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The Pros and Cons of Invisalign

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BU chapter.

I was one of those kids in middle school who had braces pretty much the entire three years. I wasn’t lucky with straight teeth at all. I suffered wearing braces for a while and wore my retainer occasionally, but after getting my wisdom teeth out last year, I noticed my teeth were all over the place once again. So, I decided to get Invisalign and I have been wearing them for almost a month now. Here’s my ultimate list of the pros and cons of Invisalign.


Pro: I can eat with Invisalign on.

Con: The food I eat with Invisalign will most likely stain it, so I just take it off whenever I eat. Although, my dentists say I can eat it but wouldn’t recommend it.

Wearing braces or Invisalign

Pro: It’s not as obvious as braces.

Con: Braces sucked, but I had to get bumps on my teeth permanently for my Invisalign. So it’s kind of like clear braces…but it’s not too bad, honestly. It’s not as noticeable as braces, especially in photos or far away.


Pro: I might lose some weight.

Con: Obviously losing weight in an unhealthy way is not ideal, but Invisalign definitely changes your eating habits. I used to snack all day, but now because I don’t want to take off my Invisalign, I eat larger meals fewer times a day. Plus, I eat less because I have to ask myself if it’s really worth taking off the Invisalign then cleaning it just for a quick snack.

Wearing a mask

Pro: Now is the perfect time to get Invisalign. We’re all wearing masks anyway!

Con: If I’m going to go out for food or drinks (safely, of course), taking off a mask then taking off my retainer is going to be a struggle.


Pro: Kissing is definitely weird with Invisalign, but you can always take it off. I mean, we’re in a pandemic anyway, so unless you are dating someone (like I am) you won’t have that awkward moment of having to take it off!

Con: Kissing is awkward.

Cleaning Invisalign

Pro: You have to clean your Invisalign and teeth pretty much every time you eat.

Con: It’s not hard to clean Invisalign at all. It’s just like brushing your teeth, with a regular toothbrush and toothpaste.

Having a perfect smile

Con: It’s going to take me at least two years…wearing this thing pretty much 24/7. The recommended amount of time is 22 hours a day. But honestly, I think it’s worth it.

Pro: I’m going to have the perfect smile after this.

Wearing Invisalign isn’t too bad, especially in a pandemic. If you’re older like me and don’t want to deal with looking like a middle schooler with braces, I definitely recommend Invisalign. 

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Caele (pronounced Kay-lee) is a senior at Boston University studying Advertising and Spanish. She loves books, film, music, photography, food, traveling, fashion, and beauty. Before COVID-19, you could usually find her on the MBTA or in a coffee shop.