If you’re thinking about straightening your smile, you’ve probably discovered that there are several options available. Which orthodontic treatment option is right for you? Are braces best? Or is Invisalign for you? Let’s dig into the advantages and disadvantages of invisalign aligners to help you determine if invisalign is the best option for your needs.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are newer to the orthodontic scene than traditional braces, but they’ve still been around for over two decades. Invisalign aligners are made of clear, thin BPA-free plastic and fit over your teeth to help bring them into better alignment. Throughout treatment, you’ll typically receive many different aligners in progression, as your teeth move into their proper place.

What’s the Difference Between Invisalign and Braces?

Unlike traditional metal braces, invisalign aligners are clear and, like their name suggests, almost invisible. They are also removable while eating meals or brushing and flossing your teeth. These advantages can add up to a lot more convenience compared to braces, which is why many people choose invisalign aligners.

Braces still have some advantages, though. Due to not being removable, it is less likely that they will be lost, which can prolong treatment times. It may also be tempting to forget or simply neglect to wear invisalign aligners as much as recommended. Braces can also be used on younger teens and children who may not be ready for invisalign aligners.

Does Invisalign Have Limitations?

There are some cases where it is necessary to get traditional braces in order to correct a problem with an overbite, underbite or crossbite or if teeth are significantly twisted, crowded or overlapping. In these cases, the answer to the question, “Is invisalign for you?” is probably no, at least not at this time. However, invisalign can treat many cases, so it’s important to talk to your orthodontist to have your teeth evaluated and get a professional opinion about which options are available for you.

Ask Your Orthodontist About Invisalign

If invisalign is an option you’re considering, it’s a good idea to make an appointment for a consultation and conversation with your orthodontist. Whether the answer to “Is invisalign for you?” is yes or no, your orthodontist will be able to provide the necessary information to help you assess your situation, lifestyle and budget to empower you to find the orthodontic treatment option that is best for you.

Call our Woodward Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.