Many people come to their dentists asking about the possibility of using Invisalign. Their appeal is obvious. After all, wouldn’t it be better to have braces that are invisible, than have braces that are not?

If you are investigating your options for braces, consult your dentist with any questions or concerns. Below, we have put together a quick list of some of the pros and cons of wearing Invisalign to help you articulate the questions you may want to bring to our American Dental Care of Newark office.

The Benefits of Invisalign

A list of some of the advantages of Invisalign, leading with the most well-known and obvious one:

  • Invisalign are almost invisible. While they’re not quite literally invisible, they are rarely detected by others. Invisalign has been commonplace for quite a few years now, and are popular with adults and even some teens. However, it is unlikely you have ever noticed somebody wearing them. This is most likely because, when encountering those wearing them, the braces were too subtle to be noticed.
  • You can remove them at your leisure. Invisalign can be removed whenever necessary, not unlike a mouthguard.
  • It will be easier to keep your teeth clean. Because Invisalign is removable, you will have no difficulties brushing and flossing your teeth. This is a great advantage when compared with traditional metal braces, whose frames can make daily flossing and brushing more complicated.
  • Invisalign is frequently more comfortable to wear. Though a new set of Invisalign can cause discomfort for the first few days, they are still often more comfortable than metal braces, whose frames can occasionally cut the inside of one’s mouth.

Some Downsides of Invisalign

However, Invisalign can have its disadvantages when compared to traditional braces:

  • There are some problems Invisalign cannot correct. Though they can fix a multitude of alignment issues, Invisalign is not always advised for some more complex problems, such as deep underbites or rotated incisors. Generally, Invisalign tends to produce more successful results with milder-to-moderate malocclusions.
  • You’ll have to brush and floss after eating. Because Invisalign fits somewhat like a mouthguard, it is essential that no food particles remain in your teeth while wearing them. Otherwise, the trapped particles can cause decay or infection. To prevent such issues, wearers must remove their Invisalign whenever eating or drinking fluids other than water, as well as brush and floss thoroughly before putting the braces back in.

Do you have any questions or concerns about getting Invisalign? Schedule an appointment with American Dental Care of Newark today by calling us at 973-453-9088.