The aligners are customized to the size of your mouth and teeth to correct crooked teeth, gaps in between teeth, and overbites, without pain or the unattractiveness of metal braces. There is one other alternative to conventional braces called lingual braces – these are braces that are placed behind the teeth making them almost invisible to others.
Invisalign has many advantages over traditional metal braces- cosmetically they are much more attractive. The aligners are 100 percent transparent and cannot be seen by others unlike the wires and brackets of common braces. Invisalign is removable as well, making it much easier to enjoy eating and drinking. Traditional braces over time have been found to shorten the roots of teeth and increase tooth decay drastically. Invisalign uses less force in straightening the teeth than braces and can be switched out every two weeks for a new set.
Aligners are easily removed and should be removed for brushing, eating and drinking. Because you can remove the aligners, you do not have to limit what you eat. When your dentist fits you with traditional braces, you have to be more cautious with what you consume.
With the advancements in dentistry, the process of Invisalign only takes about 12 to 18 months, traditional braces can take anywhere from 3 to 5 years. In many studies, Invisalign produced straighter teeth in half the time with a much more enjoyable experience throughout the process.
There are however some disadvantages to Invisalign. After eating, your teeth and the aligners must be cleaned before being put back in. The fact that you can so easily remove the aligners makes it easy to leave them out for longer periods of time, not only for eating and cleaning, meaning they are not always applied and not continually correcting the teeth like traditional braces which are permanent and moving the teeth constantly. For Invisalign to be effective, they rely solely on the patients commitment of wearing the aligners for a minimum of 20 hours a day.
Invisalign can also be a bit pricey, sometimes more expensive than metal braces- the price is set by the orthodontist or doctor. Fees can range from 3,000 to 9,000 dollars- the price varies by the area the doctor is located and the condition of the individual’s teeth.
There are many advantages and a few disadvantages to Invisalign – the choice is ultimately up to the consumer. It is easy to find out if Invisalign is right for you- many orthodontists offer free consultation and can quickly tell which process is right for you.