If you are an older teen or adult who requires some orthodontics to fix the alignment of your teeth or to adjust your natural bite, you might dread the idea of braces. Most people dislike the look and feel of them, but fortunately, there is a great alternative in the use of Invisalign. At Henrickson Dental in Maplewood, MN, we encourage our patients to consider all of the options, and to weight them against one another. One way we do this is to be sure all patients understand the Invisalign pros and cons.
As your chosen dentist in Maplewood, we would be remiss to encourage you to use one form of orthodontics without a complete picture of each option. While we will naturally explain traditional braces with you, we also want you to consider the Invisalign pros and cons because this technology is so appealing and effective.
Our Invisalign specialist will gladly review the different Invisalign pros and cons during a consult, be let’s summarize key points here.
On the “pros” side, Invisalign is not clear braces. There are no wires or brackets, and this makes them far more comfortable. They are nearly invisible to the eye, and you can take them out for up to two hours per day to eat, drink beverages other than water and to perform regular oral hygiene. They work at the same rate and can handle almost all of the same issues as classic braces. They enable much better oral hygiene, too, and even allow fewer office visits without any need for adjustments.
If we are to consider any “cons”, they are very limited. One of the most common is the fact that your progress is in your hands because it is up to you to wear them long enough each day. If you fail to do so, it means a much longer period of time to correct the alignment. Also, some describe them as costlier, but this is not always the case and it can easily be that your treatment is the same with Invisalign as it might be with braces.
These are the most common Invisalign pros and cons, and as you can see, it is a good idea to discuss this more modern treatment option with our team. Are you interested in learning more? If so, feel free to give us a call at our Maplewood, MN office at 651-777-8900. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.