If you’re seeking out the best way to get those pearly whites super straight then it won’t be long before Invisalign pops up in front of you. However, you’ll probably only see all the amazing benefits and none of the downsides. At Bamboo, we like to be real – and every choice you make has positives and negatives. That’s why we’re going to outline to you all of the pros AND cons of Invisalign so you can decide, once and for all, if it’s the treatment for you.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Let’s get things started with the benefits – and there are many. Invisalign has been used to straighten over 5 million smiles world-wide, so it must be doing something right.
Invisible straightening, you say?
Kicking off with possibly the most sought after benefit of Invisalign – the fact that it is just so impressively discreet looking. You truly can barely notice these nifty little trays as they work hard moving your teeth. The look of fixed braces often holds people back from straightening their teeth – Invisalign were the pioneers in solving this problem (and what a great job they’ve done).
Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Although these aligners are nearly invisible to the naked eye, it’s fixed brace competitors don’t exactly look like what they used to. Actually, there are fixed braces now available, such as Six Month Smiles, that use tooth coloured wires and clear brackets. This means that you’re best off comparing the look of Invisalign to something like Six Month Smiles, rather than to the metal braces you remember kids having back in school several years ago.
Yes, you heard that right. These aligners are 100% removable. That means, if you have a special photograph that needs taking, you can pop those aligners straight out. If you want to go eat your favourite meal, no matter what it is, you can go ahead and do that. If you have that all important job interview and want to feel as relaxed as possible – go ahead and take them out.
All of this being said, you should still wear the aligners for at least 20+ hours per day. So, it’s important not to start taking them out willy nilly – doing that will hinder your progress.
It works for teens upwards
Invisalign have a wide range of aligners, all suited to different particular candidates. If you’re a teen then there’s an Invisalign for you. If you have a mild case and need minimal movement, then there’s a fast Invisalign for you (Invisalign Lite). If you need a little more movement then the full Invisalign option may be more suited instead. The point is, it’s not one size fits all. There are tailored approaches to help you get that straighter than straight smile in the best way possible.
Invisalign fixes lots of issues
Some of the issues that Invisalign can fix include; Overbites, underbites, cross bites, gapped teeth, open bites, crowded teeth and there’s even an option for a mix of baby and permanent teeth. All that being said, if your case is very severe, then Invisalign may not be the right solution. If you’re unsure then booking in for a free Invisalign consultation is the way to go.
As comfortable as can be
Braces are notoriously uncomfortable to wear. Invisalign has the benefit in that it does not use wires and brackets. This means that there is no risk of protruding wires causing discomfort. This gives a more comfortable experience. However, when you get new aligners they often can be tight and cause some discomfort in the first few days.
See your smile before you start
With the iTero 3D scanner, you’ll get the opportunity to take a look at how your brand new smile is going to look before you’ve even started treatment.
This fantastic technology really let’s you see for yourself the difference that the journey ahead is going to make to your life. If you don’t like how it looks then, no worries, you can scrap the whole thing or work with your dentist to change the end result.
Minimal visits to the dentist
As the aligners require less direct in-chair work from the dentist (compared to with other treatments), you’ll find you have to spend less of your valuable time sat in dental waiting rooms – yippee!
Keep your oral health in tip top shape
Often overlooked, you’ll actually have a much easier time keeping on top of your dental hygiene using Invisalign compared to alternatives. Why? You ask. Well, the fact that the aligners are entirely removable means that you can still brush and floss and get into those nooks and crevices with relative ease. Compare that to wearing fixed braces and you’ll find it’s more difficult to clean inside all the gaps between the wires and brackets and the teeth.
The Cons of Invisalign
So, we’ve buttered you up with all of the amazing pros of Invisalign and you’re almost ready to book in. Well, this is where we tell you why Invisalign may not be suitable – because NOTHING is perfect and you deserve to know the ins and outs before you decide to put your smile on the line. But, honestly, there’s really nothing terrible to say about Invisalign. Take a look below and read through what we feel are the areas that Invisalign lacks.
It generally takes longer
Here’s a kicker – Invisalign can take up to 2 years to get your teeth straight. The thing is, the removable nature of the aligners means that there’s less control for the dentists to make movements. This means that in some cases, it can take up to 2 years. Now, that’s not the case for everything. If you have a very mild cases then your teeth could be straight in a matter of months.
The thing to watch out for is that some providers may suggest that with Invisalign you can get straight teeth ‘in as little as 3 months’. Now, that may be true… for a very small amount of mild cases. Being honest though, chances are that your case will be much longer than that.
Compare this to a clear, fixed brace alternative, such as Six Month Smiles, and you’ll see the average case to be 6 months. This is because fixed braces simply work faster than clear aligners in most cases.
Invisalign is more expensive (usually)
To save you heading out for price comparisons, you’ll usually pay a premium for Invisalign compared to similar alternatives. Here at Bamboo Dental, we also charge a little more for Invisalign. As a comparison here’s our teeth straightening prices: