So, you’ve finally decided to get braces, but you hate the look of traditional metal braces. Invisalign is a popular and invisible solution to fix crooked teeth. Before you make the move toward Invisalign, however, check out these six must-know facts.

They Are the Most Invisible Option

Instead of wires and brackets, Invisalign uses clear aligners. Instead of seeing the braces, you see your teeth through the aligners, making it the most invisible and discreet option available. It hides braces even better than invisible ceramic braces, which use invisible wires and brackets, or lingual braces, which fit on the back of your teeth. Unfortunately, no braces are completely invisible. While people won’t really be able to see them, the aligners create a shine on your teeth that gives them a slightly artificial appearance.

Treatment Time Is Shortened Than With Traditional Braces

Correcting your crooked smile with Invisalign is one of the fastest options available. For most adults, treatment is completed in less than one year, but it varies from patient to patient. This is only about half the time of traditional braces. However, the downside is that even after treatment with Invisalign, most patients must wear a retainer at night for the rest of their lives. The retainer looks and fits just like one of the aligners, and forgetting to wear it causes teeth to move back to their original position.

The Trays Are Easy to Clean

One of the hassles of having traditional braces is trying to clean in between teeth. With the wires and brackets, it’s difficult to get all the debris from between teeth. Patients with invisalign don’t have that problem. Because the aligners are removable, you can pop them out to brush and floss like normal. Plus, you can easily rinse out the aligner to prevent food from sneaking between your teeth after you replace the aligners.

You Have to Brush After Every Meal

While cleaning is easy, it can also become annoying. Firstly, every time you eat or drink anything other than water, you have to remove the aligners to prevent damage or trapped bacteria. That’s not so bad, but before you can put them back in, you have to brush your teeth. You have to do this after every meal, snack and beverage (except water). Failure to do this traps plaque and bacteria within the aligner, creating a nesting ground for decay. Not only is this time-consuming, it can be embarrassing if you are out in public. On the bright side, it prevents you from snacking too much and teaches you good dental hygiene.

They Aren’t Ideal for Severely Crooked Teeth

Traditional braces can fix even the most severely crooked smile, but Invisalign is best left for mild to moderate cases. While it does a good job of fixing some crowding and gapping, there are many problems Invisalign can’t fix, including bite issues, rotated canines and teeth that need to be moved vertically. Basically, it’s best left for more cosmetic reasons. If your crooked teeth hinder the functionality of your teeth, you should consider traditional braces.  

You Need to Be Disciplined

The plan is simple, get a new set of aligners every two weeks and wear them at least 20 to 22 hours a day. This keeps you on track for a fast treatment, but this is where the fact that they are removable becomes a problem. True, you must remove them to eat and brush, but you should wear them every other moment. You need to have discipline, which can be hard if they are uncomfortable, feel weird, or you are just not motivated to properly clean your mouth after every meal. Unless they are in your mouth for most of the day, they just don’t work.

Invisalign isn’t great for everyone, but it is an invisible way to straighten mild to moderate crooked teeth. If you need braces, talk to your dentist to learn if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Don’t wait, make the call today and schedule a consultation.