I always get questions about Invisalign when my patients come in for an orthodontic consultation. There are many reasons to opt for Invisalign. Some of the reasons include: not having metal around your teeth, Invisalign can be less irritable to your gums and tissue since your teeth are only surrounded by the plastic trays, Invisalign is removable so you can take them off to eat, and it is easier to keep your teeth clean without trying to brush around the wires.
So why doesn’t everyone get them?
For starters, they tend to cost more than the traditional braces you get from your orthodontist. Some general dentists will offer the Invisalign for a low price but keep in mind a general dentist and an orthodontist are not the same. The orthodontist is a specialist in moving teeth around with braces and Invisalign. The orthodontist went to school for an average of 2-3 years after dental school and tends to have a few more tricks up his/her sleeve to finish treatment efficiently. This makes sense since orthodontics is what an orthodontist does exclusively. (CLICK for more information)
Along with cost being a factor, not all patients can benefit from Invisalign and many fair better with the wider range of techniques that traditional braces offers. In cases where patients have severe rotations and crowding, braces can lead to a shorter treatment time with better results.
If you or your child has a history of loosing things or does not remember to follow instructions, the Invisalign can lead to a longer treatment time because there are about 30 trays patients cycle through as the treatment progresses. If one of those trays gets lost or is not worn adequately, the tooth movement will be suspended or the alignment of the teeth may get worse before it starts to get better again. If you are a repeat offender you may be constantly “catching up” to your treatment.