Pros and Cons of Invisalign

This article will explain:
• The story behind Invisalign
• Detail its pros and cons
• Let you know if you’re a good candidate for it
• Share why we recommend using Invisalign over traditional metal braces

Why Invisalign?

In 1999, an adult orthodontics patient created the concept of wearing a series of replaceable retainers that could adjust your teeth in less time than traditional braces.

Since then, Invisalign has been the preferred method for invisibly straightening over a half-million people’s teeth.

invisalign-smileWhat Are the Pros and Cons of Wearing Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces?

The benefits of using Invisalign far outweigh any disadvantages. They include:

• Invisalign is a series of custom-molded, removable aligners that you change about every two weeks.

• By changing from one mold to the next, you’re moving your teeth into the proper position that your dentist has prescribed, little by little, week by week, mold by mold.

• Invisalign is comfortable to wear, discreet and virtually invisible. People won’t even notice that you’re wearing clear removable aligners to fix your teeth.

• Invisalign aligners––unlike traditional braces––are removable, so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss as usual.

• Invisalign lets you eat whatever foods you enjoy, such as corn on the cob, popcorn, hard taco shells, hard and sticky candy, gum, ice, corn chips, pretzels, hard cookies and crackers, sticky or hard chocolate.

• Invisalign may take less time to straighten your teeth than traditional braces and achieve optimal results. A typical patient takes about a year, with fewer visits to the dentist to check your progress.

• 92% of teens feel that wearing metal braces would keep them from fitting in with their peers.

• Invisalign does not contain sharp metal that can irritate your cheeks, gums and lips.

• The cost of Invisalign is similar to that of traditional metal braces.

• Dental insurance covers up to $3,500 of Invisalign treatment, which is equal or less than the cost of metal braces.

• Best of all, Invisalign is virtually undetectable, making it a perfect product for teens and adults of all ages.

The disadvantages of Invisalign include:

• For some patients, Invisalign is not always the best choice for straightening your teeth, especially if you have severe malocclusions, tooth/dental issues, are an unmotivated patient, or have an increase potential for tooth decay.

smile-invisalignWho Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign for Straight Teeth Without Braces?

Just about any child, teen or adult who needs to have their teeth straightened is a potential candidate for Invisalign.

If you want to correct an overbite, an underbite, a teeth spacing issue, a crowding issue, a crossbite issue, or want generally straighter teeth, Invisalign is a great solution.

We find that we can treat the vast majority of common problems for our patients with Invisalign. It can also save you time with fewer visits to the office than traditional metal braces.

Finally, Embarcadero 4 Dental has achieved a significant level of experience in treated patients with the Invisalign system.

What More Information About What is Invisalign?

Now that you know about the pros and cons of Invisalign, we’d be happy to discuss the next steps in deciding if they are right for you. Since 1986, the female dentists at Embarcadero 4 Dental have provided excellence in dentistry by offering the highest quality care in a state-of-the-art office equipped with the latest technology.

Contact us today online or call 415.576.9800 to schedule your initial appointment with one of our dentists.