DentistryInvisalign: Is It the Best Option? & What Suits You Best?

Dr. Nabil Mockbil Dr. Nabil Mockbil3 months ago9 min


If you don’t have it, you want it. And if you do, you want to get more confident…

Let’s be honest, all of us crave to look perfect in every way possible – that’s why we look for solutions.

Solutions such as Invisalign.

So, why should you go for it? Or why shouldn’t you?

Let’s dive right into it…

What is “Invisalign” & How Does it Fix My Teeth?

Also called Clear Aligners, Invisalign is a transparent orthodontic device that works to adjust teeth position and give you a good-looking smile and enhance your overall oral health.

Essentially, using Invisalign is like using invisible braces. It does precisely the same work that regular braces do – Correctly aligns your teeth as you use it.

But how does that happen?

It uses invisible braces made according to photos and computer renders of your teeth made by your doctor to fit your teeth and adjust their position and alignment.

It uses molds spread across your teeth that the Invisalign frame fits into, so it can work to move your teeth into the right position.

Invisalign VS Metal Braces… What Should I Go for?

You’re facing a big decision. The treatment you choose will decide how you look and spend your time doing for the next year (to say the least).

So, you have to make sure you make the right choice between what suits you best and what doesn’t…

Let’s start with a simple comparison – what are the pros and cons of each:

Invisalign pros:

  • Obviously, it doesn’t affect your looks:

The best thing about Invisalign and what makes it suit adults best is that it’s invisible… you don’t have to worry about people commenting on your new braces for the first couple of weeks, you’re not afraid to go to an occasion where you want to look your best having metal thingies holding you back, and most importantly, the photos… you won’t have to see braces, all you and everyone else needs to see is the progress your teeth are making.

  • You can eat whatever you want:

You won’t have to change your diet or stop eating any type of food you crave.  You can simply remove the Invisalign, have your meal, and put it back in place. Of course, this is not the case with regular braces.

  • You won’t have any trouble brushing your teeth:

With Invisalign, you can easily remove it and continue brushing your teeth the same way you used to.

  • Less annoyance:

When you use metal braces, it is definite that you wake up to cuts on the inside of your cheeks. But once you use plastic retainers to exactly fit your mouth, you won’t have to worry about it.

  • Fewer doctor visits:

With regular braces, you have to visit your doctor consistently to make adjustments to your braces. Not with Invisalign. You only have to change multiple sets of aligners along the way according to your doctor’s directions.

Invisalign cons:

  • Needs commitment:

22 hours a day, that’s the amount of time required to have your Invisalign on. So, if you feel like you don’t have the discipline to put them back after brushing your teeth or eating, you should reconsider because you won’t be getting the best results out of your Invisalign.

  • It might cost more:

Yes, Invisalign can cost more in general, but the costs vary depending on the specific case of the patient because a certain number of aligners is made according to their set of teeth and their oral problems.

  • It can’t treat all cases:

Some cases require more specialized and controlled handling which Invisalign can’t offer… so you should always inquire about your best treatment option and let your doctor give you the best medical advice so you can make the right decision.

Metal braces pros:

  • Faster results:

Metal braces allow more strength to be applied on the teeth, so you’re looking at sooner results.

  • Is always an option for effective treatment:

It can suit almost all cases, and because of the way metal braces are built, they provide more control over the teeth and strength implemented on them. And by that delivering the exact result you are looking for.

Metal braces cons:

  • Can cause discomfort.
  • Less aesthetically pleasing
  • You won’t be allowed to eat any type of food.
  • You have to visit your doctor constantly. (once a month or so)
  • Makes it harder to brush teeth.

Now you know all you need to and can go to your doctor with an educated mind about what your decision is going to be…

Never forget…

Asking your dentist what’s best is always the right thing to do because they always know better.

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Dr. Nabil Mockbil

Dr. Nabil Mockbil

Dr. Nabil Mockbil is an Orthodontist who received his DDS in 2001 from Umea University in Sweden, regarded as having the best dentist programme in Sweden for undergraduates. He’s now the founder of Swedish Dental Clinic in Dubai.

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