The perfect smile is achievable but at what cost? With so many options to choose from, how can we navigate the complex world of cosmetic dentistry?
What is Orthodontics?
Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but for most of us, there will be one issue or another to contend with, be it an overbite, an underbite, crooked or stuck-out teeth. Orthodontics is a highly specialised area of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of your teeth.
By using braces and aligners, Orthodontists can slowly straighten your teeth and correct misaligned bites over time, leaving you with a beautiful, healthy mouth and gorgeous smile.
To anyone other than a trained dentist, the world of choice available to anyone looking to get their teeth straightened can be confusing.
There are several different approaches to realigning teeth, with some of the most popular methods being:
- Metal braces (fixed appliance) – a lower budget option, usually costing less than £2000
- Removable appliances (clear aligners) – Amongst the very best quality
- Retainers – Usually very low cost but only useful for small adjustments
- Orthognathic Surgery – Very high cost but only applicable to extreme cases
The thought of paying for cosmetic dentistry can be off-putting but Invisalign costs are consistently coming down as time goes by and the technology becomes more and more mainstream.
The whole process can cost between £2000 and £5000 although this includes far more than simply the Invisalign braces themselves.
You would also benefit from:
- An initial consultation to create a bespoke schedule and program
- All necessary X-Rays and scans
- A full year of aftercare, with unlimited reviews with a dentist
As an alternative to the modern Invisalign method, you could opt for a more traditional set of braces. These are available in some cases via the NHS and are a more cost-effective treatment.
There are two major downsides to this more old-fashioned method:
- The traditional brace usually works best on younger patients in their early teens whose mouths and teeth are still growing and moving. Adult patients may have less luck in aligning their teeth through this method.
- The brace needs to be affixed to the teeth for a considerable amount of time and unlike Invisalign, traditional braces are metallic in colour and extremely obtrusive and unsightly in the mouth.
Six Month Smiles
A more modern alternative to Invisalign is the Six Month Smile treatment. This treatment is certainly an improvement on traditional, old-fashioned clunky braces, and the brace is coloured white to match your teeth, making it less unsightly than a traditional brace.
The Six Month Smile does have one significant drawback, however, when compared to Invisalign. It is a fixed brace and not removable like the totally clear Invisalign model.
Ultimately, when you make the decision to straighten your teeth, both for cosmetic reasons and to enjoy the oral health benefits of a non-overcrowded mouth, you must consider:
- The efficacy of the treatment
- The speed and quality of the results
- The cost of the treatment
- The comprehensiveness of the oral care package
Of the different options in the marketplace, only Invisalign offers a clean, unobtrusive brace that delivers high-quality results at a reasonable price.