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

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.

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