Advantages and Disadvantages of Invisalign

Advantages and Disadvantages of Invisalign

Getting orthodontic treatment as an adult can be intimidating. You may not want a mouthful of metal brackets and wires, or you may worry that braces will interfere with your social or professional life. Invisalign may be the best alternative for you, then. This system uses clear aligners that fit over your teeth, but can be removed for meals or dental hygiene. As with any treatment, Invisalign has both pros and cons. Weighing the advantages and disadvantages can help you make the best decision for your smile and your lifestyle.

Benefits of Treatment

Unlike braces, clear aligners can be put on your teeth and removed as needed. This eliminates the need to change your diet or adjust your lifestyle, making it incredibly easy to keep your teeth clean. The aligners are made of a sturdy clear plastic, so they are nearly invisible when you are wearing them. Because they are smooth, they do not irritate your oral soft tissues and are associated with significantly less inflammation. Results are also fairly predictable, as your Invisalign provider can even show you a preview of your finished smile before you ever begin treatment. You can also keep your teeth cleaner without the need for complicated routines or special tools.

Potential Drawbacks

No treatment is without risk or disadvantage. Clear aligners do have some disadvantages along with their many advantages. You will have more control over your treatment and outcome, which means that your satisfaction with your smile depends largely on your ability and willingness to follow your treatment plan. Clear aligners are not appropriate for all smiles, either. Certain complex tooth movements may require the finesse of metal braces.

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