Invisible Braces Pros and Cons

Dentist in Jamaica QueensInvisible braces are a set of clear, plastic aligners that are sometimes used instead of metal braces to straighten teeth. They have become a popular choice for many because they are far less noticeable than conventional metal braces.

Although there are a growing demand and popularity for invisible braces, they may not be the right choice for everyone. There are pros and cons to consider before making a commitment.

Here are a few pros:

  • Invisible braces can be more attractive.  The clear, plastic aligners are virtually invisible and molded to your teeth.  This makes it less obvious that you are wearing braces.
  • Due to the smooth, flexible plastic they are made from, invisible braces tend to be more comfortable. There are no wires or brackets to contend with.
  • Unlike metal braces, invisible braces can be removed to eat, brush your teeth or floss.  This can be a great benefit when practicing proper oral hygiene.
  • Computer software is used to plan your treatment in advance; therefore, less follow up visits are required.

The cons to keep in mind include:

  • Depending on your plan of treatment, Invisible braces can be more expensive than conventional braces.
  • Discipline is required to get the best results. Invisible braces must be worn a minimal 22 hours per day.  It is important that you put them back on shortly after removing them.  Neglecting to wear your aligners for 22 hours each day can prolong treatment.
  • You may feel some pressure or discomfort as your teeth adjust to a new set of aligners.
  • Invisible braces are most effective when treating those with mild or moderate bite issues, not those with more complex orthodontic issues.

Overall, invisible braces are a safe and effective form of treatment.  However, depending on your lifestyle or the complexity of your case, they may not always be the best choice. If you are interested in receiving invisible braces, you should speak with your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate. To speak with a dentist at  Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, please call 718-206-6980.

All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.