When talking about orthodontic treatment, the first things that come to mind are braces and wires and an intrusive and prolongated treatment. Thankfully, advances in research and development have helped redefine this conception. We hope you’ll be able to analyze all the Invisalign pros and cons we summarize today.
Today, we can enjoy the benefits of an aligned denture on our health without sacrificing aesthetics, lowering the discomfort, and improving treatment time.
Additionally, from an overall health perspective, having aligned teeth makes them less prone to develop cavities, tooth decay alleviates excessive pressure on a specific tooth due to improper bite, and improves digestion and sleep. Finally, from a financial perspective, orthodontics is a wise investment. Aligned teeth help prevent the development of oral diseases and malfunctions that are more costly to fix than prevent.
This article addresses the benefits of a new and fresh approach to orthodontics. First, we invite our patients to redefine previous conceptions of orthodontics to a hundred percent positive experience. Then, we’ll guide you through all the benefits you can get from Invisalign clear aligner trays.
What Are the Advantages of Invisalign?
One of the most revolutionary types of orthodontic treatment Kaneohe residents have at their disposal nowadays is Clear Alignment Appliances.
You might be able to find different brands of clear orthodontics in the market; however, Invisalign is the principal referent of this kind. Several factors back this argument.
Invisalign is recognized worldwide with countless patents on materials and digital diagnostics. Clear Alignment Appliances are almost invisible trays made of thermoplastic materials that produce controlled traction over teeth.
Invisalign’s tight-fitting plastic trays exert only the necessary force over your denture, reducing discomfort compared with traditional braces. With this in mind, we have created a shortlist of Invisalign advantages.
Smiling is an essential part of our lives; we smile for pictures, and at social events, and if not smiling, we interact by talking with other people who see our mouths.
Therefore, one of the main problems of traditional orthodontics is the value people place on their smiles, making them evaluate their necessity. Adult and young patients don’t want to feel self-conscious about their mouths full of metal and wires.
Invisalign solves this problem as it is almost invisible. The trays are clear and work at all times without people even noticing they are there.
Improved Oral Hygiene
Using more sophisticated utensils to avoid oral health problems during traditional orthodontic treatment includes interdental and self-threading flossers, electric toothbrushes, water irrigators, and mouthwashes.
Invisalign, however, is a removable appliance. Patients can detach clear aligner trays during meal times, when out for drinks, or while brushing and flossing. Therefore, patients just have to dissolve Invisalign-approved auxiliary products in water and soak their appliances to get them fresh and ready to use.
There is no reason for an emergency to occur while wearing Invisalign trays. On the other hand, braces might detach from a tooth; wires might get loose and sharp edges might hurt a patient’s gums and cheeks. In case of an emergency, patients require to visit an orthodontist immediately.
Shorter Treatment Time
Depending on the severity of the case, Invisalign has proven to be more effective in shortening treatment duration.
Patients won’t have to limit their dietary choices. But, conversely, during traditional braces treatment, patients should definitely avoid crunchy or hard-to-bite foods that might cause a bracket to fall or a wire to break.
Invisalign snugly adapts to your teeth.
What Are the Drawbacks of Invisalign?
We have previously mentioned there is no reason to foresee any type of emergency that might arise during Invisalign’s orthodontic treatment. However, patients might forget to use their appliances or simply not wear them according to the required time to produce results.
In addition, appliances might be forgotten or lost, causing to require the delivery of new trays, delaying the treatment process.
Due to the complexity of each case, patients might need attachments that are complementary components of Invisalign’s treatment. Attachments are tooth-colored elements glued to specific teeth.
The attachment’s function is to increase stress exertion with disregard for the interchangeability of appliances. The main disadvantage is that attachments might cause slight discomfort and plaque buildup.
Additionally, Invisalign is not the most ideal appliance for some complex cases. Some orthodontic problems may only go away when you complete your treatment with braces or even surgery. Only an orthodontist can address the severity of each case and recommend the type of orthodontic treatment required by each patient.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
We have discussed the many advantages of Orthodontic treatment in general. We emphasized the financial factor of avoiding traumatic procedures mainly caused by teeth misalignment.
Consequently, we recommend our patients ponder over the benefits of orthodontic treatment when it comes to the cost of treatments like Invisalign.
In this regard, Invisalign’s advantages surpass its cost. Having said this, the cost of Invisalign is usually more expensive than conventional braces, with prices between $3,000 to $7,000.
How Long Does Invisalign’s Orthodontic Treatment Last?
Clear Alignment Appliances potentially reduce treatment time when compared to traditional orthodontics. To summarize, there are fewer complicated cases in which results are noticeable in as short as six months, while traditional braces might require up to a year.
Even so, we must warn you that every case has its particularities, so patients should still have in mind that Clear Alignment Appliances generate different results according to each malocclusion diagnostic.
Invisalign Vs Braces
From a general perspective, and according to the information presented, Invisalign shows more advantages than traditional orthodontic treatment. However, this is not to say that braces are a thing of the past.
When comparing both types of orthodontic appliances, it is essential to consider that traditional braces can treat an extensive array of severe cases. Orthodontists may not be able to treat some functional and severe cases only with the base models of Invisalign or any clear alignment device.
Additionally, patients need to be aware of strictly complying with the daily wearing recommendations during clear orthodontic treatment. This is to say that patients have to create a habit of using and not forgetting to wear the trays every day. According to the official Invisalign FAQ, you should wear your clear aligner trays anywhere from 20 to 22 hours every day. Such a situation does not occur with permanent braces. As its name states, they are not removable.
At Kaneohe Orthodontics, we strive to present our patients with the most suitable options to address their orthodontic requirements better. We invite you to schedule an appointment, and our professional staff will gladly help you and your family have a dreamed and healthy smile.