The Benefits of Invisalign®

Discover the Pros and Cons of Invisalign

Invisalign® is a modern orthodontic treatment that offers a discreet and convenient way to straighten teeth. However, Invisalign isn’t perfect for everyone, and it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons before deciding if it’s the right choice for you.

Our dentist in Wasilla has created a guide to help you discover Invisalign’s benefits and drawbacks.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a clear aligner system that uses custom-made, transparent trays to gradually shift teeth into their desired positions. The trays are made of smooth, comfortable plastic and are virtually invisible when worn. They’re removable, which means you can eat, brush, and floss as usual.

young girl holding up her Invisalign aligners.

Invisalign Benefits

Discreet Appearance

One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is its almost invisible appearance. The aligners are made of clear plastic, which makes them nearly undetectable when worn. This is particularly beneficial for adults who may feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces.

Predictable Treatment Planning

Invisalign treatment involves advanced 3D computer-imaging technology that allows you to predetermine your treatment plan and know in advance what your smile will look like at the end of the treatment.


Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, comfortable plastic that doesn’t irritate the inside of your mouth. Unlike traditional braces, there aren’t metal wires or brackets to poke or prod you. This means you can wear them all day without any discomfort.

Less Time at the Dentist

Invisalign often requires fewer follow-up visits to your dentist or orthodontist for adjustments, as you change to a new set of aligners every two weeks at home. Your dentist will provide these sets in advance.


The aligners are removable, which makes eating and oral hygiene much easier than traditional braces. You can take them out when you eat, brush your teeth, or floss, then put them back in when you’re done. This means you can maintain your usual oral hygiene routine without any extra effort.


Invisalign is just as effective as traditional braces when it comes to correcting misaligned teeth. Invisalign is more effective in some cases, as the aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth and apply consistent pressure. They can correct various dental problems, including gaps, overcrowding, underbites, and more.

woman flossing her teeth at home

Downsides of Invisalign


Invisalign can be more expensive than traditional braces, depending on the length and complexity of your treatment. However, many dental insurance plans now cover Invisalign, so be sure to check with your provider.


Invisalign requires a certain amount of discipline to be effective. You must wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day to see results. If you don’t wear them consistently, your treatment may take longer than anticipated.

Not Suitable for Everyone

Invisalign isn’t suitable for everyone. If you have severely misaligned teeth or a complex bite issue, traditional braces may be a better option. Dr. Dawson can assess your case and recommend the best treatment for you.


Invisalign aligners require some maintenance to keep them clean and free from bacteria. You’ll need to clean them daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse them with warm water. You’ll also need to avoid eating or drinking anything other than water while wearing them, as food particles can get trapped and cause bacteria buildup.

Can Affect Speech

Some people may experience a slight lisp, particularly when they first start wearing the aligners. This typically goes away as you get used to wearing them.

Potential for Loss

Since aligners are removable, they can be lost or misplaced, which could potentially add to the cost of treatment if replacements are needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Can I switch to a new set of aligners at night to minimize discomfort?
Can I drink alcohol while wearing Invisalign aligners?
Can teenagers use Invisalign?

Yes, Invisalign is suitable for teenagers with fully erupted permanent teeth. It’s a popular option for teens who want a more discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign Teen comes with blue compliance indicators, making it easier for parents and orthodontists to track usage.

Can I switch to a new set of aligners at night to minimize discomfort?

It’s not recommended to switch to a new set of aligners at night. Always change to a new set in the morning, as your orthodontist needs to ensure the aligners fit correctly and can address any issues that may arise during the daytime.

Can I drink alcohol while wearing Invisalign aligners?

It’s not recommended to drink alcoholic beverages while wearing your aligners, as alcohol can stain and warp them. Always remove your aligners before consuming any alcoholic drinks.

Get a Confident Smile With Invisalign

Don’t let your smile hold you back any longer. If you’re tired of feeling self-conscious about crooked or misaligned teeth, Invisalign may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Dr. Dawson and our dental team here at Northwind Dental are passionate about helping patients achieve their dream smiles.

To learn more about how Invisalign can benefit your oral health, contact our dentist in Wasilla today by calling (907) 373-2440.

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