Pros and Cons of Invisalign® Aligners

Invisalign Dentists Near MeInvisalign® aligners are clear and discreet. This can give you the confidence you need to complete orthodontic treatment and get the smile you’ve always wanted.

During your consultation, our Invisalign dentists in Grandville, MI, will be able to determine if you’re a candidate for clear aligners.

Until then, here’s what you need to know about the pros and cons of Invisalign treatment.

Pro: Enjoy Clear Discreet Aligners

Not everyone wants to draw attention to their smile during orthodontic treatment. If you wish to avoid having metal braces on your teeth, ask our cosmetic dentists if you’re a candidate for Invisalign aligners.

Invisalign aligners are made out of a clear comfortable plastic that fits snugly around your teeth. In fact, most people won’t even realize that you’re wearing Invisalign aligners unless they’re standing close.

Pro: Achieve a Straighter Smile

Have you ever felt self-conscious about crooked, crowded teeth? If so, it’s time to schedule an appointment with one of our Invisalign doctors in Grandville, MI. They’ll be able to determine if you’re a candidate for Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign aligners work by exerting constant but gentle pressure on your teeth. This guides your teeth so they move into their optimal positions over time. The result is a straighter, more attractive smile that’s easier to maintain.

Pro: Eat an Unrestricted Diet

Patients with traditional metal braces have to avoid foods that are sticky and/or difficult to chew. Otherwise, they risk damaging their metal wires and brackets. Since Invisalign clear aligners are removable, you’ll be able to continue eating your favorite foods during orthodontic treatment.

One caveat is that you’ll need to brush your teeth after every meal to avoid staining your clear aligners. For this reason, we recommend carrying a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste with you so you can practice good oral hygiene while away from home.

Pro: Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Invisalign clear aligners are removable, which means that you’ll be able to brush and floss your teeth like you normally would. This is much easier than trying to thread floss between individual metal brackets. As an Invisalign patient, you’ll be able to continue practicing good oral hygiene without the hassle of trying to clean around the metal on your teeth.

Con: Wear Aligners 20 to 22 Hours Per Day

You’ll need to wear your clear aligners 20 to 22 hours per day. Otherwise, you risk falling behind on your treatment plan. It requires self-discipline to consistently wear your aligners, which is why we tend to recommend Invisalign treatment for teens and adults. Older patients tend to have more motivation to stick to their treatment plans and follow instructions from our Invisalign dentists.

Request an Appointment with Us

Our Invisalign dentists in Grandville, MI, are accepting new patients and are proud to serve Greater Grand Rapids. To schedule an appointment and learn if you’re a candidate for Invisalign clear aligners, please call 44 West Dental Professionals at (616) 530-2200. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.