Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, and the attribute they remember most. But does your smile really put your best face forward?

If you have an overbite, gaps, or crooked teeth alignment, you may be reluctant to show off your pearly whites. But these issues can be easily corrected.

Invisalign® and other clear braces have solved the smile problems of many people across the country. They may not be for everyone,  but they could be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Here are 8 Invisalign® pros and cons to help you decide whether this might be the way for you to get the smile you have always wanted.

Pros

1. Invisible

The most popular reason people choose clear braces is because they are hard to see. Adults love them, because they can go to work or on a date without being teased about being a metal mouth. Teens love them too, because they can take them out for important occasions like class pictures.

People rarely notice when you are wearing invisible braces, and you can always remove them for short periods of time if you feel self-conscious. After the initial treatment is completed, you may still wear your trays at night to keep your smile straight and sparkling.

No one will notice your invisible braces, but they definitely will notice the improvement when the treatment is done!

2. Affordable

Invisalign® is reasonably priced. Most treatments cost around $3500, and many offices will offer you pricing plans that let you pay over time.

Some insurance plans will cover at least part of your orthodontic treatment. If you have a Flexible Spending Account, the amount you put aside for healthcare-related expenses like dental care will be tax-free. This means you save an amount equal to the taxes you would have paid on the money you set aside for your clear braces.

3. Easy

Invisalign® is a relatively easy treatment.

The trays may be a little stiff at first,  but they are generally painless. Your visits to the orthodontist will just check on your progress, with little manipulation, pulling or scraping. You can even get initial assessments online!

As long as you are good about wearing your trays and keeping your teeth well brushed and flossed, Invisalign® produces fantastic results after about a year and a half.

4. Effective

If you have common dental issues like poor alignment, Invisalign® offers a fast, easy way to rectify the matter.

Many patients turn to this treatment because their teeth have moved back. They may have had braces years ago, but over time and without faithful retainer-wearing, old problems may resurface. Invisalign® provides a swift way to get back your previous smile with relatively little time and effort.

Cons

1. May Cause Lisping

Sometimes, when a patient is first fitted with clear braces, they find it hard to get their tongue around them. They may hear themselves stumbling over some words or even lisping.

This condition is usually temporary. Once you get used to the feeling of the trays, you will soon find yourself being able to talk smoothly while wearing them.

Of course, another advantage to this approach is that you can always take them out for a while (although it is recommended that you wear them for 18-20 hours per day at first). If you are giving a speech or have a job interview, just take out the trays.

2. Requires Good Hygiene

It takes a little effort to make sure your trays stay clean and bacteria-free. You need to use denture cleaners or specially made solutions or crystals to keep these devices sterile.

You also need to keep your teeth clean and flossed. Putting on the braces before brushing your teeth can trap food under them, causing stains and cavities. Make sure you do not eat or drink while wearing the braces, and try to avoid caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee or cola drinks.

3. May Not Be Covered by All Insurance

Invisalign® is generally considered a cosmetic treatment, unless you have a medical reason for needing your teeth straightened. That means you may not have insurance that will cover the cost.

As noted above, luckily this treatment is not overly expensive. Plus, many dental centers will offer special payment plans to allow you to pay off the costs over time.

Most patients find that the initial investment pays off in the long run. You will have more confidence when you can smile freely, and that is sure to have a positive effect on your professional and personal happiness.

4. Not Appropriate for All Conditions

Not all dental conditions are conducive to treatment with invisible braces. If you have a bridge, for example, Invisalign® may not be able to treat your issues. If you have porcelain veneers or crowns, you may not be able to use this treatment because the brand’s attachments cannot to bond to your teeth’s surface.

Complex cases that require the significant movement of teeth may need metal braces to achieve the desired outcome. If a molar has rotated over 20 degrees in a crowded mouth, plastic trays may not be able to move it into the desired position. If a tooth is tilted forward or backwards more than 45 degrees, Invisalign® may not be able to pull the tooth up into the right place.

Invisalign® is also not ideal for round, pegged teeth, or for extremely wide gaps. Clear braces can usually only close up to 6mm of space per arch.

However,  for general crowding, overbites, underbites and small gaps, invisible braces may be just the ticket.

Invisalign® Pros and Cons: What’s Best For You?

Deciding how to fix your teeth is a personal decision that should be made between you and your orthodontist. Consider your unique situation, in addition to your circumstances, budget, and lifestyle to see if Invisalign® might be right for you. Look at all the Invisalign® pros and cons: if you are like most people, you may find that this method is an easy and effective way to get your smile back.

Contact us to see if this approach is right for you.