Invisalign treatment is an excellent option for those who want to fix their teeth without the need for braces or metal wires digging into their gums. And while it may not be perfect, there’s no denying that Invisalign has some fantastic benefits as well! Let’s explore both the pros and cons of Invisalign along with other alternative treatments worth considering.
Invisalign uses clear plastic trays to straighten teeth and are custom-made to fit each patient’s teeth and are changed every two weeks or so as the teeth move closer to their desired position. Invisalign is great for patients who want to fix their teeth without the need for braces, as they’re less noticeable and don’t cause the pain that metal wires can sometimes cause. Additionally, Invisalign can be used to treat a wide variety of dental issues, from crooked teeth to gapped teeth to overbites.
There are a few things to consider regarding Invisalign vs. traditional metal braces. First of all, Invisalign is more expensive than conventional braces. Additionally, Invisalign can be difficult to keep in place, and patients must wear them for the full 20- plus hours per day to see results.
Invisalign aligners are made from clear plastic, making them less visible than metal braces. They also are more comfortable to wear, as they don’t have any metal wires or brackets that disturb and irritate the gum region. Finally, Invisalign can treat a broader range of dental issues, making it a flexible choice for many patients who want to address specific dental problems.
Invisalign has been proven a reliable option for those who need treatment of their crowded or spaced teeth, along with some mild to moderate bite issues. The company claims that this product can treat overbite/under-bite situations and crossbites, among other dental concerns.
The pros of Invisalign
These aligners are made from a soft, flexible material that will not cause any irritation or discomfort to your teeth or gums. Invisalign is doesn’t require any metal wires or brackets to be fitted onto your teeth. This means that you can avoid the pain of having metal digging into your gums, and you also won’t have to go through the hassle of periodic tightening like you would with braces. And, of course, no metal mouth to speak of!
Invisalign aligners are clear, so they won’t be visible to others when you smile, making them a big plus for those who want to fix their teeth without having to deal with the social stigma of braces. The transparency of Invisalign is probably the top reason why people choose them.
Although Invisalign aligners must be worn for 22 hours per day, most patients adjust to them just fine because of their optimal comfort. Another top benefit is that there are few dietary restrictions with what you can eat and drink; plus, brushing your teeth and flossing is much easier.
While Invisalign continues to be one of the most popular treatment options for teeth straightening, they don’t come without their downsides. Here are a few of the cons.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for Invisalign. If your teeth are severely crooked, or if you have a very complex dental history, traditional braces or other types of dental work may prove to be a wiser option.
Though they are generally comfortable for most patients, these aligners need to be worn for at least 20 hours per day, and some patients may struggle more during this adjustment period.
Although Invisalign is becoming more and more affordable, it is still more expensive than traditional braces. However, your Invisalign treatment may be partially or fully covered if you carry dental insurance.
These are some of the other available teeth straightening treatments to Invisalign, excluding traditional braces.
Ceramic braces are like traditional braces, but the brackets are made from ceramic material instead of metal. They’re not as visible as metal braces, but they cost more.
Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces, but the brackets are attached to the back of your teeth, keeping them hidden from the front of your mouth. Some patients find them difficult to wear, and their cost is slightly higher than conventional braces.
The closest alternative to Invisalign is ClearCorrect aligners. Like Invisalign, these aligners are also transparent and require very little maintenance. They are also hygienic, comfortable, and easy to keep clean. They are very effective at treating all types of dental issues, and most patients end up very pleased with the results.
Dr. Richard Chang, a dentist in Alhambra at Evergreen Dental Care, offers Invisalign and ClearCorrect treatment. If you’re interested in exploring teeth straightening treatments that are suitable for your dental issues, give us a call to schedule an appointment.
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937 E Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801