If you’re starting to look around for an Invisalign dentist then you’ve almost certainly started to think about teeth alignment, and perhaps you have also considered how an Invisalign dentist can help through the use of invisible braces. Perhaps you have come across this article because you have read about the benefits offered by clear braces, such as the fact that they are virtually undetectable, very comfortable, don’t affect your speech, can easily be removed any time, achieve a more accurate and predictable end result and take around half the time of normal braces.
Once you’ve read through that list of benefits then it doesn’t take a genius to work out that what Invisalign can offer is worlds away from the traditional, uncomfortable and unflattering braces often worn for years at a time. But the problem is that to go from reading about the many benefits and advantages of invisible braces to looking for a local Invisalign dentist who can offer the treatment is to miss out one very important step.
Going from the advantages to seeking a dentist who is able to provide the Invisalign teeth alignment treatment is to miss out spending time understanding why many people every year choose not to take advantage of Invisalign. You may notice that there are still plenty of people who are wearing traditional metal braces, and whilst in some cases the reason is simply cost, since obviously traditional metal braces are less expensive, many people every year decide that in spite of all the many benefits which they have to offer, clear braces from Invisalign aren’t for them.
If you’ve reached this article because you’ve gone straight from the benefits to looking for an Invisalign dentist then stop, and take two minutes to find out the two main reasons why people decide that clear braces aren’t for them.
The first thing to be aware of is that invisible braces can easily be removed at any time. Many people see this as an advantage, and indeed being able to discreetly and easily remove the braces at any time can offer several benefits, including being able to brush and floss your teeth more effectively, eat and drink certain foods more easily, and pose for close up photographs with more confidence, but there is a serious drawback.
If you’re the sort of person who has a will of iron, and when offered a plateful of chocolate biscuits politely refuses without any problem, then you’ll be fine. But if you find that temptation is your weakness you could find yourself removing the braces, and then accidentally on purpose forgetting to put them back in for a while. It might not seem too important, but because of the unique way in which Invisalign braces work, if you don’t keep them in for at least 23 hours out of every 24 hour period, your teeth may start to return to their former position, and you won’t be able to get the braces back in. This is the first reason why some people feel that they aren’t the solution for them, so what’s the second reason?
With normal braces you’re fitted at the start of the teeth alignment process, and that’s it for ages. However, with Invisalign braces you’ll need to go back after just two weeks, and have another set fitted. Then again two weeks later. And again. And again. In fact you’ll usually need to revisit your Invisalign dentist every two weeks throughout the entire process. For some people this is too much to bear, and so the age old alternative is a better choice. However, if you feel that these two issues don’t worry you, then you may well feel that you’re ready to go ahead. If you have any concerns though, it’s best to find out more now, before you find yourself regretting your decision.