Why Get Invisalign? Our Top 11 Reasons
A straight, healthy smile not only enhances your appearance but also contributes to overall oral well-being. If you weren’t born with naturally straight teeth, you might be wondering about orthodontic options available to you.
Invisalign is one of the most popular teeth straightening solutions in the UK, and it is growing in popularity with adults.
What is Invisalign?
If you are considering orthodontic treatment to address misaligned teeth, Invisalign offers a modern and discreet alternative to traditional braces. With traditional orthodontics, we fix brackets to each tooth and then run a wire and elastics between these brackets to apply pressure to the teeth.
With Invisalign, the patient wears a series of aligners that gently apply pressure to the teeth to move them into the correct alignment. Each aligner is worn for 10-14 days before moving to the next aligner in the case. With every change of aligner, the teeth get a little bit closer to perfect alignment.
At the end of the treatment plan, the patient can switch to only wearing a retainer at night time to help keep the teeth in the perfect position. This treatment is popular because the aligners are clear and removable. This means you can take them out to eat, drink and brush your teeth.
In this article, we will explore the top 11 reasons why you should consider choosing Invisalign for your orthodontic journey.
1. Nearly invisible aligners
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, making them an ideal option for those who want to straighten their teeth without the conspicuous appearance of traditional braces. The clear aligners allow you to undergo orthodontic treatment discreetly. This is perfect for teenagers and adults alike. If you want to get your teeth straightened but don’t want to announce your treatment to the world, Invisalign can help.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. This feature allows you to easily take them out for eating, brushing, and flossing, providing greater flexibility and convenience in your daily life. However, with this benefit comes an important caveat. You need to commit to wearing your aligners at least 20-22 hours per day. If you think you might struggle to remember, or you’re worried you might lose your aligners, this treatment might not be ideal for you.
Invisalign aligners are made from smooth and comfortable materials, reducing the likelihood of irritation or discomfort associated with traditional braces. There are no wires or brackets that can cause abrasions or soreness. The edges of the aligners are laser-cut to your gum line, making them very comfortable and less likely to cause irritation.
4. Improved oral hygiene
The ability to remove Invisalign aligners makes it easier to maintain good oral hygiene. You can brush and floss your teeth as you normally would, minimising the risk of plaque buildup and tooth decay. With fixed braces, you need to brush carefully with special brushes to avoid damaging the delicate brackets and wires.
5. Shorter treatment time
In many cases, Invisalign treatment can be completed in a shorter time compared to traditional braces. The duration of treatment varies based on individual needs, but the average treatment time is often shorter with Invisalign. You could start to see results in as little as 6 months, with most treatment plans taking around 6-24 months to complete. Since the aligners are nearly invisible, most patients don’t mind wearing them every day, so the treatment time isn’t as important.
6. Predictable results
Invisalign makes use of advanced computer technology to create a customised treatment plan. This allows for a more accurate prediction of the results, giving you a clear understanding of the expected outcome before you even begin the treatment. Once you have seen the potential results, it’s also far easier to stay on track with treatment as you know what is waiting for you at the finish line.
7. No dietary restrictions
Traditional braces often come with dietary restrictions to prevent damage to the brackets and wires. With Invisalign, you can continue to enjoy your favourite foods without worrying about damaging your orthodontic appliances. You need to remove your aligners when you eat or drink anything other than water. As a side benefit, many patients notice weight loss as a result of the treatment as they are much less likely to snack between meals.
8. Comfortable progression
Invisalign treatment involves a series of aligners that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before progressing to the next set, minimising discomfort associated with adjustments.
9. Digital impressions
Invisalign treatment begins with a digital scan of your teeth, eliminating the need for traditional, uncomfortable impressions. The digital process is quicker, more comfortable, and provides highly accurate images for treatment planning.
Each set of Invisalign aligners is custom-made to fit your teeth and follow the treatment plan designed by your orthodontist. This personalised approach ensures that your unique dental needs are addressed throughout the course of treatment.
This also means there are far fewer visits to the dentist for adjustments. The whole treatment plan is designed from the start, so you get your full case of aligners to take you from start to finish. You only need to visit the dentist for periodic checkups to make sure the aligners are working as they should.
11. Post-treatment options
After completing Invisalign treatment, you may have the option to use retainers to maintain the newly achieved alignment. These retainers are often more comfortable and less noticeable than traditional retainers.
You’ll only need to wear this at night time to maintain the results. Many patients also opt for a post-treatment round of teeth whitening and composite bonding to help put the finishing touches on their smiles.
Choosing Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment offers a host of benefits, from the discreet appearance of the aligners to the flexibility they provide in daily activities. If you are seeking a comfortable, convenient, and effective way to achieve a straighter smile, Invisalign may be the perfect solution for you. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about Invisalign aligners.