Sensational Smiles
6301 S. Minnesota Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57108
(605) 610-2829
605.332.4751  

Invisalign Advantages & Disadvantages 

During initial consults, our dentist will examine your teeth and jaw to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Next, we’ll take necessary radiographs (X-rays) and pictures of your teeth and jaw. A mold of your teeth will be taken and a plan of action will be developed. Using a computer-imaging program, dentists are able to make a series of molds that will be used to progressively move your teeth to new positions.

Invisalign advantages to give you the great smile you have always wanted:

  • Invisalign is invisible, so no one can tell you are straightening your teeth. Now you can smile more DURING treatment as well as after.
  • Invisalign is removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are no problem.
  • Invisalign is comfortable, because it has no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments.
  • Your oral hygiene is improved.
  • Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when you treatment is complete.
  • Invisalign may reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease when compared to wire braces that trap food and plaque.
  • You only visit your dentist only once every 6 weeks.
  • Invisalign is usually faster than conventional braces.
  • In most cases the aligners are doing multiple tooth movements simultaneously. Commonly, in conventional bracketing, some movements get ignored until another movement is completed by the current mechanics.
  • Work is usually completed in 15 months while conventional braces take an average of 2 years.

Invisalign disadvantages:

  • They are not designed to treat patients with mixed dentition, changing a bite and/or growing palates and therefore are not appropriate for children.
  • All restorative work must be completed before or after the treatment.
  • Invisalign is designed to treat patients with less complex orthodontic needs.
  • It is difficult to change this system after treatment has begun because this system is so exacting.
  • The system is dependent on the patient wearing the retainers.
  • May temporarily affect your speech.
  • They are to be worn full time, day or night, except while eating and brushing or flossing.
  • Teeth may be sore with a slight ache from the pressure especially for the first few days with each new aligner.
  • After the work is completed you may have to wear a retainer at night.

If you have any questions about Invisalign and their advantages and disadvantages, contact us 605.332.4751 today.

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Dr. Swingdorf took the time to show me the pictures of my teeth and his recommended treatment plan - Dawn K.