Dr. Keith Bracy
A Great Dentist

What are the pros and cons of Invisalign?

Are you considering Invisalign vs. braces, or perhaps Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club? Dr. Bracy believes in straightforward dental advice to best educate you on your decision. 

Invisalign Pros: 

Clear/Invisible – Much like the name suggests, Invisalign is the invisible option compared to metal braces. NYC professionals feel confident wearing their clear aligners at work.

Comfortable – Clear aligners eliminate metal braces that rub against the gums. Some patients do have some slight discomfort when they start Invisalign, but most adjust very well to the aligners. Dr. Bracy can address these comfort issues very easily with adjustments to the aligners.

Removable – You can take your Invisalign aligners out to eat or for that special date.

Trusted brand – Invisalign is the quality choice with a trusted reputation. The company pioneered clear aligner therapy and invested heavily in its technology. It is not a knock-off brand, and Dr. Bracy can handle any customer services issues with them easily. Check out @invisalign on Instagram to see the results from real Instagram followers.

Technologically Advanced Aligners – Invisalign clear aligners are the only clear aligners with SmartTrack technology that took eight years of research and development. Invisalign aligners also rely on precision attachments optimized for certain tooth movements, which other brands lack.

Personalized Service and Care – Invisalign treatment is done under the care of a dentist or orthodontist. When you choose Invisalign, you have a dental professional overseeing your treatment, providing you with personalized treatment plans and care. If something goes wrong, you don’t have to call a 1-800 number and speak to an operator who can’t see your teeth or problem. You don’t have to worry about taking any impressions or photos yourself. You can be screened properly and told if clear aligner therapy will work for you. If you have other dental conditions that would make clear aligner therapy risky or dangerous, a dentist or orthodontist can let you know. 

Invisalign Cons:

Not Perfect For Every Case – Yes, clear aligner therapy has widely advanced in technology, but it is not perfect. There are still some types of dental malocclusions that are best treated with braces and traditional orthodontics. Honest, straightforward dental care is our mission at our Chelsea, NYC office. If we believe braces or seeing an orthodontist is best for your treatment, Dr. Bracy will let you know.

Patient Motivation – The success of your Invisalign depends on your compliance! You must wear the aligners 22-23 hours a day to see the best results. If you find it difficult to start a new habit or only plan to wear the aligners half the day, the treatment will not work. 

Frequent Brushing – You need to take the Invisalign aligners out to eat or drink. Before you place them back in, you need to make sure your teeth are clean. Some patients find it annoying to brush before placing them back. However, many see the brighter side of this “con” – you’ll be brushing your teeth frequently and also avoiding snacks!

Still debating Invisalign vs. braces? Stop by our New York dental office for a complimentary Invisalign consult and review the pros and cons in person with Dr. Bracy!

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