If you have teeth that are crooked or misaligned, you may be ashamed of your teeth as they really are, and this can deter you from smiling. It can be especially unnerving to smile in front of strangers or business acquaintances. Besides causing damage to your self-esteem, misaligned teeth can actually be detrimental to your overall dental health. If you have concerns about the alignment of your teeth or the appearance of your smile, you don't have to mortgage your home or sell off everything you own to correct your teeth. Invisalign may be able to help. The following pros and cons will help you decide if Invisalign is an appropriate option for you.
Pros of Invisalign for Adults
Invisalign is more affordable than other treatment options, such as braces. Invisalign is invisible, which is quite appealing to most adult patients. If you have a professional job or other commitments, you may not want to be seen with a mouth full of braces. Invisalign does not detract from your ability to use cosmetics or teeth whitening products. You can eat what you wish, unlike with braces, as Invisalign can be taken out when you eat. You can also remove Invisalign during oral hygiene sessions, which makes it easier to get each tooth and gum surface clean. There are also fewer worries of a dental emergency at night or on the weekends, since Invisalign is wireless and bracketless, unlike braces. You also have less pain with Invisalign, and you don't need to use wax to coat brackets or wires and protect your mouth's soft tissues. And unlike braces, Invisalign's computer software program allows your dentist to create a treatment plan that will allow you to see your projected end result before you even begin treatment.
Cons of Invisalign for Adults
Invisalign will not work for every adult patient. If your teeth are very misaligned or you have another special dental concern, Invisalign may not be right for you. Misaligned jaws and extra or missing teeth may make you unable to benefit from treatment with Invisalign. In some cases, you may be able to correct these major dental issues on their own, and then see if Invisalign is an option to finish straightening your teeth.
If you have questions about Invisalign or feel you might benefit from this treatment, you should contact your dentist for a consultation. Your dentist is the best source for information on your own specific dental health needs.
For more information, contact Janzen Janzen & Chwa Orthodontics Ltd or a similar organization.