Pros and Cons of Invisalign® Braces

March 1, 2021 Kalamazoo Smiles

invisalign braces kalamazoo mi dentistWish you could straighten your smile without traditional metal braces? Ask Dr. Bandos if you’re a candidate for Invisalign®. As the name suggests, Invisalign braces are nearly invisible aligners that fit over your teeth.

As the aligners exert pressure on your teeth, they move little by little into their optimal positions.

Here’s what you need to know about the pros and cons of Invisalign braces.

Pro: Continue Eating Your Favorite Foods

One of the main disadvantages of metal braces is that you can’t eat foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew. Otherwise, you risk damaging your metal brackets and wires. But Invisalign is removable, so you don’t have this problem.

Instead, you’re able to remove your aligners right before you eat so you can continue eating your favorite foods during orthodontic treatment. The only catch is that you’ll need to brush your teeth after eating so you don’t stain your clear aligners.

We also recommend that you always keep your aligners in their special container when they’re not in your mouth. There are too many stories of patients who accidentally placed their aligners on a napkin or lunch tray, only to throw them away.

Likewise, we don’t recommend cramming your aligners in your purse or pocket. This will bend your Invisalign braces out of shape.

Pro: Invisalign is Discreet

Many of our patients appreciate that Invisalign is clear and discreet. Unless someone is standing close to you, they probably won’t even realize that you’re wearing your aligners.

This makes Invisalign perfect for people who would feel self-conscious of having metal braces on their teeth. Invisalign is also great for people who want to maintain a professional appearance at work.

Pro: Invisalign May Improve Your Dental Health

It’s hard to brush and floss crooked teeth. Also, patients with bite issues may experience discomfort while eating or wear away the enamel on the biting surfaces of their teeth. No matter your unique circumstances, Invisalign can help greatly improve your oral health in the long run.

Also, keep in mind that it’s easier to practice good dental hygiene with Invisalign because it’s removable. Metal braces force you to thread the floss between each individual bracket, which is a hassle.

Con: You’ll Need a Lot of Self-Discipline

In order for Invisalign to work, you’ll need to consistently wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours per day. Otherwise, your teeth won’t move according to schedule and you’ll fall behind on your treatment plan.

To be a candidate for Invisalign, you’ll need to possess enough self-discipline to wear your aligners as directed by Dr. Bandos. That’s why we only recommend Invisalign for teens and adults—not children.

We recommend that you keep your eyes on the prize by remembering why you wanted Invisalign treatment. Find a reason to stay motivated and imagine how beautiful your smile will look when you’re finally done.

Learn More About Invisalign Braces

Dr. Katherine Bandos is a trusted Invisalign dentist in Kalamazoo, MI. As such, she would be more than happy to determine if you’re a candidate for clear aligners. To request a consultation, call Kalamazoo Smiles at (269) 353-3700.

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