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Invisalign Dentists in Grand Rapids, MI

Aren’t sure if Invisalign® is the right teeth straightening option for your smile? Your first step should be to request a consultation with one of our Invisalign dentists in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Like the name suggests, Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners you wear to straighten teeth in as little as 12 to 18 months. We can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign braces.

Continue reading to learn about the pros and cons of Invisalign braces.

What You Need to Know About Invisalign

Pros of Invisalign

  • Aligners are nearly invisible
  • No metal on your teeth
  • Removable
  • Straighten teeth in as little as 12 to 18 months
  • Eat an unrestricted diet

There are many advantages to choosing Invisalign over traditional metal braces. For example, many of our patients appreciate that Invisalign braces are subtle enough to go unnoticed by friends, family, and co-workers. If you think you would feel self-conscious with metal on your teeth, ask one of our Grand Rapids Invisalign dentists if you’re a candidate for Invisalign treatment. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Another benefit to wearing Invisalign is that you’ll be able to continue eating your favorite foods during treatment. Unlike braces, you’ll be able to eat foods that are sticky or otherwise hard to chew without the fear of ruining one of your brackets.

Cons of Invisalign

  • You must wear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day
  • Invisalign exerts pressure on teeth
  • You may need attachments

One of the drawbacks to Invisalign is that you must wear the nearly invisible aligners 20 to 22 hours a day. This means that you’ll only be able to take out your aligners to eat and brush your teeth. After you eat, you’ll also need to brush your teeth so you don’t stain your Invisalign clear aligners. Since Invisalign only works when the aligners are worn consistently, it’s important that patients have the willpower to complete their treatment as directed by our dentists.

Depending on the complexity of your case, you may need SmartForce® attachments on your teeth so the aligners have something to push against. In general, you won’t need these attachments if you only need to straighten a few front teeth. However, it’s important that you request a consultation with one of our Invisalign dentists so you have a better idea of what to expect.

Invisalign works by exerting pressure on your teeth to move. This means that you’ll feel slight discomfort during the first few days of wearing new aligners. However, many of our patients feel that the temporary discomfort is worth having a beautifully straight smile.

Still have questions about Invisalign? Request a consultation with one of our dentists to learn if Invisalign is right for you. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

Dr. Donald VanderLinde DDS and Dr. Alexandra Dodds DDS offer Invisalign braces to help patients achieve their best smiles. To request an appointment with one of our Invisalign dentists in Grand Rapids, MI, call Renew Family Dental at (616) 245-3205.