Problems with Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment

Problems with Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment

Posted by Dental Didactics CE, Academy of General Dentistry National PACE Provider #217643. Dental Board of California Registered Dental CE Provider #RP3768 on Dec 30th 2022

Drawbacks to Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign is a popular choice among those seeking orthodontic treatment. This system of clear aligners is aesthetically superior to traditional braces, and can be removed during meals or cleaning. However, this convenience also has its drawbacks that dentists should keep in mind when presenting treatment options to their patients.

Patient Compliance

Invisalign requires a greater level of patient compliance than traditional braces. Patients must wear the aligners for 22 hours per day in order to complete treatment within the allotted time frame. If they fail to do so, it will take longer for them to get their desired results and may result in additional costs if further treatments are necessary.  While Invisalign works quickly on minor issues, more severe cases can take up to 18 months or longer before the desired results are achieved. During this time, patients may have difficulty adapting to life with the aligners, leading to irritation or discomfort due to their bulky size and inability to speak clearly while wearing them. The aligners may also be easily lost as they are not affixed to the teeth.

Limited Applications

Additionally, Invisalign is not recommended for all types of malocclusion; certain cases require more complex solutions that cannot be provided by this system of clear aligners alone. Costs Involved Invisalign can be more costly than traditional braces due to its customized nature. While payment plans are available for those who wish to make payments over time, many patients find that paying out-of-pocket is too expensive and opt for traditional braces instead. Additionally, since insurance companies often cover only a portion of these costs, it’s important for dentists to discuss payment options with potential patients before committing them to treatment plans that may prove unaffordable in the end. 


Although Invisalign offers an aesthetically pleasing solution for many orthodontic issues, it comes with its own set of drawbacks as well. Dentists should always consider these factors when determining which treatment option would best suit each individual patient’s needs and budget limitations before beginning any sort of orthodontic care plan. With proper guidance and realistic expectations on both sides, achieving the perfect smile can be within reach!

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