Invisalign has been available to straighten teeth for several decades as an alternative to traditional braces. It is made from SmartTrack, a transparent thermoplastic material that is flexible and made to fit exactly to the teeth. Every few weeks, you will wear a new set of aligners for approximately 22 hours a day. The clear appliances gradually guide your teeth into a better position without drawing attention to themselves.
Pros of Invisalign
Many people feel self-conscious about the way they look in braces. Patients, therefore, appreciate that Invisalign South Weymouth MA is less conspicuous. The appliances are molded according to a 3-D model of the teeth so that they fit exactly, and because they are transparent, they are difficult to see. Another significant advantage of Invisalign is comfort. Unlike traditional braces that are made of metal wires that poke and gouge into the cheeks, Invisalign is made of smooth plastic that doesn’t cut or irritate the soft tissues of the mouth. Invisalign requires minimal maintenance and, because the appliances are removable, keeping up your usual standard of oral hygiene is much easier.
Cons of Invisalign
The cost of Invisalign treatment is about the same as for traditional braces. However, Invisalign isn’t always covered by insurance, so it may cost thousands of dollars that you pay out of your own pocket. You cannot wear them while you eat, so you have to take them out multiple times a day. This makes it more likely that they may get lost when you are dining out or your child who is receiving the treatment eats lunch at school. You also have to brush your teeth after every meal, or food particles that can promote tooth decay may get trapped next to the teeth under your aligners, which is the last thing you want.
Invisalign treatment may involve enamel ridges that attach to your teeth. These attachments are intended to help the aligners fit better, but they negate some of the benefits of Invisalign, such as unobtrusiveness.