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Advantages and Disadvantages of Invisalign

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Invisible Braces Invisalign is surely creating quite a bit of a stir in the worlds of cosmetic dentistry and also in the worlds of many "brace-wearers." Simply speaking, Invisalign works on a system which comprises of the creation of custom-fitted aligners based on a 3-D computer simulation. These aligners will bring your teeth into the desired position over a period of 3 to 15 months. Being designed especially for adults and teenagers who can't face the embarrassment of wearing metal braces, Invisalign is nearly invisible.

If you are playing with the idea of getting Invisalign for yourself, here are some pros and cons which you can give some thought to:


Invisalign aligners are removable when compared to rubber band or metal contraptions which work behind traditional braces. Although your dentist will strictly tell you not to remove them, you can do so whenever you brush your teeth or eat.

Invisalign is quite convenient since you do not have to worry about breaking brackets or rubber bands. In fact, if you are not so comfortable with visits to your dentist, Invisalign is probably a better option as you don't have to visit him so frequently. Invisalign will limit your visits to the dentist's office to once in every six weeks.

Just as the name goes, these aligners are of a transparent color making them nearly invisible! Hence you don't have to be worried or embarrassed about smiling. Smile to your heart's content with Invisalign!


These aligners might not be too pleasant to wear during the first few weeks especially if you have sensitive teeth or gums. However, the discomfort will probably be only very temporary as once you have adjusted to the aligners, you won't even know you are wearing them!

Teeth grinding can make you grind through your aligners too and eventually break them. Also removing the aligners very frequently might not be a good idea either as it is more likely to get damaged or broken. Invisalign is made of durable plastic so both these situations might occur only if you push the aligners to the extreme with bad oral habits.

When compared to typical metal braces, Invisalign is a tad bit on the more expensive side. In some countries, the entire treatment can cost up to $9000 even though your insurance provider might make a contribution. Many orthodontists usually assist in working out a payment plan for patients who realize that there is more to Invisalign than simply the cost.

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