Pros and Cons of Invisalign

Pros and Cons of Invisalign
Posted on 11/11/2019

At Lindsey Orthodontics, our mission is to help patients throughout Griffin and Locust Grove, GA achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. We understand that every patient is different and we're proud to offer a variety of treatment options to our patients, but one of our most popular alternative treatments to braces is Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign aligners are a unique form of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten the teeth instead of brackets and wires, and achieving a new smile through Invisalign comes with a number of unique advantages and disadvantages. 

The Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign uses a unique method to straighten the teeth that eliminate the need for the brackets and wires of traditional braces, instead of using custom-made trays called aligners that fit directly over the teeth. Thanks to their unique construction, Invisalign aligners come with a variety of benefits compared with traditional treatments like braces:

  • Virtually Invisible: Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible when worn and won't show up in pictures. 
  • No Dietary Restrictions: Because you remove the aligners to eat, you won't need to avoid any foods like you would with braces. 
  • Easy Oral Hygiene: Invisalign makes it as easy as ever to keep teeth clean during treatment. 
  • Improved Comfort: The smooth, flat surface of the aligners doesn't cause cuts and scrapes in the mouth as braces do. 

The Disadvantages of Invisalign

Invisalign is a highly convenient treatment option for those seeking a discreet way to achieve a new smile, but it's not without its drawbacks. Here are a few of the biggest disadvantages of straightening your teeth with Invisalign:

  • Not for Everyone: While we can treat most patients with Invisalign, there are some malocclusions that still require braces or more involved treatments to fix. 
  • Easier to Forget: Having removable aligners is a blessing and a curse, as you'll need to wear them for the full 20 to 22 hours per day to be effective. If you have trouble wearing your aligners enough, it can slow down tooth movement and derail your treatment. 

Schedule a Consultation with Lindsey Orthodontics Today!

Invisalign is one of the most convenient, aesthetically pleasing orthodontic treatment options on the market, and if you'd like to find out if Invisalign is right for you, we'd love to help. Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign and to schedule your consultation at one of our two convenient offices. We can't wait to hear from you!