Invisalign treatment for misaligned teeth begins much like other orthodontic treatments.
The dentist will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of the patient’s teeth.
Invisalign will then use these to create a 3-D image of the teeth.
Invisalign is recommended to straighten teeth that are minimally crooked without the need for metal braces.
How much do braces cost that are traditionally made of metal, you might ask? The cost ranges from $4,000 to $8,000 dollars depending on the condition of the teeth.
The average cost of an invisalign treatment is $5,000 making it close to the expense incurred with metal braces.
The big difference here is in the comfort and safety factors of the invisalign treatment. Unlike metal braces, the lighter, non-metallic and near invisibility of the appliance is a preference for those whose teeth are not misaligned in a major way.
The snap-on smile removable appliance is used more for cosmetic dentistry than orthodontics and is attractive to the patient wishing a more appealing smile through non-invasive means at a relatively low cost.
The appliance is closely fitted over the teeth and does not do anything to compromise the health of gum tissue. Since it does not cover the palate, it is comfortable and very easy to wear.
The snap on smile removable appliance is unlike the invisalign treatment method in that it can be easily worn when the person feels their smile is very important to the situation they find themselves in and can be removed at the patients whim.
This does not mean to infer that the snap on appliance cannot also be a permanent solution to a better looking smile. It can remain in the mouth for as long as the patient wishes.
In summary, whether you opt for metal braces, invisalign treatment, or the snap on appliance type depends on the condition of your teeth and how far you want and need to go to get the smile you are looking for.