Many dental patients, upon being told that they may need braces, often ask about the possibility of using Invisalign. After all, if there are braces available that are virtually invisible, wouldn’t that be the preferred option compared to traditional metal braces?
If you are weighing your options for braces, be sure to consult your dentist at American Dental Care with any questions or concerns. Here, we have composed a quick list of some pros and cons of wearing Invisalign to help you formulate the questions you may want to bring to your specialist.
The Benefits of Invisalign
A list of some of the more basic advantages of wearing Invisalign, starting with the most well-known and obvious one:
- Invisalign® braces are invisible. To be fair, they are not entirely invisible, but you could think of it this way: Invisalign has enjoyed popularity for quite a few years now, and are common with adults and even some teenagers. However, it is unlikely you have ever really noticed somebody wearing them; this is most likely because, when encountering those wearing Invisalign, it was too subtle to notice.
- You can remove them whenever you need. Invisalign can be removed and reinserted when necessary, similar to a mouthguard. This means that you can remove them when eating, drinking, or for special occasions.
- Oral hygiene will be much easier. Because Invisalign is removable, you’ll have no problem being able to brush and floss your teeth. This is a distinct advantage compared to traditional metal braces, whose metal frames often make daily oral hygiene more complicated.
- Invisalign is often more comfortable to wear. Though some new wearers of Invisalign experience discomfort for the first 2-to-3 days, they are frequently still more comfortable than traditional braces, whose metal frames can potentially cut against the inside of the mouth.
Some Disadvantages of Invisalign
However, Invisalign can have its own disadvantages when compared to metal braces:
- There are some orthodontic issues Invisalign cannot correct. Though it can fix a variety of alignment problems, Invisalign is not always recommended for some more complex problems, such as deep underbites and overbites or rotated teeth. As a rule, Invisalign tends to be more effective with milder-to-moderate malocclusions.
- You’ll have to brush and floss after every meal. Because Invisalign fits somewhat like a mouthguard, it is vital that there be no food residue left in your teeth while wearing them; otherwise, it invites decay and infection. To prevent this, Invisalign wearers must remove their braces whenever eating or drinking, and must be sure to brush and floss thoroughly before restoring them.
Questions or concerns about using Invisalign? Schedule an appointment with American Dental Care today by calling us at 717-279-5242.