Disadvantages of Invisalign

Children and teens aren't the only ones who need braces. This is also the case for some adults. Allowing them to find a beautiful smile, adult orthodontics is generally done by means of discreet devices. The Invisalign technique is currently the most popular. With an Invisalign appliance, you can transform your teeth with more discretion through the u se of progressively changing plastic shell “aligners” that are created from imprints of your teeth. You wear these aligners 20-22 hours a day and every 1-2 weeks, you change them for new ones that are slightly different. This method gradually shifts your teeth to the desired result. Created in 1996, the technique revolutionized the sector. It is a thin and transparent mouthpiece designed to measure to perfectly match the shape of the teeth to bring them to better align. This technique can treat many cases. Having developed over the years, it is no longer limited to malpositions or minor shifts in the teeth. The aligners can be prescribed to patients with significant overlap of teeth, in cases of pronounced jaw recession, or to fill extraction spaces. It will be up to the orthodontist to judge the eligibility of his patient before starting treatment.

The advantages and disadvantages of the technique

During the entire treatment period, which can range from 6 to 12 months depending on the case, you must honor each of your office appointments, which can be difficult for some. At the end of the treatment, it is common to be fitted with a retainer in order to prevent the teeth from resuming their original alignment.

Invisalign orthodontics are not only discreet and effective but have some other advantages as well. Except for a slight sensation of discomfort with each change of gutter, this treatment technique is almost painless. Once you get used to it it's easy to forget you're wearing one. However, there are some inconveniences to this technique.

For example, you must remove the aligner to eat and to make sure you are able to clean your teeth after eating before you put it back in. It must be worn for 20-22 hours a day, which means you generally don’t want to remove it very often, including when you sleep. Many people will find this somewhat restrictive. The success of the treatment depends on your ability to keep them on; if you cannot commit to wearing them 20-22 hours a day, you might talk to your orthodontist about other options. Because they are worn all day, many orthodontists recommend cutting out coffee and other beverages that might stain the aligners. Additionally, if you are prone to losing things, Invisalign might not be the best choice for you, as the aligners are expensive to replace. Another disadvantage of Invisalign is overall cost. Your orthodontist must be certified to use the product and the treatment is generally more costly than more traditional teeth-straightening methods. If cost is an issue for you, you can speak with your orthodontist about payment plans or other ways on financing your orthodontics.

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