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. As an alternative to metal braces, Invisalign treatment helps patients straighten their smiles without the hassles of uncomfortable brackets and wires.

Our orthodontist in Foster City & Belmont has created a guide to help you discover the benefits of Invisalign while also discussing some of the treatment’s drawbacks, so you have the information you need before committing to treatment.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an advanced clear aligner system that uses custom-made, transparent trays to shift teeth into their desired positions gradually. The Invisalign 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.

They can correct various orthodontic issues, such as crooked teeth, gapped teeth, crowded teeth, and more.

woman smiling while holding her Invisalign clear aligner

Invisalign Benefits

Discreet Appearance

One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is its almost invisible appearance. The Invisalign clear aligners are made of transparent plastic, which makes them nearly invisible when worn. This is particularly beneficial for adults who may feel self-conscious about wearing traditional metal 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. At your Invisalign consultation, your treatment will be mapped out and adjustments can be made throughout.


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

Less Time at the Orthodontist

Invisalign often requires fewer follow-up visits to our Bay Area orthodontist’s office for adjustments, as you change to a new set of aligners every week at home. Your Invisalign provider will provide these sets in advance.

Dr. Kurth also offers virtual care appointments to ensure your treatment is on track without having to visit our Belmont and Foster City orthodontics offices!


The aligners are removable, which makes eating and oral hygiene much easier than traditional metal braces. You’ll 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 normal oral hygiene routine without any extra effort.


Invisalign is just as effective as traditional metal braces when it comes to correcting misaligned teeth. Invisalign treatment 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 pointing at her teeth

Downsides of Invisalign


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. Our Belmont and Foster City orthodontists can assess your case and recommend the best orthodontic 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 aligner trays. This typically goes away as you get used to wearing them.

Why Choose Dr. Kurth For Your Invisalign Clear Aligners?

When it comes to your smile, you want the best care possible. That’s why so many patients choose Dr. Jacklyn Kurth for Invisalign and orthodontic treatment. Known for her compassion and commitment to excellence, Dr. Kurth is a distinguished orthodontist dedicated to transforming smiles.

Throughout her career, Dr. Kurth’s clinical expertise and research contributions have been widely recognized. Her commitment to advancing the field of orthodontics has earned awards from the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, the American Dental Association, and more. Our practice is a Diamond Invisalign Provider, meaning we’re in the top one percent of all Invisalign providers based on expertise and skill.

At Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics, Dr. Kurth brings this high level of clinical excellence together with a warm, personable approach. She understands Invisalign’s transformative impact on self-confidence and takes pride in helping each patient realize their best smile. Her office provides innovative Invisalign treatment you can trust, from initial evaluation through retention.

man getting his Invisalign aligners

Frequently Asked Questions

Can teenagers use Invisalign?

Yes, Invisalign is suitable for teenagers with permanent teeth. It’s a popular option for teens who have healthy teeth but 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 Invisalign provider 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. Jacklyn Kurth and our team here at Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics are passionate about helping patients achieve their dream smiles.

To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign and to get started with the treatment process, contact our Foster City & Belmont dental office today at (650) 525-9440. We look forward to providing you with options other than traditional braces.