Many of us would like straighter teeth, and today there are several orthodontic treatments to help you achieve your perfect smile. Take a look at our guide on the benefits of Invisalign vs braces, so that you can make a more informed decision.
Please note that the type of orthodontic treatment suitable for you can depend on a range of factors, so it’s always best to have a chat with your Dentist before deciding whether to choose Invisalign or fixed braces.
What is Invisalign?
Before taking a look at some of the benefits of Invisalign v Braces, let’s first discover what the Invisalign treatments involves compared to the more traditional metal brace brackets that are attached to the outside of the teeth. The teeth are manipulated into place to correct any orthodontic problems and create a straight smile using metal wires and sometimes rubber bands. More recently, ceramic and lingual braces which attach behind the teeth are also a more common option.
In comparison, Invisalign treatments use clear, plastic aligner trays that can be custom-built and adapted for each patient using 3D scan technology. Once fitted, the custom aligners will then move the teeth into the correct position.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign Treatment versus Metal Braces?
One major benefit of choosing Invisalign treatment over traditional metal braces is that the aligner trays, are clear and virtually almost invisible. This is a great option for those who may feel self-conscious with braces and would prefer a more discrete option.
Invisalign Aligners Can Be Removed
Although for best results patients should wear their Invisalign aligners for 22 hours each day, aligners can be removed while you eat, unlike traditional metal braces. This means patients won’t need to change how they eat or avoid foods that can be uncomfortable to eat when wearing braces.
Easy Brushing and Flossing
As mentioned, Invisalign aligners can be removed which means it’s easy to brush and floss and maintain good oral hygiene.
A Straightforward Process with Fewer Consultations
The Invisalign treatment relies on a 3D scan of the patient’s teeth before making customised aligner trays. Once this straightforward process is complete and you know when to change your aligner trays, there is no need for constant consultations with your treating Dentist or regular adjustments other than a few check-up appointments.
A Comfortable Fit
When compared to braces, Invisalign patients experience fewer mouth and gum problems as the aligners are custom-fitted, resulting in no cuts on the inside cheek and a more comfortable fit.
You may feel a sense of pressure on your teeth when a new aligner is fitted due to the movement, but this is a good indicator that the Invisalign treatment is working.
Are there any Disadvantages to Invisalign Treatments?
Requires Patients Compliance
If Invisalign Treatment patients are not disciplined and remove the aligner trays too often, this can result in the process of moving the teeth into the correct positions being interrupted or treatment time taking longer. The process requires 100% of the patient’s compliance as even a day or two of not wearing the aligners can affect the overall result and length of the treatment.
Removing & Refitting the Aligners can be Inconvenient
Although being able to remove the aligners is a benefit of Invisalign vs braces, it can also prove inconvenient at times when you need to discreetly remove the aligners to eat. Before replacing the aligners in your mouth, you should ensure that your teeth are brushed and that no food particles are between your teeth or able to stain the clear plastic.
Invisalign Treatment at Oh My Smile
At Oh My Smile dental practice in Cheadle, we offer a range of Invisalign treatments as a simplified and discreet way to achieve straighter teeth and a more confident smile.
Using a 3D virtual treatment plan, we’re able to show the series of movements your teeth will make throughout the Invisalign treatment so that you can see the expected results and witness your smile improve over time.
Our patients wear custom aligners for one week before replacing them with the next one in the treatment. As each aligner tray is replaced, the teeth move little by little over the weeks until they are in the correct position.
Custom Invisalign treatment from Oh My Smile usually takes from three to seven months, and our professional orthodontists will monitor your progress during your treatment and will be able to make any necessary required adjustments.
Are you interested in Invisalign treatment? Whether you are keen to get started or would like to know further details on Invisalign, please contact our friendly team at Oh My Smile to book your free, no-obligation consultation.
At Oh My Smile dental practice, we offer 0% interest free finance as well as free whitening and free retainers with selected treatments!