What are the Untold Invisalign Disadvantages, Negatives, and Cons?
Today’s orthodontics offers both effective and affordable treatment plans, with the help of a number of orthodontic appliances. Although Invisalign is clear and almost invisible appliance it has some disadvantages that need to be considered before your orthodontic care decision. Invisalign offers orthodontic treatment for teens and adults. In today’s article, we’ll discuss the effects of Invisalign, its possible negatives as well as positives.
What is an Invisalign Appliance?
Invisalign is a clear aligner, used to correct moderate to less severe orthodontic issues. Applicable in adults and teenagers, it is a great alternative to a traditional braces treatment. While clear aligners offers a longer treatment process, it adds comfort and practicality to the treatment. Easy to wear and maintain, Invisalign aligners can be a great way to correct a variety of Class II malocclusions.
What do Invisalign aligners treat?
As an orthodontic appliance, Invisalign aligners are used to treat a handful of malocclusions. Some of them include issues like:
- Upper and bottom teeth crowding
- Underbite and crossbite
- Exaggerated overbite
- Teeth misplacement and misalignment
- Tightness in the upper and lower arch
- Dental midlines
- A protrusion on the upper and lower teeth and jaw
- Lip incompetence
- A distorted or crooked smile
- Open bite
- Improper teeth rotation
- Deviated midline problems
- Flared teeth spacing
Invisalign Disadvantages, Negatives, Cons
Prior to making Invisalign comparisons and conclusions, there are several things you ought to know on this appliance.
More attachments than initially believed.
If you decide to undergo treatment, the treatment may include more attachment than you thought. These attachments can be ridges in the color of your teeth. These ridges feel like brackets and are attached to the orthodontic device. The attachments help the teeth stay unmoving and steady, giving you splendid Invisalign before and after results.
As the attachments match the color of your tooth enamel, they are not visible when you wear the appliance.
You will have to wear it for 22 hours a day.
To truly deliver that Invisalign before and after impact, you will need to wear the appliance for 22 hours a day, minimum. Many patients wear the device to work as it is not visible, and some wear it during sleep as well. You can take the appliance out when eating or drinking, but otherwise, it is best you have it on at all times.
Invisalign may cause weight loss.
Another way to recognize the Invisalign before and after difference is to measure your body weight. Given the fact that you should wear the appliance for at least 22 hours a day, you only get 2 meals a day. If your teeth are sore, might feel slight discomfort when taking the appliance out, so making more breaks will actually hurt your treatment. However, when you cannot eat as much, you regulate your weight. With this, you might find yourself missing a few pounds once the treatment is completed.
No lip cosmetics.
This one is for the ladies undergoing an Invisalign treatment, but it is an important aspect to note nonetheless. Lipsticks, colored lip balms, and related products can easily stain Invisalign. Therefore, it is recommended you steer clear of bold lipsticks for a while.
Keeping your nails.
Manicures are not the best route to take when it comes to wearing Invisalign. Oftentimes, you will need your nails to remove the appliance more easily, so it is advised you keep them longer. If you have painted nails, some of the paint might get stuck in the appliance, making it difficult to clean.
It is true that everyone wants the ‘wow’ effects of Invisalign before and after photos. However, many patients find it socially uncomfortable wearing the appliance publicly. Still, Invisalign is a clear aligner that is not as visible, which makes it easier to wear it when out and about.
Frequent teeth brushing.
Brushing is very important for maintaining your teeth healthy and your Invisalign protected. Being attentive and committed when brushing your teeth is also relevant to successful treatment. When wearing an orthodontic appliance, food gets stuck in it, forming a plaque. Therefore, you will need to pick up on the brushing and do it several times a day. Otherwise, you are risking teeth damage. Along with brushing, you should also floss regularly and gargle a solution.
When brushing, make sure you choose an extra-soft toothbrush, so you avoid gum irritation.
As Invisalign is a clear aligner, it is very easy to stain it with colored drinks, like coffee or tea. This is yet another reason to keep the teeth hygiene immaculate. Cleaning crystals/tablets such as Polident can remove the build up and make them clean again.
Invisalign and cold water.
If you wear Invisalign, you will likely only drink cold water or sparkling water to the very least. Drinking hot beverages can damage the appliance, and may distort its attachments. The same goes for sugar-infused drinks and alcohol, all of which can stain or damage the aligners.
No teeth whitening.
Although we all crave the full Invisalign before and after effects, teeth whitening would be impossible during treatment. This is particularly true if you also wear attachments on your device. At the same time, this preserves your enamel, so it can be also counted as a benefit.
The Invisalign refinement.
When wearing Invisalign, there may be a need for extra aligners. This means that after wearing the orthodontic appliance for some time, you will have to refine your teeth and get new aligners. These refinement aligners help hold stubborn teeth in places, as treatment comes to an end.
To see whether you are an eligible candidate for Invisalign treatment, find a doctor and visit your orthodontist near me for a check-up.
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Invisalign Advantages, Positives, Pros
They are also a common choice for adults who want virtually invisible straightening of teeth and less frequent visits to the orthodontist. While there are many companies that make clear aligners currently, the most common with most advanced features and longest history is Invisalign. You are probably thinking, That’s right; Invisalign sounds familiar. Probably you have heard that name more than once. In essence they provide a series of very thin and almost invisible trays that apply gentle pressure to your teeth to move them in the desired direction. The system uses computer generated 3D imaging technology to show you a movie from the current position of your teeth to your future beautiful radiant smile. Clear aligners, Invisalign, is virtually invisible and your friends may not even notice that you are straightening your teeth. Sure, you can surprise them. Once your orthodontist has designed your individualized treatment plan and delivered your clear aligners, the process toward the smile of your dreams begins. Most likely you will have attachments placed on your teeth to act as grabbing handles to move your teeth more predictably in the desired direction. You can remove the trays to eat your favorite foods and oral hygiene maintenance is easy breezy (brushing and flossing). Occasionally they can be removed for an important social event but this should not become a habit. Clear aligner trays are changed every 2-3 weeks and need to be worn about 22 hours per day to be effective. There will be no or minimal cheek irritation since they adapt closely to your teeth. You will stop by your orthodontist’s office to pick up your new trays every 4 to 12 weeks; at that time, he will check that everything is moving as planned.
Naturally, because there’s no ideal orthodontic appliance your orthodontist will guide you at the consultation appointment and determine if you are a good candidate for clear aligners. Since we are all different as people, your treatment time will depend on your individual needs and on the complexity of your case.
What happens at the clear aligners (Invisalign) placement appointment?
Placement of clear aligners is a relaxed and easygoing appointment. Once the study records have been taken and your clear trays are fabricated, all that is required at your clear aligners placement appointment will be fitting and delivery of the trays. Does placement of clear aligners hurt? Placement of clear aligners should be a comfortable experience for your child and you. Most likely you will have attachments placed to your teeth so that they move your teeth more efficiently. What are attachments? Think of them as handles attached to your teeth and the clear aligners grab those handles and move your teeth in the desired position. The tray delivery process should take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half. At the end of the appointment you will have our orthodontic specialist technician or hygiene specialist go over individual instructions in proper appliance care and cleaning instructions. Once you receive your clear aligners, the follow-up visits are once every 4 to 12 weeks, depending on your orthodontist’s recommendations. Also, follow-up appointments are fairly quick. They take anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. You can keep your treatment on time by showing up on time for your appointments and following up with wear instructions—wearing appliances 22 hours a day, maintaining teeth cleanliness, and following other instructions recommended by your orthodontist.
Why should I get clear aligners (Invisalign) and not braces?
A pleasant surprise! If you are someone who wants the get your teeth straight the virtually invisible way, clear aligners may be the perfect solution for you. I don’t know an adult who had their teeth straightened, got a radiant smile, and few years later regretted getting their teeth straightened. However, many adults, before they start with their teeth straightening, tell me that they have been looking in the mirror at their teeth for a while and they didn’t like what they were seeing and now this can be changed. You are not alone; the world around us is focused on aesthetics and it’s better to get straight teeth later than never. While ceramic and conventional braces are common in straightening teeth, there are instances where clear aligners are the better choice for your individual needs. Again, there is no ideal orthodontic appliance and it’s important that your orthodontist works with different appliances, knows the limitations, and when to appropriately use each appliance. At the consultation appointment, you can get answers on all your questions and concerns. Ask questions; this is a time for you to make a decision you’re comfortable with.
Here are some examples that would make for a better candidate for clear aligners (Invisalign):
- Wanting a virtually invisible way to align teeth
- Wanting the convenience of being able to remove appliances for one to two hours per day
- Wanting to eat hard foods that you love
- Wanting longer appointment intervals between follow-up visits
- Having mild to moderate tooth/teeth problems
- Able to wear appliances for 22 hours every day
If you have a certain orthodontic solution in mind, before jumping to conclusions know that everybody is different. The most appropriate thing would be to visit your orthodontist to help you determine which option is right for you.
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