Invisalign is now synonymous with clear braces, and it’s hard to find an orthodontist who doesn’t offer these discreet aligners.
There’s a lot to like about Invisalign: it’s almost invisible, you can remove your aligners to eat and drink, and it’s endorsed by millions of patients worldwide.
It sounds amazing, but are there any downsides that future patients should be mindful of?
You May Not Be Suitable For Invisalign:
If you’re suitable for orthodontic treatment, there’s a high chance you’ll be a good candidate for Invisalign braces. However, for a small minority, Invisalign isn’t the best option, and you’ll be pointed towards fixed braces.
Some of the concerns that Invisalign could struggle to treat include teeth that are very rotated, large gaps or significant bite problems.
You’ll Probably Need Attachments:
Unless you’ve done lots of research, Invisalign attachments could come as a surprise. These small tooth-coloured buttons are attached to your teeth during your treatment. Your aligners use them as handles to move your teeth.
If you need a lot of attachments, they can make your aligners more visible. Your orthodontist will show you where and when they’ll be placed on your teeth before you begin your transformation.
You Could Develop A Lisp:
Your aligners are going to feel a bit odd at first. Some people adjust very quickly, while others can be left wondering if they’ve made a terrible mistake.
Sometimes, aligners can cause a lisp. Thankfully, this is usually temporary and should improve over the next few days, providing you keep talking.
You Risk Losing Your Braces:
Removable braces are fantastic for some patients. You’ll probably love the convenience of taking your aligners out to enjoy food with friends. Meanwhile, your dentist will love that you can remove your aligners to give your teeth a good brush and floss.
Unfortunately, with this freedom comes great responsibility. If you misplace your aligners, your orthodontist may need to order new ones, which could set your treatment back. Always carry your aligner case with you to store your aligners safely.
Your Clear Aligners Could Discolour:
Your aligners will arrive crystal-clear but can quickly discolour if you don’t take extra care. It’s essential to take your aligners out to eat and drink (water’s okay). Always brush your teeth before you put them back in.
You can purchase special cleaning tablets to give your aligners a thorough clean. Never brush your aligners with toothpaste – it’s slightly abrasive, so it can scratch your aligners and make them more visible.
Your Teeth Might Not Move As Expected:
Before you start your treatment, your orthodontist will show you your ClinCheck. This 3D simulation will show you how your teeth are expected to move and where they will end up.
This is your projected outcome, and your actual result could be slightly different. You might need to wear extra aligners to refine your new smile. Choosing an experienced orthodontist will help you to get the result you want.
Is Invisalign Worth It?:
Even with these potential pitfalls, Invisalign is still an excellent way to straighten your teeth. You can overcome most of these disadvantages if you choose a provider with a good reputation and follow their advice to the letter.
Always do your research, and if you can, visit a few clinicians for a consultation.
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