Invisalign: The Pros and Cons

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Having an amazing smile can help change your confidence and make you feel like you can take on the world. However, not everyone is born with a perfectly straight smile. When it comes to correcting these issues, many individuals will have to undergo some type of orthodontic treatment. Since technology has vastly improved over the past 20 years, there are now more options when choosing an orthodontic treatment. There is always the traditional and time-tested route of metal or ceramic braces, but with new improvements in dental medicine there is another option: Invisalign.

Invisalign is a clear set of plastic aligners that are fitted to your specific mouth, once in, these trays resemble a see-through thin mouth guard. Your teeth are first scanned with a 3D computer imaging technology that maps out a design formulated to assist orthodontists to help you achieve that perfect smile. The computer helps produce a series of aligners based on your orthodontist’s treatment program that will be gradually changed out throughout the next few months. Each new set will have gradual changes that help to move your teeth incrementally to the desired positions. With the imaging from the computer, it also makes it possible to see the desired results before your treatment has even begun.

Because Invisalign trays are clear, it is almost impossible to tell you are wearing them. This fact is extremely important for some patients. Without metal braces covering up smiles, it allows for patients to continue with their lives and not have to worry about being self-conscience about their orthodontic treatments. Because they are clear and smooth, patients do not have to worry about potential wires or brackets irritating or cutting up cheeks or lips. Invisalign aligners are removable, another important aspect to many patients. Your daily oral hygiene routine can be uninterrupted with extra care to maneuver around wires and brackets.

Since you are not allowed to eat or drink while wearing the trays, there are also no food restrictions whereas with traditional braces many have to worry about getting certain foods interfering with wires and getting stuck between brackets. 

There are no adjustments with Invisalign. All your aligners have been premade and following the treatment plan, making sure you change out aligners on schedule makes for less long painful visits to the office. Checkup appointments with your orthodontist will be scheduled to make sure progress is being made, but the Woodlands Orthodontist knows how busy your lives can be! 

Although the benefits to Invisalign are great, there are some drawbacks that need to be taken into consideration as well. Invisalign has evolved tremendously over the past few years alone, however, there are some patient cases that are too difficult for these trays to handle. It is more effective for patients that have a mild and moderate issues over severe cases, which your orthodontist will inform you if this is a right fit. Also because Invisalign trays are removable, the patient must be self-disciplined enough to continue to wear them otherwise it will stall the treatment process.  

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