There are many great ways to achieve a beautiful smile, from maintaining dental hygiene to teeth whitening and other corrective services.

If your teeth are not properly aligned, these benefits will be in vain – having crowded, gapped and crooked teeth can not only lead to health issues but also hinder you from having your most beautiful and healthy smile. One of the most often used corrective services is teeth straightening, which not only corrects the previously aforementioned issues such as crooked teeth, crowded teeth and large, uncomfortable gaps but also can correct breathing issues, help prevent cavities and ensure you have a pearly white smile.

While many people opt for the traditional teeth straighteners like braces, there are many other new and innovative technologies such as Invisalign. This is a less noticeable alternative to metal braces. The Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of clear plastic orthodontic trays called aligners which are custom fitted to your teeth. There are no metal wires or brackets and the aligners can be removed for short periods, making it easier to eat and brush than traditional braces.

There is a bit more responsibility that comes with using the Invisalign treatments though, as without proper compliance wearing the retainers, the process will not work effectively.

So, they seem like they are better than braces – but what’s the catch? While Invisalign and braces are similar in some ways, such as the overall cost, they are very different in others. Invisalign clear aligners are removable and virtually invisible, so you can keep living your life and caring for your teeth throughout treatment the same way you always have. And Invisalign treatment is now up to 50 percent faster with weekly aligner changes.

How can you know what your cost will be? The costs of the treatment can vary, so it is important to discuss with your dental professional what your cost may be. The overall cost depends on the complexity of your case, including the length of your treatment and what your insurance coverage is.