The Pros & Cons Of Invisalign Braces You Didn’t Know
Every year, millions of Americans visit their dentist or orthodontist for a variety of treatments which have the potential to not only improve their oral health, but also work to straighten the alignment of their teeth. The most popular option chosen by people with crooked or crowded teeth is traditional metal braces. However, more and more people, both teens and adults, are looking at a newer and easier alternative called Invisalign.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is a newer teeth corrective treatment. Your Washington Heights dentist will take digital scans of our teeth so that a perfect mold of your teeth can be made out of clear plastic. About every two weeks, you’ll receive a new aligner that will be slightly different from the previous one, encouraging your teeth to move into the new space. Over time, Invisalign molds will realign teeth that are crooked or crowded, giving you a beautiful smile of straight teeth.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Invisalign Treatment?
Patients will be glad to know there are many benefits to using Invisalign aligners. They include:
Invisalign Is Precise
Invisalign treatment involves 3-D models of your mouth. These models are used to make a comprehensive treatment plan, including aligners perfectly designed for your teeth. The computer programming used for Invisalign treatment generates precise information and can make real-time corrective models. You’ll be able to see a before and after photo of the aligners and what your progress will look like, without even starting any treatment. You’ll even be able to view what your smile will look like once treatment is finished.
Clear Aligner Are Comfortable
Your Invisalign aligners are made from plastic that is smooth and flexible, so they fit snugly and easily into your mouth. Unlike the painful brackets and wires from traditional braces that cause irritation in your mouth, Invisalign aligners are completely smooth and don’t cause irritation. You’ll also have the benefit of not needing to worry about getting hurt on your braces when playing sports.
You Can Remove Invisalign Trays Anytime
Invisalign aligners are easy to remove from your mouth and you’ll be able to keep your normal hygiene habits of brushing and flossing, since you can just take them out whenever you need to clean your teeth. Without any wires and brackets to maneuver around, brushing and flossing is very simple. You’ll also be glad to know that you won’t have any food restrictions like there are with braces.
Invisible Aligners Are Attractive
Since Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastics that are molded to your teeth, they are virtually invisible. For many people, this is one of the most important benefits. Adults and teens can continue living their daily personal and professional lives without feeling awkward about having braces, or wondering if clients and friends are noticing their corrective treatments. You can also use whitening toothpastes, keeping your smile looking great instead of hidden with traditional braces. Both the Invisalign process and the final results can leave you feeling happier and more confident.
Invisalign Is Fast & Easy
Invisalign aligners are used for only a week or two at a time before you move on to the next one. You’ll feel good about the progress you’re clearly making! Since all of your aligners will be made at the beginning of your treatment program, you’ll know exactly how long the process will take and how many aligners you’ll need to go through. While you’ll still need to see your Washington Heights dentist for regular appointments to monitor your progress and receive the next aligner, you won’t have to worry about painful adjustments like are used in traditional braces. You’ll just need to wear your next series of aligners.
What Are The Disadvantages Of Invisalign Treatment?
While there are many benefits to Invisalign, there are also a few disadvantages to consider:
Invisalign is widely used, but it is still relatively new and was only introduced in the United States in 1999. This means we don’t know as much about Invisalign long term as we do about traditional braces. Some patients really prefer time-tested treatment methods and opt for braces.
Although Invisalign treatment continues to develop, at this time they seem to work best for people who have only mild to moderate orthodontic problems. If your teeth are very crooked or you have severe bite problems, traditional braces may be a better option for you.
To get the best results, you need to wear your Invisalign aligners for 22 hours every day. Ideally you’ll only remove them to eat and clean your teeth. It’s very common for people to be tempted to avoid wearing them for a few hours here and there throughout the day or to simply forget to put them back in after a meal. Unfortunately, this will delay your progress. Invisalign works best if you are willing to have the discipline to wear them as directed, every day. They are also easy to lose since they need to be removed periodically throughout the day, and are not made of fixed hardware like traditional braces.
Contact Experienced Invisalign Dentists In Washington Heights, NY
If you are interested in Invisalign and would like to find out if you are a candidate, call Esthetix Dental Spa in Washington Heights. Our experienced dentists provide full service experience and high quality results. Payment plans are available! You can feel confident that you’ll receive only the best care at a great price. Contact us today at (212) 795-9675 to get started on the smile you deserve!