Invisalign are non-invasive and very effective, but like all dental braces, Invisalign aligners work only while in your mouth. Unlike traditional braces which are bonded to the teeth, Invisalign aligners can be removed at mealtime or when you need to brush your teeth. That means, the success of your Invisalign treatment depends greatly on making sure that the aligners stay in your mouth the rest of the time, and that includes during sleep.
The compliance factor is one thing that should be considered when choosing Invisalign over traditional braces. Adults who socialise a lot or teens who find metal braces or clear braces that stick out, embarrassing and cumbersome are good candidates for Invisalign.
Aesthetic standpoint aside, there is also less risk of developing cavities with Invisalign, than with non-removable traditional braces. This is because with the latter, food particles may get stuck in the wires or brackets. This is especially problematic for teens who often neglect to brush their teeth.
Moreover, Invisalign doesn’t put restrictions on your diet unlike conventional braces wherein sticky and hard foods are a no-no. You can eat practically anything you like; just make sure to remove your Invisalign aligners and put them back in after you have cleaned your mouth thoroughly. Also, metal wires and brackets may cause irritation to the inside of the lips, cheeks and tongue – problems that are generally nonexistent with Invisalign. Having the plastic trays in your mouth does take some getting used to, but after a few days, you can forget they are even there.