Invisalign has become a popular choice for straightening teeth thanks to its discreet, removable form. For those of us who had braces as kids, we may not have particularly fond memories of the feeling of metal in our mouths. But for adults whose teeth are gradually becoming more crooked, many of us have to ask: is Invisalign worth it?
A bright, aligned smile makes us more confident in the workplace and in our personal lives. For those who aren’t willing to get metal braces, Invisalign can be an attractive alternative.
However, Invisalign isn’t right for everyone, and requires a greater deal of commitment. Seeing a dental specialist is the best way to know whether you are a good fit, and don’t require more extensive tooth alignment.
Is Invisalign a good fit for your dental needs, and is it worth paying for it if you only have minor tooth misalignment? In this blog, we break down everything you need to make the right decision.
What is Invisalign?
True to its name, Invisalign is a translucent orthodontic treatment that is noticeably less visible than their metal counterparts. Invisalign clear aligners are FDA approved and contain no BPA, BPS, latex or gluten. They are thin, clear, and fit snugly over your teeth, making them virtually invisible. Invisalign can be used to close gaps in teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and crowded teeth.
Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation with an Invisalign-trained doctor. Using the iTero Element scanner, your Invisalign doctor can take a fast and precise 3D digital scan of your teeth and map out a precise, customized digital treatment plan that showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile.
Is Invisalign Worth It? A List of Pros and Cons
Invisalign treatment typically costs about the same as braces. Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment the same way they cover braces. Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry also offers financing through Care Credit. Additionally, you can use your FSA or HSA to pay for Invisalign treatment using tax-free dollars.
While they are removable, for the best results, wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, taking them out just for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
While Invisalign is significantly less noticeable than braces, your treatment may require attachments, small tooth-colored shapes that are attached to your teeth. These attachments will help keep the Invisalign aligners firmly attached at all times.
Invisalign also requires you to brush after every meal. This can be a great way to develop good dental hygiene, but also requires you to bring a toothbrush and toothpaste with you whenever you go out to eat a meal.
Cleaning Your Invisalign
Much like a mouth guard, Invisalign require routine cleaning after each use. Failing to do so can cause them to turn an unsightly yellow that is difficult to remove.
For coffee-drinkers and people who are always on the go, Invisalign wearers might find themselves frustrated by these limitations. As people get used to wearing Invisalign, they might find themselves speaking with a slight lisp – jobs that require a great deal of public speaking can grow frustrated by this.
Protecting Your Invisalign Braces
Traditional braces require you to visit the orthodontist on a monthly or bi-monthly basis to ensure that there is no damage. With Invisalign, you’ll likely schedule face-to-face check-ups every 6-8 weeks to check your progress and pick up the next batch of aligners
However, because Invisalign is made of plastic, they are less durable than their metal counterparts. Keeping them sealed in their case when they are not being used is strongly advised.
Invisalign Requires a Greater Commitment Than Metal Braces
With so many aesthetic benefits to Invisalign braces, you might wonder why kids don’t get them more often.
This comes down to the level of commitment required to use them.
Invisalign was previously only used in very minor tooth misalignment, but has seen increased usage among more severe tooth misalignment. However, it requires that you clean them regularly and stick to the routine. Because they are more expensive, Invisalign is only really recommended for adult wear.
Is Invisalign worth it? It depends on whether you can commit to wearing them. Many adults love the convenience factor, but it requires work to maintain good dental hygiene.
If you’re wondering whether Invisalign is right for you, schedule an appointment with Treasured Smiles Adult & Cosmetic Dentistry. We can help you determine whether Invisalign is a suitable option for your dental health.