The Invisalign system offers a wide range of benefits compared to metal braces. Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks. Patients in Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and throughout the Philadelphia area should consider their budget, the treatment timeline, and their lifestyle when deciding on the best dental plan to meet their needs.
Some cosmetic dentistry alternatives such as porcelain veneers can transform your smile in a matter of weeks. Although it is often quicker than braces, Invisalign can span several months or more. If you are looking for fast treatment due to a special event, such as a wedding, our dentists can discuss alternative dental treatments so that you are ready on your big day.
Advancements to Invisalign's aligner technology have given more people the chance to utilize this popular treatment plan, but it is not right for everyone. Severe malocclusion or misalignment and severely rotated or tipped teeth are generally best treated with traditional braces.
The fact that braces are attached to your teeth means there is no threat of you not remaining compliant with the treatment. Due to the clear aligners being removable, in order for the process to work, you must wear your trays for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. This might make the treatment inadvisable for our younger patients. However, Invisalign Teen features unique trays to ensure patients remain compliant throughout the process.
Adjusting to the Aligner Trays
While the custom-made trays fit securely over your teeth, they may feel a bit strange during the first few days of treatment. It can take some time to become accustomed to Invisalign. This is especially true the first couple of days after switching to a new aligner. Some patients may experience mild soreness or have limited speech difficulties during the transition period. Fortunately, these side effects are temporary and should diminish within a few days.
In most instances, Invisalign costs are comparable to that of traditional braces. However, if your case is more complex and requires a greater number of trays, your custom treatment plan could end up costing more than other options. Once you have met with one of the doctors at one of our Philadelphia area locations, we can provide you with a cost estimate before you commit to treatment.