When you think about braces, most people imagine thick metal train tracks. This type of orthodontic treatment is still available today, but with the introduction of ceramic brackets and clear wires, even traditional fixed braces can be much more discreet.
Innovative aligners like Invisalign have made braces even more accessible. This discreet and comfortable aligner system will allow you to enjoy all your favourite food and drink without risking derailing your orthodontic treatment. You can also take them out to brush your teeth.
Braces have come a long way in recent years, not only in the types of braces available but also in the age range of those wearing them. Braces were once only associated with children and teens, but adults are now just as likely to ask about teeth straightening.
Adults exploring braces for the first time might be wondering if they are eligible, what types of braces are available, and how much they will cost. You might also be wondering if you can get Invisalign on the NHS.
In this guide, we’re going to explore one of the most popular orthodontic treatments in Glasgow. As the leading provider of Invisalign in Glasgow and Scotland, we’ve helped many patients of all ages achieve the smile of their dreams. Let’s explore some of the most common questions we hear about Invisalign pricing in Glasgow.
Can you get Invisalign on the NHS?
The NHS provides free orthodontic treatment for patients under the age of 18 when there is a clear health need for treatment. Children will usually be considered for braces from the age of 12 and they are assessed on a scale known as the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN).
Children will be assigned a number from 1 to 5 depending on their need for orthodontic treatment. If assigned a level 4 or 5, the child will be put on the waiting list for treatment. Level 3 cases are judged on an individual basis. Invisalign is not currently offered on the NHS as the traditional fixed braces are preferred.
If you are looking to get Invisalign on the NHS, there may be other options to explore. Many parents will choose to go private as it will allow them to access a wider range of treatments and avoid the waiting list.
Young people who are very self-conscious might feel more comfortable with a clear aligner system. However, if you have a forgetful teen, they might be more suited to fixed braces as they will be less likely to lose them or forget to wear them.
What is the lowest cost for Invisalign?
Adults looking for Invisalign treatment often want to know the cheapest option for treatment. As with most dental treatment options, this will depend on your individual case. Treatment time and complexity will ultimately determine your treatment cost.
Invisalign Lite offers the lowest cost Invisalign treatment, but this won’t be suitable for everyone. To make Invisalign treatment more accessible to all, we offer the option to spread the cost of treatment, subject to financial approval.
Is Invisalign better than Smile Direct?
We know that the low prices of mail-order orthodontics can be very tempting for some. Smile Direct Club offers to straighten teeth for around 60% less than traditional orthodontics.
While you might be paying 60% less, you’ll also have 100% less in-person support from an orthodontist. Orthodontics is not always a clear treatment path and it’s important to have regular contact throughout your treatment to make sure everything is going to plan. For this reason, we cannot recommend it.
Is there a cheaper alternative to Invisalign?
While you might be more familiar with the Invisalign name, there are other options to explore that could be cheaper than Invisalign. Quick Straight Teeth offer a discreet and effective alternative to Invisalign. Or you could explore other clear aligner systems.
Ultimately, the treatment you choose should be based on what is best for your dental health. And the best way to find out which treatment is right for you is to book your consultation. This will give you a chance to ask questions, explore treatment options and find out more about finance. To find out more about teeth straightening options in Glasgow, download our free guide.