Is Invisalign Right for You?
Feel like you may need braces but don't want to go through the process? Perhaps your teeth are a little crooked, you have a gap or a bite issue, or you simply aren't happy with your smile. Invisalign has become a game-changer in the world of improving smiles and may be an option for you.
Invisalign is a customized teeth-straightening system that uses clear, removable tray aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. The aligners are made of a strong plastic which applies pressure on the teeth that need to move. The aligners are slightly changed every two weeks to slowly move your teeth into the desired position.
Between the expertise of your orthodontist and the innovative technology of Invisalign, the process is efficient and effective. Wondering if Invisalign is right for you? Here are some pros and cons to consider:
- More Attractive: Invisalign aligner trays are essentially clear braces, and it is often harder to tell if someone is wearing them.
- Removable: Invisalign aligner trays can be removed for eating, and continuing your regular brushing and flossing routine.
- No Stains: Since Invisalign trays are removable, your teeth won't be prone to staining or scarring as they may be with traditional metal braces.
- Comfortable: Invisalign trays are a smooth plastic film contoured to your teeth, while traditional wire brackets and wires stick out and can cause discomfort.
- Tooth Discomfort: Whether you have aligner trays or metal brackets, a teeth-straightening system is intended to shift your teeth and can result in temporary tooth discomfort during the process.
- The Price: The cost of Invisalign versus traditional braces can vary from person to person based on their condition; you may encounter savings compared to traditional braces, you may not.
- Required Wearing: It may be tempting to remove your Invisalign aligners if you have a social engagement or you may simply forget to wear them, which can disrupt the alignment process.
- Losing Aligners: Aligners are easy to misplace, especially during meals. A teen may be eating lunch and set them on a cafeteria tray and forget to put them back on. An adult could just as easily set them on a napkin that could be discarded.
- Damage: The aligners could be inadvertently broken if they are misplaced. You can talk to your dentist about what to do if you misplace or damage your trays.
This is just a quick look at your options. Contact clinics that offer Invisalign to learn more.