Cost of ClearSmile Aligner

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The cost of orthodontic treatments varies greatly according to which treatment you choose, which dentist and clinic you visit and what your treatment package includes. ClearSmile Aligner is a cost-effective alternative to other clear aligner systems, such as Invisalign; the cost is comparable to the Inman Aligner. The exact fee will depend on:

  • the clinic you attend
  • the level of expertise of the dentist
  • how many aligners are required
  • whether you need one or both arches treated
  • whether you need any additional treatment before or after your braces are fitted/removed

When you have your consultation, your dentist will go through fees with you; always make sure you get a full written quote, which breaks down every individual cost, before you agreed to go ahead with the treatment. Your total cost should include any consultations and additional treatment you may need (such as extraction).

Braces are not cheap and for many people, it is difficult to pay for orthodontic treatment in full at the beginning of the process; for this reason, many dental clinics now offer dental finance to make braces accessible to a wider range of clients. Finance is a means of spreading the cost of treatment over a prolonged period of time, which means that you pay a set sum every month or every 3 months for an agreed term. It is worth shopping around to find a clinic that offers 0% finance, as this could save you a lot of money.

Will I be able to speak and eat normally?

All orthodontic patients go through a period of adjustment when they start wearing braces; at first, it can feel a little odd having an aligner in your mouth, but soon wearing a brace will become second nature and you’ll barely notice it’s even there.

Eating with ClearSmile braces

The beauty of ClearSmile aligners is that they are removable and this means that they fit in with your lifestyle very easily; these aligners are designed to be removed quickly and simply when you want to eat, drink or clean your teeth. As you can simply slip your brace out, you don’t need to worry about adjusting the way you eat at all; you can also continue with your diet as normal, rather than having to exclude some foods, which can be tricky to eat with traditional braces.

One of the worries people have about wearing braces is getting food stuck in their brace, especially when they are eating out or they are surrounded by other people. With removable aligners, you don’t need to worry about eating in public or feel anxious about sitting there with bits of food stuck in your brace; all you have to do is take your brace out, put it away safely and then enjoy your meal.

Speaking with ClearSmile Aligner

It can take a little time to get used to wearing aligners and you may find that initially, your speech alters very slightly. Your pronunciation of certain sounds and words may be very slightly different; however, after a couple of days, you should find that you’re talking normally and treatment will actually improve the clarity of your speech in the long-term.

When you first have your braces fitted, it’s a really good idea to practice speaking aloud and reading out loud so that you get used to forming words and pronouncing sounds with your braces; the more you practice, the quicker you’ll get used to talking with your aligners in.

Why do I have to wear a retainer?

All orthodontic patients are advised to wear a retainer following treatment; a retainer is a specially designed device, which holds the teeth in position. Without a retainer, it is possible for the teeth to start to move out of position and this is known as relapse; in severe cases, repeat treatment may be required. When you have orthodontic treatment, a significant amount of movement can be achieved and it takes time for the teeth to settle into their new position; a retainer helps to facilitate this process and prevent the teeth from slipping out of position.

There are various different types of retainer available and you usually have the option of a fixed or a removable retainer; fixed retainers are bonded to the back of the teeth, so they cannot be seen when you smile. Although retainers exert very gentle pressure on the teeth, they are not painful and you will soon get used to wearing your retainer.

When you have your braces removed (in the case of fixed braces) or you stop your treatment (in the case of removable braces), your dentist will create a mould for your retainer and your custom-designed retainer will then be fabricated. When your retainer is ready, you can then start wearing it as advised by your dentist. Typically, retainers are worn for life; however, you may not need to wear your retainer 24 ours a day; your dentist will make recommendations based on your individual needs and the kind of treatment you have had.

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