Weighing the Benefits of Invisalign®

The Clear Comparison

For over 25 years, Invisalign has been a trusted orthodontic solution for millions of smiles. So why do people prefer Invisalign to alternatives? Does it actually live up to the hype and orthodontic standards? Explore our guide to the pros and cons of Invisalign so you can make an informed decision that’s right for you.

Pros & Cons of Invisalign

The Advantages of Invisalign

Achieving a straight smile is easier than ever with Invisalign. There are many reasons patients choose Invisalign over alternative methods, including:

Virtually Invisible

Your smile is one of your most defining features and many patients prefer to conceal their orthodontic treatment. While metal braces attract attention, Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible to those around you. 


Invisalign trays are made from a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack®. Unlike the brackets and wires that come with traditional metal braces, Invisalign won’t poke your cheeks and gums. Instead, Invisalign trays are smooth and customized to fit your unique smile. 

Optimal Oral Health

One of the main differences between Invisalign and metal braces is that they’re easily removable. Braces require special floss and additional maintenance to clear away food accumulation around the brackets. With Invisalign, you can brush and floss as you normally would. 


You won’t have to worry about altering your lifestyle with Invisalign. Traditional braces come with strict diet restrictions to avoid damaging the appliance. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you can still enjoy all your favorite foods and beverages without damaging your trays. 

Trusted Brand 

Clear braces have gained popularity over the years and Invisalign was the pioneer in leading the trend. While many brands tout results, none can compare to the six million smiles that have been treated with Invisalign. 

Cautions to Consider

While Invisalign has transformed the smiles of millions of patients, it may not be right for everyone. Most patients adjust to the treatment without any issues– however, potential drawbacks may include:

Wear Time 

Invisalign recommends wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day. Wearing your aligners for the suggested time will ensure you stay on track with your treatment and continue to see improvements in your smile.

Damaged Aligners

Invisalign trays are designed to last two weeks or longer with proper care. To avoid damaging Invisalign, you’ll want to carry your protective case with you for safe storage, remove your aligners when eating, and only drink cool water when you’re wearing the trays. If you damage or break an aligner, contact our office immediately so we can order you a new set.

Complex Cases

Many dentists will only recommend Invisalign for mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Dr. Grussmark has helped thousands of patients in Miami achieve flawless smiles with Invisalign. Even if you’ve been turned away by other dentists, Dr. Grussmark can straighten the most complex orthodontic cases with Invisalign.

The Importance of Choosing a Trusted Invisalign Provider

Choosing an experienced Invisalign provider such as Dr. Grussmark can mitigate problems so you can get the most out of your treatment. While any trained dentist can offer Invisalign, an orthodontist has additional knowledge on how to properly align teeth. 

As an Invisalign Diamond Plus provider and an orthodontist, Dr. Grussmark knows how to straighten your teeth without compromising your oral health. With Invisalign, we can help you achieve your smile goals.

A Straight Smile is a Beautiful Smile

When it comes to straightening your smile, we offer numerous options that can fit into your lifestyle and achieve your smile goals. To learn more about Invisalign and our traditional orthodontic solutions, contact our Miami office to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Grussmark by calling (305) 441-1200. Your beautiful smile is just around the corner! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Invisalign damage teeth?

Without proper knowledge of how Invisalign works, the aligners can damage your smile. For example, Invisalign and traditional braces reshape your bone which causes teeth to feel slightly loose. Patients with periodontal disease can experience tooth loss because their gums and teeth aren’t healthy enough to withstand the movement. 

That’s why it’s crucial to choose a trusted provider such as Dr. Grussmark who will ensure you’re an ideal candidate for Invisalign. With decades of experience as an orthodontist, Dr. Grussmark understands how each unique smile will respond to Invisalign treatment. After an oral examination and x-rays, Dr. Grussmark can confidently determine your eligibility.

Can Invisalign cause tooth discoloration?

Yes– without proper care, Invisalign can stain teeth. To avoid tooth discoloration and decay, you’ll want to continue brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals. In addition to maintaining a regular oral health routine, you’ll want to care for your aligners.

As a rule of thumb, whenever you brush your teeth, you’ll also want to brush your aligners. Anytime you remove your trays, rinse them under lukewarm water. This will ensure they’re free of harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.

Can I leave my Invisalign out for a day?

To stay up-to-date with your treatment timeline, you’ll want to wear Invisalign for 20 to 22 hours per day. If you fail to wear your aligners for the recommended time, you may experience a setback in your progress. As a result, you’ll have to wear your aligners past the projected end date.

Is Invisalign worth it?

For many patients, Invisalign is the most discreet, convenient, and innovative solution for straightening teeth. In about 12 to 18 months, you can have the picture-perfect smile you’ve always wanted. To learn more about Invisalign, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Grussmark by calling (305) 441-1200

During the consultation, he’ll review your smile goals and explain the benefits of Invisalign so you can determine if it’s the best treatment for you.

Stephen Grussmark