Pros and Cons of Invisalign

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Invisalign® is a popular orthodontic treatment known for its ability to straighten teeth in a quick, discreet manner. Often times, this factor alone is enough to convince people to choose Invisalign over the metal alternative. While appearance is important, it’s best to fully explore your options and make sure Invisalign is the correct treatment for you. We’ve compiled a few pros and cons of Invisalign to help you make an informed decision.


The most notable benefit of Invisalign is that it uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth. Many people want to avoid the embarrassment of metal braces, so clear aligners allow you to confidently straighten your smile. The aligners are removable when you eat or drink, meaning you don’t have to make significant diet changes to accommodate metal wires and brackets. Additionally, Invisalign typically works faster than the traditional metal alternative and requires less trips to the dentist. Metal braces often require more adjustments and visits to the doctor if you are experiencing discomfort.


For optimal results, it is recommended you wear your Invisalign aligners anywhere between 20 to 22 hours per day. Considering you can’t drink colored beverages or eat with your aligners in, you have little time for eating and drinking on a daily basis. Attending a dinner with friends can easily take up half of your allocated time for eating throughout the day. With that being said, you must brush your teeth after every meal to ensure your teeth are clean before placing the aligners back on. This avoids staining and trapping food underneath your aligners. Speaking of staining, any colored lipsticks or lip glosses could stain your aligners as well.

While these considerations may seem miniscule in the grand scheme of straightening your smile, they can become deciding factors. If you’re still unsure, try reading reviews by people whose lifestyles most closely align with yours. As always, our team at Artistic Dentistry is always willing to answer any of your questions or schedule an initial consultation with you. Contact us today!

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