment will cost. The cost on average is $5,600 for Invisalign while traditional braces cost around $5,300. Invisalign tends to be slightly more expensive than traditional metal braces. Some dental insurances will cover at least part of the cost of invisalign since it is orthodontic care. Many orthodontists also offer payment plans. It's also possible to put up to $2,550 in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to help cover some of the cost of Invisalign.

Time Commitment

Another thing that adults need to consider before getting Invisalign is that it does require a time commitment. The results are not instant and it can take months or even years to get the desired outcome. Orthodontic treatments for adults take on average between 18 months and 3 years to complete. In order for Invisalign to work, the aligners must be used as directed. It's also important to consider changes that may need to be made in terms of lifestyle. One of the benefits of using aligners is that they can be removed while eating. However, they must be worn as much as possible. Drinking dark liquids, such as coffee, can also stain them.

Invisalign is a great option for those who want to improve their smile. The clear plastic aligners are nearly invisible and can correct a majority of alignment issues. Adults who are considering this orthodontic treatment should consider whether or not it's appropriate for their orthodontic issues, the cost, and the time commitment that it requires. For more information, contact companies like Desert Dental: Ruintan Kamran D.M.D.