The advantages of Invisalign aligners include better esthetics, comfort and convenience since they are less visible, removable and don’t involve wires or actual braces.
The disadvantages include extra cost (since it can cost up to $2000 more than braces due to the lab fee and cost of technology) and longer treatment time.
The process is slower and less predictable due to the limitations of clear plastic in moving teeth and dependence on aligners being worn by the patient. Even though Invisalign is advertised as completely clear and removable, there are small attachments (tooth- colored buttons) that need to be placed on your teeth and will be removed by the orthodontist when no longer needed. Invisalign clear aligners can’t move the teeth efficiently unless there are attachments placed on the teeth. These attachments or buttons need to be designed and engineered with precision to be able to apply force and generate proper tooth movement. Without these buttons and attachments, the desired tooth movements won’t happen and the aligners won’t work. When designing your treatment, we make sure to have the attachments designed for the specific movement of each tooth, using the smallest possible size and removing it after that movement is done, this makes the process easier for you without compromising the speed and efficiency of your treatment.
Even with proper planning and full cooperation with wearing your aligners, sometimes there could be details and finishing touches that Invisalign fails to correct or it will take too long to do. If you desire to use supplemental braces, we are happy to provide that at no additional fee to ensure we deliver perfect results for you. These braces are usually placed in limited and hidden areas for a period of few weeks to establish the ideal and perfect outcome we want to deliver for you. Most of the time, the results are so nice that the patients don’t even want to have the additional process done and are quite happy and excited to enjoy their beautiful new smile.
How we make this easier for you: We are committed to provide our patients with the best care and latest technology: No messy molds required. Our iTero digital scanner is the most advanced type of imaging that eliminates the need for impressions and captures 3D virtual models of your teeth and bite in a few minutes where you can see the details of corrections needed and even the simulated outcome for your treatment even before you start.
The same technology is available to you even if you are not sure about getting Invisalign or if you want to get braces and would like to see how your teeth will look after orthodontic treatment.