If you’ve been wavering between choosing clear aligners or braces, you’ll be pleased to know that Tooth Crusader offers our patients the best of both worlds. With clear aligners cost coming down all the time, our patients can rest assured that they are receiving the very best care at affordable prices.

How Do Clear Aligners Work?

Clear aligners can be used to correct misaligned, crooked or protruding teeth. they are fitted to the front of your teeth to apply gentle pressure and, as their name suggests, they are hardly visible to the naked eye.

The process starts with the assessment, where I carefully examine your teeth and assess whether you are a good candidate for clear aligners, or if we need to explore other options. Once the assessment is that you are a good candidate for clear aligners, I will create your individualised treatment plan, based on your unique needs, and will explain it to you in detail. After you accept the treatment plan, I will order the custom-made aligners, designed to move your teeth into their correct positions. Once the aligners are received, the treatment starts. You will start with the first set of aligners and will need to switch to a new set every two weeks. Each set is created so that it can continue the work of the set before it, moving your teeth incrementally with each switch.

What Are The Benefits Of Clear Aligners Vs Braces?

Clear aligners do the work of traditional braces without many of the drawbacks that patients are concerned about. Of course the most popular reason for patients choosing clear aligners is aesthetics, but we do find them beneficial in a number of other ways.

Less irritation

Wearing traditional metal braces takes a lot of getting used to. They are especially challenging on the soft tissues of your mouth where they may cause irritation and discomfort.

Metal braces’ wires and brackets are pulled tightly to achieve the correct tension and many patients find this makes their mouths sore. Additionally, many of our patients that workout at the gym or engage in more physical sports, have reported experiencing their brackets popping off.

Eat with confidence

Many patients find eating in public quite stressful because they worry about food getting trapped in their metal braces.

Clear aligners should be removed before eating and drinking, so this is no longer a worry.

Wearers of metal braces also find themselves facing a number of food restrictions, in that they can’t eat sticky or hard foods because of their braces.

Having said that it is important that you remember to remove your aligners before eating and drinking, as foods can stain and discolour your aligners and very hot beverages can change their shape.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

Probably because treatments can take up to two years, many patients are concerned about how much braces cost. And even though Medicare doesn’t cover braces cost, the good news is that many dental practitioners do offer payment plans to make orthodontics affordable, and some private health insurance policies may offer you cover.

Until you have had a thorough assessment and consultation, it is very difficult to gauge what braces cost. Clear aligners cost is typically a bit higher than the cost of traditional metal braces however, the cost is decreasing as they become more widely used.

Orthodontics Australia recommends you set aside between $3500 and $9000 for a course of treatment with clear aligners, depending on the level of correction required. This is an average cost for 18 months of treatment, however it is important that you follow all your dentist’s instructions so that your treatment can be completed at the projected time.

How Do You Calculate Braces’ Cost?

Once I have evaluated your smile, you will be presented with a proposed treatment plan and costing. The treatment plan includes all the costs you can expect while your smile is straightened.

Are Invisible Braces For You?

Clear aligners are well suited to men and women in their 20’sm 30’s, 40’s and even their 50’s.  It is a team effort, and I will work with you to ensure the best results, but you also have to wear the aligners 22 hours per day. This is important because if you don’t wear them for the minimum wear time or remove them before eating and drinking, you are not likely to experience your desired results.

If you’re still wondering about the pros and cons of clear aligners vs braces, it’s time to speak to a professional. Contact our practice today to find out more about clear aligners cost and whether you could be a candidate: (02) 8203 8750.