Invisalign is a miraculous modern technique that most dental patients prefer to straighten their teeth with. The majority of our patients rave about the pros of this treatment, but there are cons of Invisalign as well.
Here at Big Smile Dental, we like to give you all the information. The decision to invest in Invisalign should not be taken lightly. Although Invisalign is achievable for most people, it is a long-term commitment and you should make sure that you are prepared for the upkeep. At your first consultation, our dentists will discuss your health history and your expectations for Invisalign to determine if this is the right fit for you.
In the meantime, we’ve decided to lay out the full pros and cons of Invisalign.
Who is Eligible for Invisalign?
Believe it or not, not everyone is a good candidate for these seemingly simple retainers. While dentists accept most patients for Invisalign, there are some cases where braces may be a more redeemable option.
In the long run, Invisalign is best for people who have the following issues with their smile
- Cross Bite
- Gap Teeth
- Open Bite
- Crowded Teeth
With professionally trained Invisalign experts available here at Big Smile Dental, the availability for this teeth-straightening procedure is easier than ever. However, there is concern towards certain patients that unofficially make them less suitable for Invisalign. Your dentist may also recommend braces for those with more extreme teeth imperfections for a more guaranteed solution.
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Pros of Invisalign
With today’s technology, Invisalign has become the go-to method for teeth straightening. Metallic braces can cause discomfort on the inside of your mouth and are more noticeable compared to Invisalign. Here are a few more pros of using Invisalign:
- They’re Comfortable: Invisalign is made out of a molded plastic that fits your teeth perfectly. While there may be some slight discomfort while your teeth are adjusting, the retainers themselves are smooth and won’t cause you irritation.
- They’re Attractive: Nobody wants to walk around with a full set of hardware in their mouth. These clear retainers are almost invisible, which makes our patients feel more at ease about fixing their teeth.
- They’re Convenient: Unlike braces, Invisalign can be removed in between meals. This means that you don’t necessarily have to stay away from certain food as you do with traditional braces. It also makes brushing and flossing vastly easier.
- They’re Affordable: In the grand scheme of things, Invisalign is going to be costly. The great thing about this treatment, however, is that you may be able to lower the cost with your dental insurance. And whatever is left can usually be taken care of in monthly payments so that you can make the commitment sooner than you think.
Cons of Invisalign
Despite all of its glory, there are still cons of Invisalign to consider:
- They Require Commitment: Patients are required to wear their retainers for essentially 20 hours a day. Your honest cooperation is key to making this strategy work. If you end up forgetting to wear your retainer or simply don’t commit, Invisalign may not be the right method for you.
- They Take Time: Some patients are under the misconception that Invisalign takes less time than braces. This retainer method is just as effective as traditional braces, but they also take just as much time to work. Teeth straightening with Invisalign can take up to a year or more, depending on your personal situation, it may only take a couple of months.
- They Require Maintenance: On top of consistently wearing your retainer 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, there are other maintenance matters to consider. You will be expected to brush your teeth after every meal and you will have to return to the dentist every couple of months for new retainers. Want to know more about how Invisalign works? You can check out our YouTube video here or contact us directly. Big Smile Dental can be reached at (773) 772-8400 or by submitting an appointment request.