Invisalign is the name of custom, clear aligners that are designed to help straighten your teeth. Many people are choosing Invisalign treatment over traditional braces because they are nearly invisible as opposed to metal braces. Though research is still being conducted regarding the effectiveness of Invisalign aligners, they are becoming more and more popular. But…are they safe to put in your mouth?
Again, there is still ongoing research happening around Invisalign treatment, but we’ll outline what we do know.
What are Invisalign aligners made of?
Invisalign trays are made of plastic called SmartTrack. SmartTrack is patented medical grade plastic that encourages your teeth to straighten themselves in a gentle, noninvasive way.
What are braces made of?
Braces are made from a variety of materials such as metal (most popular and least expensive), ceramics, combination of metal and ceramics, or plastics.
What are the cons of Invisalign compared to braces?
- Need to be disciplined – Unlike braces, one of the appeals to Invisalign trays is how easy they are to remove. Before you eat and brush your teeth, you’ll be able to take them out to eat and effectively brush. While it is a benefit that braces don’t offer, you have to be disciplined enough to put the aligners back in your mouth. It is recommended to leave your aligners in for 22 hours a day or else you won’t see the results you were hoping for.
- Not as effective in some cases – Invisalign results have been known to vary between patients depending on how disciplined they are and how serious their dental issues are. Though Invisalign claims their aligners can address largee issues such as underbite, overbite, crossbite, and more, these claims have been questioned.
- Invisalign treatment is costly – It may seem like Invisalign is an inexpensive alternative to braces, but in some cases it can be around the same price. It depends on the dental needs you are looking to address with Invisalign.
- Inconvenient – A big drawback to Invisalign trays is how often you need to take them out. Anytime you eat or drink a beverage other than water, you will need to take out your aligners. This means you’ll have to carry your Invisalign case with you and take them out in public, unlike braces.
What are the risks associated with Invisalign?
As we previously mentioned, Invisalign research is still being conducted but what we do know is that it’s largely up to you. Both Invisalign and braces have associated risks when it comes to your dental health. If you are not practicing good oral hygiene, food and bacteria can easily build up and cause your enamel to break down, resulting in cavities and even gum disease.
Is Invisalign treatment right for you?
Invisalign treatment may not be right for everyone, so be sure to do your own research, talk to your dentist, and choose the best option for your lifestyle. Please give us a call at (574) 269-1787 or contact us here so we can set up a consultation or a dental checkup for you!