Published On 18 Aug, 2022
Invisalign aligners are top-of-the-line orthodontic appliances that are widely used today for straightening teeth. If you are considering whether to choose Invisalign, go through some of its pros and cons listed below. Dr. Paul’s Dental Clinic has some of the best and most highly skilled professionals in Dubai who can guide you and draw out the best treatment plan to suit your case. Contact them and get a consultation today.
Invisalign aligners are a breakthrough in orthodontic dentistry. All the problems that anyone has ever had with wearing metal braces are now solved with Invisalign. The biggest one is the metal show that comes with wearing traditional metal braces. The aesthetic concern with wearing metal braces kept many adults from getting their teeth straightened due to their jobs and public dealings with clients.
Now, everyone is a candidate for Invisalign aligners, as long as they understand the conditions that come with wearing aligners and are committed to the treatment.
Invisalign aligners are sets of upper and lower clear plastic trays that exert consistent but gentle pressure on your teeth and bring them into their correct position. They come as a series of 15 or more sets of aligners that need to be changed every two weeks and must be worn for 22 hours of the day.
This is a huge win-win for Invisalign because nobody likes the metal show of wires and brackets running through their teeth. It was due to this reason that many adults and professionals would shy away from getting traditional orthodontic braces as they were concerned with their aesthetics. They would resist getting orthodontic treatment done because they did not want metallic braces on their teeth.
With the advantage of Invisalign, there is no problem with a metal show. They are clear plastic liners that fit snuggly onto the teeth, and you can barely tell that someone is wearing something on top of their teeth.
They can easily be removed and worn again by the patient and do not require to visit the dentist. Since they are plastic trays that are designed to fit snugly onto your teeth, they stay in place when worn and can be removed easily by lifting them from the back molars simultaneously.
Since they are easy to remove and put back on so, there are no limitations with the diet. With metallic braces, there are restrictions on not being able to bite into foods such as burgers and pizza as they tend to get stuck onto the wires and brackets. With Invisalign, you are free to eat whatever you want as long as you remove your aligners and put them back on once you are done eating.
Since the treatment is patient-dependent, you are not required to make frequent trips to the dental clinic unless specified in your treatment plan. The patient is given all their sets of aligners, which they must change every two weeks.
Patients must see their dentist every two weeks with metal braces for wire tightening or wire cutting. There are loose brackets or lost brackets sometimes which need to be rebonded. None of that is required with Invisalign aligners.
Patients are free to travel out of the country without worrying about missing their appointments and disrupting their treatment progress.
Invisalign aligners are clear and transparent and are barely noticeable. No one can even tell that the patient is wearing anything on top of their teeth.
Invisalign aligners do not interfere with speech, and the patient can carry on with their normal daily routine.
Aligners are easy to clean. Once removed, they just need rinsing and light brushing with your toothbrush and can then be placed back on the teeth. The patients do not require any special orthodontic brushes and can brush their teeth as they normally did before. They can floss easily as well and can rewear their aligners.
Invisalign aligners need to be worn 22 hours of the day with only 2 hours of a break during which the patient can remove them while eating meals. This is extremely important for the process to work successfully. If the trays are not worn consistently, then the subsequent set of trays would not fit, and hence the treatment would fail.
Drinking hot beverages such as tea and coffee are not advised as this can distort the plastic aligners. While it is okay to consume hot beverages while wearing metallic braces, it is not advisable to do that with aligners.
According to research, Invisalign aligners may not be suitable for very complex cases and would sometimes need other orthodontic aids.
Not Advised For People Who Are Frequent Snackers and Sippers
Since you cannot eat or sip sugary or hot drinks with aligners on, people who like to snack a lot would have to cut down on these habits. This is because it would interfere with the Invisalign wearing time.
Since all orthodontic treatments are expensive and time-consuming, it is important to go with the best treatment plan for your particular case. It is best to consult with skilled and trained professionals to decide the best plan for you. Our expert team of professionals at Dr. Paul’s Dental Clinic would be more than happy to assist you, open six days a week; you may walk in or call and make an appointment.