Invisalign braces have been a welcome development in orthodontic dentistry. The flexibility and subtleness of this treatment option have made it a preferred option for most adults who wish to straighten their teeth.
For most adults, wearing traditional metal braces is an embarrassment, so they use clear aligners because they think it is the best treatment option for their misaligned and crooked teeth. The truth is, sometimes, clear aligners are the best course of treatment, and other times, they are not. In some cases, traditional metal braces may be the best course of treatment, and some studies show that teeth straightened with fixed braces remain in place for a longer time.
Here are some limitations of Invisalign you never knew.
- Invisalign aligners do not move the teeth from their root.
Braces and other orthodontic solutions like Invisalign move the teeth by applying pressure to the teeth. Fixed braces apply a specific amount of pressure to the teeth and their root, which gradually move the teeth from their root.
However, removable orthodontic appliances like Invisalign only apply pressure on the upper section of the teeth, which makes only the upper teeth to move, leaving out the root of the teeth.
- Invisalign aligners are not suitable for everyone.
Most write-ups about Invisalign usually include a suitable candidate for Invisalign, and this means that Invisalign may not be the best option for everyone. Invisalign is ideal for people with mild to moderate orthodontic issues, but may not be as effective for complicated problems like the traditional braces.
For example, if someone has a buccal occlusion, a condition where the tooth is positioned towards the cheek, Invisalign cannot correct it. A study on this orthodontic issue and Invisalign showed that Invisalign was not effective in correcting the problem, and in some cases, Invisalign made the condition worse.
Fixed braces do a better job in correcting most types of occlusion and misalignments. Fixed braces also provide better customisation during treatment which allows you to have a better result and smile.
- Invisalign may not provide a long-term result.
Findings from some research have shown that teeth straightened with Invisalign tend to relapse years after treatment, unlike teeth straightening with braces.
Invisalign treatment does not keep teeth straight years after the treatment, so you might need to reconsider spending your money on time for a treatment that may not last for a long time. The success of Invisalign treatment depends mostly on the patient’s determination because the aligners are removable. You have to be committed to your treatment to be able to wear the aligners for about 22 hours every day. If you do not have your Invisalign aligners in your mouth for the required number of hours daily, it will make the aligners ineffective. It would also prolong your treatment time, but with fixed braces, you do not have to worry about wearing your brackets for the required number of hours, and this gives you a chance at a better result.
- Research shows that most Invisalign treatment only reaches about half the intended goal. Research by BioMed Central Oral Health discovered that Invisalign, in most cases, is about 59% effective in straightening the teeth. For the movement of the premolars and the upper incisor torque, Invisalign proved to be only 50% effective.
- Invisalign aligners trap bacteria and foods.
Most people think that their oral health will be better during treatment if they use Invisalign because the aligners are removable, but this may not be true. Research on oral hygiene during treatment with aligners showed that many aligner patients drink beverages while wearing their aligners. This increases bacteria and sugar in the mouth during their Invisalign treatment.
Naturally, the saliva helps to clean the gums and teeth, but when you have aligners in your mouth, the function of the saliva in cleaning the teeth and gums is limited.
- Invisalign treatment is intermittent. During your Invisalign treatment, you need to switch out your aligners every two weeks. Frequently changing your aligners may be stressful because new aligners tend to cause soreness in the mouth, and this may likely last for three days.
- Invisalign treatment may cause more pain compared to braces.
Most people think that treatment with Invisalign is not as painful as braces treatment. This may be true at the beginning of the treatment, but with time, braces and Invisalign users both feel an increase in the pain levels. For Invisalign, the pain occurs while switching out aligners while braces treatment causes more pain during adjustments.
All orthodontic treatment comes with a level of pain and discomfort because moving the teeth comes with temporary sensitivity which you cannot avoid. However, you can manage the discomfort by only eating soft foods during your treatment and taking over-the-counter pain medications.
- Most times, Invisalign treatment requires refinements. With Invisalign treatment, it is common to have your orthodontist make changes to the treatment plan after your initial treatment plan to help you get your desired result. But, braces provide a more stable treatment plan and rarely comes with surprises during the treatment.
Although Invisalign is an effective treatment, fixed braces may be a better option for straightening your teeth. If you are concerned about your look during treatment but want fixed braces, your dentist may offer you fixed clear wires and brackets. Clear fixed braces have the same effectiveness as other fixed braces, but it is also stylish. They would also keep your teeth in straighter position for a longer time.
To know whether or not Invisalign in London is the best treatment option for you, you need to speak to your orthodontist to get an expert opinion.