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Invisalign - Is It Worth the Cost?

Invisalign has been a revolution in the world of braces. For years, the only option to getting a straight smile was through metal braces, which are very noticeable. Now, you can get straight teeth in a much more discreet fashion.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth through the use of clear plastic aligners.  The aligners are changed roughly every two weeks, or as instructed by your orthodontist. Invisalign can be used by all ages, although it is particularly popular among adults, due to the aligners being so discreet.

How Invisalign Works

You will start your treatment off with a consultation, in which your orthodontist will do an examination and determine the level of treatment you need. When using Invisalign, you get a personalized treatment plan. Your treatment will start off with a digital scan. Your orthodontist will then create a custom treatment plan, and you will even get a preview of what your new smile will look like. Your custom aligners will then be produced for you. When you receive the aligners from your orthodontist, he will ensure proper fit, tell you what you can expect, and answer any questions you may have.

Some patients need attachments in order to move their teeth, especially if the move is more complicated. Attachments are small, tooth colored dots bonded to the tooth to help move them into the desired position. Attachments give the aligners something to grasp on the tooth in order to help with movement. Sometimes patients need elastics to help with bite issues.

In order to get the best results from Invisalign, it is advised that you wear your aligners at least 22 hours per day. You will typically switch trays every 2 weeks. They are numbered so you know which one to use next.

Benefits of Invisalign

  • Boost confidence and self esteem- Invisalign can help you to feel more confident with your smile.
  • Invisalign is pretty much invisible. For someone who wants to straighten their teeth discreetly, this is a huge selling point. It is great for adults and working professionals, but is also good for teenagers as well. Most people won’t notice them unless you tell them or unless they are in close proximity to your mouth.
  • You can take out your aligners to eat, drink, and brush your teeth.
  • Some people say that while realigning your teeth is usually uncomfortable, Invisalign isn’t quite as painful as traditional braces.
  • No food or drink restrictions.
  • You can whiten your teeth while undergoing Invisalign treatment.
  • Good oral hygiene is much easier than with traditional braces. You can brush your teeth as normal since you are able to take the aligners out, so your dental hygiene can actually improve.


The cost of invisalign is typically between $3,500 and $8,000. The total price varies on a case by case basis. It depends on how the degree of alignment your teeth need and how many trays will be needed.

Insurance will sometimes cover up to $3,500. Payment options can help to make it affordable. Some options to cover the cost are FSA accounts, low monthly payments through your orthodontist, or financing it through a 3rd party company.

Parris Orthodontics

Dr. Parris and the rest of the staff at Parris Orthodontics specialize in providing high quality orthodontic services to Germantown, TN and surrounding areas. They have over 30 years of experience treating children, teenagers, and adults. If you are interested in seeing if Invisalign is right for you, please contact us for an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you!


Posted by Bill Parris at 2:28 PM
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