Ready to have the photo-ready smile that opens doors both personally and professionally? As an adult, you may be considering Invisalign, and wondering how it stacks up against other tooth straightening methods such as braces. This Invisalign pros and cons list will help you decide if these popular invisible aligners are the right choice for you.
2.5 million people across the world have chosen Invisalign to straighten their teeth, and for good reason. Invisalign offers a number of benefits over braces, especially for adults. If you’re looking to improve your self-image and look good doing it, Invisalign may be for you.
Invisalign is faster than braces
Not looking forward to spending a 24 whopping months in braces as an adult? Who could blame you? Invisalign treatment for adults takes typically half that treatment time of braces. In approximately 12 months, you can go from your current smile to a Hollywood smile with Invisalign.
Invisalign is, well, invisible (almost)
Braces looks great on kids and teens. Getting new rubber bands in all the season’s hot colors is always fun and exciting! But on an adult, braces can look very much out of place.
Invisalign gets its name from being … invisible! Invisalign aligners are made from a medical grade plastic that’s clear. When you’re wearing your Invisalign aligners, no one will know but you! Besides the fact that Invisalign aligners work far faster than traditional braces for adults, their style-savvy transparency is the most popular reason patients choose Invisalign over braces to straighten their teeth.
Invisalign works with your lifestyle
We recommend that you wear your Invisalign aligners for 22 hours every day, taking them out only to eat and brush your teeth. But if you’ve got a date or a social event and you don’t feel like wearing your aligners, you can take them out.
Invisalign Cons for Adults
Every silver lining comes with a cloud. There are a couple places where Invisalign falls short of braces – compliance and cost.
Invisalign costs more than braces.
The average cost of braces in the United States in 2020 is between $3,000 and $6,000. The average cost of Invisalign in the U.S. is between $3,000 and $8,000. Fortunately, many dental insurance companies will cover the cost of braces or Invisalign.
Invisalign only works if you stick to it.
Being able to take out your Invisalign aligners when you want is one of the biggest benefits of choosing Invisalign over braces. But that can be a problem if you forget to put them back in or take them out too often. So with Invisalign, you’ve got to be committed to sticking with treatment. With braces, compliance is 100% because you can’t take them out! If you’re the type of person that finds it hard to stick to a routine, braces could be a better choice, because they take the option of compliance out of your hands.
Ready to try Invisalign?
Atlanta Orthodontic Specialists helps adults all over the Atlanta metro area achieve the great smiles they crave with Invisalign. Schedule your Invisalign consultation today!