Many people choose Invisalign aligners to straighten their teeth because they are not as obvious as ordinary braces. What are some of the pros and cons of using this kind of aligner?
The most obvious advantage is that they are nearly invisible. People may notice something different, but by and large, they will not realise that you are wearing aligners at all. This is particularly important for children and teens, who may feel self-conscious about having to wear braces. However, as braces are becoming more and more common nowadays, this is perhaps becoming a less important consideration.
Secondly, invisible aligners are more comfortable to wear, as they do not include any metal wires or attachments. This makes it less likely that you will get small cuts or ulcers and means you will largely forget they are there.
Invisible aligners are also very easy to maintain. You can get special cleaning tablets that will clean them if you think they are getting a little discoloured, but they will generally only need a scrub (when you have taken them out) with your toothbrush and ordinary toothpaste, although you can use a small amount of bleach and water.
One problem with invisible retainers is that they are much more expensive than other kinds of aligners, and your dental insurance is unlikely to cover them. You should think carefully if you can afford it before you go down this route.
Also, although the aligners are removable, you will need to keep them in for a minimum of twenty-two hours a day. It is intended that you would only remove them for eating or cleaning your teeth. It is not possible to remove them for a particular occasion or to have a break.
The fact that you have to remove them for eating can also be inconvenient, especially if you are going out for dinner. They need to be taken out before consuming anything other than cold water, and you will then need to brush your teeth before you can put them back in. This could easily spoil the mood if it is a romantic occasion, but if the aligners are to work properly, they need to be used as intended.
Only you will be able to decide if invisible retainers are right for you. However, by providing a near-invisible method of tooth straightening, they are certainly an option that you should consider.