These days, while lots of people suffering from malocclusions (teeth that aren’t properly aligned) still receive more traditional orthodontic care involving conventional braces, there are alternatives to having conspicuous metal hardware in their mouths for years on end. One of the alternatives our Flatlands general dentists offer at the dental office of Abraham Esses, DDS, is an orthodontic program called, “Invisalign.” Though you’ve probably heard something about this technique from friends or from advertisements, we’d like to tell you about Invisalign’s pros and cons in a little more detail. Like many medical treatments, whether it’s a good option for a particular person all depends on that patient’s unique needs and preferences.
Let’s start off by listing some of Invisalign’s advantages over regular metal braces. First, as you might expect from the name, it’s very hard to tell when people who are undergoing Invisalign therapy. This is because, instead of chunks of metal and strings of wire, Invisalign uses a series of removable retainers that fit discreetly (and more comfortably) over teeth. Only you and our Flatlands general dentists will know that you’re wearing them! Because the retainers are removable, other advantages include enabling wearers to eat and drink what you want, and to brush and floss how they used to.
Unfortunately, however, we here at the Flatlands general dentist practice of Abraham Esses, DDS, have to let you know about a couple of Invisalign’s disadvantages as well. One of the big ones is that the retainers aren’t able to address certain kinds of misalignments as well as braces can, meaning that some folks aren’t able to rely entirely on Invisalign for teeth straightening. The other probably is that, because, retainers can be removed at will, some patients don’t end up wearing them as much as they’re supposed to. This leads to orthodontic treatment that lasts for a lot longer than planned.
Of course, there’s really only one way to find out for sure if Invisalign is a viable option for taking care of your orthodontic needs, and that’s to pay Abraham Esses, DDS, a visit. Dr. Esses is an expert when it comes to getting teeth straightened out, and he’s eager to take a look inside your mouth. Set up an appointment over the phone or over the web today!