10 Reasons to Get Invisalign That Have Nothing to Do With Looks

Contrary to what the slick marketing campaigns will tell you, Invisalign is not all about vanity. It’s ironic that such a powerful product that has made leaps and bounds in orthodontics is marketed using such frivolous principles. It’s not about the convenience of being able to eat candy while you straighten your teeth or about forgoing a metal-mouth smile in photographs.

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10 Reasons to Get Invisalign That Have Nothing to Do With Looks

Invisalign is not all about vanity. It’s ironic that such a powerful product that has made leaps and bounds in orthodontics is marketed using such frivolous principles.

It’s not about the convenience of being able to eat candy while you straighten your teeth or about forgoing a metal-mouth smile in photographs.

Near-invisibility and convenience aside, here are the top 10 most important reasons to use Invisalign, starting with the least important.

10. Aesthetics

I know you may be surprised by this, and I know the people marketing Invisalign may be a bit perturbed, but improvement in aesthetics is icing on the cake!

9. Aligners double as protective gear you can use the rest of your life

You can whiten and protect your teeth from grinding at night or during sporting events (like mountain biking and lifting weights) using your Invisalign aligners – the device has many functions!

8. Shorter, more efficient dental cleanings with the hygienist

Teeth that are properly aligned tend to be more self-cleaning and more self-maintaining. They’re easier to floss and they’re easier for the hygienist to clean!

Crooked teeth are very hard to clean. For example, when teeth are twisted and crowded, the instrument that the dental hygienist uses is rendered ineffective, allowing the bacteria to evade removal during the cleaning process.

7. Speech and phonetics – better speech and pronunciation

Your ability to pronounce words properly is largely determined by the position of your teeth.

I have patients in the movie, comedy, voice over, and music industries, for whom Invisalign has able to help by fine-tuning their speaking voice.

For example, if your two upper front teeth are too long or if you have an open bite, you may lisp or have difficulty to pronounce certain words, or even whistle a little bit as you speak.

6. Misaligned teeth suffer from food impaction and make it more difficult to brush and floss properly.

When teeth do not fit up against each other tightly enough, it is likely that, at every meal, a piece of stringy meat or vegetable will get caught in between the teeth and will stay there until removed by floss.

This condition is called food impaction and can cause great harm to the gums and teeth. The food is held in place by the misaligned teeth so that the bacteria can feast upon it. Facilitating their growth in your mouth will bring about accelerated gum recession and dull, throbbing pain in the mouth.

Proper positioning of the teeth facilitates easier and more efficacious flossing and brushing. If your teeth are all lined up correctly in the proper position, there is less for you to do and less to worry about to have good oral health.

5. Invisalign aligners can fix facial, jaw, and neck pain.

Patients that suffer from sore facial muscles and from the effects of grinding can not only benefit from a better bite, but they can also benefit from wearing an aligner over several months. As long as there is no joint pathology, wearing an Invisalign aligner is a great way to deprogram the muscles involved in grinding and relieve TMD symptoms.

4. Proper tooth positioning leads to better bone architecture and gum positioning, which promotes a self-maintaining mode for oral health

It’s not just what’s above the surface! When the teeth are crooked, the bone that’s supporting the tooth is also crooked, leading to complications. This is referred to as bone architecture and without optimal bone architecture, it is almost impossible to have good gum and tooth health.

3. Better digestion by more efficient chewing and breakdown of food particles in the mouth

The mouth is responsible for the first stage of the digestion of food. Improper mastication of food in the mouth has ramifications for the entire process of the absorption of nutrients throughout the body. To put it simply, you will get less nutrition out of the food you eat without a proper bite.

2. Proper positioning of the lower jaw in relation to the upper jaw

Here’s the analogy I use with my patients. The jaw is like a door with two hinges – one hinge at each ear and the door jam and the strike plate being your teeth. In an ideal mouth, you want the door to be able to open smoothly and easily and close without effort. The door hits the strike plate and the door jam at the same time without any undue friction or sticking.

Who of us have had doors that we’ve had to force it to shut? The door that doesn’t close properly will eventually pull the screws out of the hinge plates and, one day, will not be able to close.

The equivalent in the mouth is TMJ or TMD, pain in the joints, clicking and popping, misaligned jaws, inefficient and painful chewing, or the inability to chew. Perfectly aligned teeth will allow that door to open and close freely without slow deterioration of the jaw and without pain.

1. A good bite

So what’s so great about a good bite? See all of the above!

This is what orthodontics and braces were invented for – not to give you a pretty smile, as you may have been told, rather, to improve your overall health and live without pain!

We, dentists, study this as a science, but when we bring it to our patients, we fail to educate them and, instead, sell it to them as fluff. No doubt that a beautiful smile brings confidence and self-esteem, but without good physical health, the former is hollow!

We want to be thin before we’re fit!

Mark Burhenne DDS

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  1. I have been going back and forth about invisalign. i already made the decision to go forward but as kicking myself (actually more like having anxiety attacks) because it is SO expensive and I have no insurance and am unemployed. (and the dentist went ahead with it anyway!) Thing is the trays are already molded but yet to get them to me. I dont know if it is too late to cancel altogether because of my financial reasons. Is it?? I am trying to find out what my rights are.

    • Kim,

      You are obligated only if you signed a treatment estimate. If the dentist went ahead without your consent, and you have not paid yet, then you should be fine. However, I would check your local state laws. Call the state offices and ask for the dental division (Dental Consumer Board of Affairs in California). They can give you a quick and accurate answer. Good luck.

      Mark Burhenne DDS

  2. Joe Spencer says:

    How does invisalign compare in cost with metal braces? Are the same benefits available from metal braces (except for #9 $& #10)? My bite is significantly improved, but had to suffer through my late 20’s with metal braces. I have had some movement over the years… so the idea of a life long aligner would have been interesting to me. What is the expected lifespan of invisalign aligners?

    • Good question. Invisalign can cost more if the dentist sees the cosmetic advantage as something that has added value. Some charge less as it’s easier for them to implement in their practice. It can also depend on whether or not the treating dentist is an orthodontist or general dentist. In general, you will see great variation in pricing for Invisalign, greater than for conventinal braces. So, it pays to shop around. Don’t choose based on the lowest price, but best quality. Beware of the many teaser rates out there for Invisalign. These “teaser” rates represent something called Invisalign Express, which is for simple cases and does not allow refinements. I do barely any Express cases – that’s how useful I think the product is. Hope this helps!

      Mark Burhenne DDS

  3. Jordan snively says:

    I am getting invisalign and I’m a very good singer and I’m concerned that if i get these invisible braces that my voice will be altered and i wont have my voice anymore what should i do?

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh Jeez. I’m a “very good singer, I won’t have my voice.” You are looking into getting a removable teeth aligner not a ball gag. You need a IQ test and humble pie to go forward in life.

  4. I’m 69 years old. My lower front teeth are slightly crooked. My dentist has recommended invisalign braces. I have tmj and I cannot open my mouth very widely and my jaw clicks loudly. I’ve read some reader comments in other websites reporting severe tmj problems while using invisalign. I’m concerned about this and also my age. Any comments?

  5. I havehad invisalign for a year now. I have noticed a massive change in my teeth positioning. But have always been skeptical that it is made in mexico. Being that Australia is a rich and developed country I am trying to understand why it has to be sent there of all places, which leads me to the next question, just how much have I been ripped off. Because I have paid $6000 and feel that the actual cost would be far less.

  6. Dr. Alan Markowitz says:

    Well said, It was really impressive information about invisalign!

    • alan, thanks. always nice to hear from other professionals

      thanks for reading


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  7. My dentist recommends that I get the invisalign to correct my teeth. I have a constant grinding problem. It’s almost uncontrollable. Daytime and I assume I must do it when I sleep. I have also been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have been using a APAP for the last 3 to 4 months. I’ve had minimal benefits with the APAP.(still feel tired, but it has corrected my snoring). My concerns are that I do the invisalign and it doesn’t correct the grinding after the 2 year procedure and minus $5K.
    Thanks in advance for any help.

  8. Chris Elton says:

    I have tmj & wonder what you mean by joint pathology. I’m interested in getting Invisalign on my bottom teeth. I already have a sleep guard for my upper teeth for clenching. I was told I have arthritis in my jaw bone.

  9. Lilia Robberts says:

    My teeth are very crooked. I have wanted braces for a long time. But I am so old now, I feel embarrassed about getting braces. I have been looking into where I can get invisalign. Thank you for sharing that there is benefits beyond from just looking natural. I had no idea that cleaning my teeth and my invisalign is much more efficient and faster to clean than having braces.

  10. Taylor Bishop says:

    Thanks for explaining some reasons to get invisalign. I actually didn’t know that the aligner could help relieve TMD symptoms. If that’s the case, I wonder if it could be good to see if its a good dental solution to get if other members of your family have TMD symptoms.

  11. Ellie Davis says:

    Thank you for pointing out that teeth that are aligned tend to be maintained and cleaned easier. This is something that would really benefit my son, but he doesn’t want traditional braces. I’ll have to look into finding the best dentist to get us invisible braces.

  12. So I had braces in my past and my teeth are visibly straight however I have a narrow shape so dr was explaining that’s why I’m having receding gums on my lower left molars. That this could be prevented in happening to other teeth by correcting my bite? Would u agree?

    • Mark Burhenne, DDS says:

      You may want to get a second opinion from a good functional dentist in your area. I have an article that gives lots of tips on how to find one if you don’t already have one in mind.

  13. Dear Dr Mark:
    I have had tooth #1 extracted for orthodontics (braces). I recently had a crack in #3 molar and had to have #3 extracted.
    I have been wearing invisalign for approximately 5 to 8 years.
    I now have a large space problem due to extracted tooth #3. I have some metal allergies as well as auto immune diseases such as celiac disease and hypothyroid. I did also have a form of localized scleroderma several years ago and was told that due to these things I am not a candidate for an implant. I also have bruxism.
    My only recourse at this time is a bridge. I have tooth #2 and tooth #4 available for abutment teeth #4 has a huge filling and #2 has been covered with a cap, not root canaled and very thin. Unsure if either one would hold a bridge. I also have TMJ. Im wondering if an impression can be made to include bridge if I do get one for Invisalign tray? Also do you make invisalign with a pontic? Wondering if I need to go that route ? Or wondering if I can take impression with invisalign and try to have teeth #2 and #4 come together. Please help I am very limited on possibilities.
    Thank you Dr Burhenne

  14. I didn’t know that misaligned teeth makes proper brushing and flossing more difficult. This blog is very informative and it helped me a lot. Now I’m going to see an orthodontist soon. Thank you!

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