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Hi! I’m turning 20 soon and though my teeth have never disturbed me so much, they recently have started to. I never payed much attention but basically, my teeth aesthetically don’t look very good and I have heard oral caring is easier with straighter teeth. I have small gap in my upper from teeth and betweeny second and third upper teeth on the left side, I think I may be missing a teeth but I’m not sure because my gap seems big but if that is the case, what can I do? My right profile is fine but my left isn’t because of the gap. My bottom teeth are mostly ok, just very mild crowding but honestly they are good. Is Invisalign a good option for me? Considering it as it seems like a more convenient option. Was thinking if you had any idea for the rates and the treatment time for such a case. Only thing stopping me is the money would have to save up a ton. Thanks and do let me know!
Thanks for your question. I’m a doctor (not a dentist), so I’m just going to advise you based on personal experience, pending other dentists/orthodontists replies.
Invisalign is often a good option for many misaligned teeth cases from what I’ve read, but it sounds like you probably need to have a dentist look at your teeth to assess if you will be a good candidate.
I was personally very happy with the results achieved from Invisalign though. The retainers helped me to close a gap after I had one tooth extracted due to overcrowding.
The rates are usually ranging from $6000 – $10000, depending. Many clinics have installment plans whereby you can pay monthly, so I don’t think having to save huge amounts should be an issue for you.
I do know for a fact though that several clinics who see much larger quantities of Invisalign patients get a bigger discount from Invisalign themselves – they tend to be able to pass on some of these costs savings to patients, so may be able to offer you a cheaper rate. Otherwise, orthodontists tend to be a bit more expensive because they are the “braces specialists” and have formal training towards correcting misaligned teeth.
I personally went to an orthodontist myself to have Invisalign done.
Hope that helps for now!
You are right that keeping your teeth and gums clean (and therefore better dental health) is easier when your teeth are straighter. To know whether you are missing a tooth, the easiest way is to start counting your teeth from the middle onwards. As a rule of thumb, teeth often come in pairs; so if you have 7 on your right, you should have 7 on your left. However there are some instances that this may not be the case and therefore would be better looked at by an orthodontist.
Invisalign is a great option for you if you are concerned about how fixed braces may look in your mouth. The duration of treatment will definitely depend on a case to case basis (the average about 12-18months). Invisalign treatment is expensive because of the customisation to your teeth. Do ask the clinics for their installment plan so that it is easier on your pocket.