Invisalign offers several advantages that conventional metal braces simply cannot offer.
Unlike metal braces, these clear plastic aligners are less conspicuous and other people will hardly notice that you are wearing one. This advantage is appealing for kids and teens who may find the metal brackets and wires used in conventional braces embarrassing to be seen with.
These aligners can be easily removed. This also means that they can be easily cleaned. Eating is not a major problem either when you opt for Invisalign. With metal braces, on the other hand, you have to be mindful of the food you eat and you have to put in extra effort to clean your teeth.
Metal braces have wire and brackets that may sometimes scratch the inside of the cheeks and gums. Invisalign, on the other hand, is fabricated to eliminate sharp or protruding edges.
But despite these benefits, Invisalign does have quite a few limitations and may not be suitable for all people.
Before a patient can undergo Invisalign treatment, an orthodontist has to examine him and recommend him as a good candidate for it. There may be some patients who are thinking of getting clear aligners but have to be turned down because their specific oral condition cannot be solved by using Invisalign.
Invisalign works best for minor to moderate orthodontic problems, unlike conventional braces that can be used to effectively address numerous orthodontic issues. If you opt for clear aligners when metal braces are clearly the better choice, this can lead to the waste of your time and money—and in some instances, the worsening of your problem.
Invisalign is not recommended in certain situations:
Your dentist will not recommend these aligners if your teeth are severely rotated. If your teeth are rotated more than 20 degrees, your dentist may recommend metal braces instead.
Invisalign does not work well with impacted teeth as well as for bite problems which come as a result of malpositioned back teeth. For the latter, using Invisalign can worsen the problem.
If there is a significant gap between your teeth, your dentist will recommend metal braces. Invisalign is more suited for closing together smaller gaps which do not exceed six millimeters.
Finally, Invisalign is not recommended for severe overbites.
Here at All Smiles Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry, our goal is to provide our patients the best solutions for their oral health problem. This begins with a consultation where we discuss the best available treatment options, and then we proceed with the right treatment that will help you achieve the best results.