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Invisalign: Is It Worth It?

22 Mar 2022

When you look in the mirror or at photos of yourself smiling, does the position of your teeth get you down? You’re not alone. Many people feel the same way. But whether you’ve got overcrowded, gappy, or protruding teeth, there is a solution.

Brace yourself! Invisalign is one of the world’s most popular methods of correcting issues with the position of your teeth. This revolutionary technique can dramatically improve a range of orthodontic problems and give you that much-needed confidence boost.

But is Invisalign worth it? 

Let’s take a look at why so many people all over the world that have had Invisalign treatment smile so much!

The Treatment Is Suitable for Teenagers and Adults

A lot of people believe that orthodontic treatment is reserved entirely for teenagers. While teens have historically worn braces more than adults, they don’t hold any special claim to getting their teeth straightened.

Dentists usually recommend orthodontic treatments at a young age because that’s when they pick up on these issues. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your teeth straightened later in life. 

The great news is that Invisalign isn’t just for kids. Adults can have it too. This subtle and effective treatment works well, regardless of your age. It’s never too late to have a smile you love.

The Treatment Is Easier Than Braces

The traditional orthodontic solution is usually to wear fixed braces. These consist of wires that run through brackets affixed to each tooth. To move your teeth into a new position, the wire needs to be gradually tightened. You’ll need to make repeat visits to your orthodontist for these adjustments to be made.

Invisalign is a lot more straightforward. You’ll wear your Invisalign aligner, and this will exert very small amounts of force on your teeth to reposition them. Instead of having wires tightened, we’ll just give you a new aligner every few weeks.

Every new aligner is ever-so-slightly different to the last one. Each one is designed to take you that little bit further on your journey to your new, straight smile. Over the course of your treatment, you may have anywhere between 12 and 48 different aligners. The frequency you need to change them and the amount you have will depend on your specific needs.

Best of all is the fact that these aligners are completely removable. There’s no need to sit through procedures to have braces fitted permanently. Once we’ve taken all the digital impressions of your mouth needed and your aligners have been made, it takes a split second to put them in.

Invisalign Is Invisible

Chunky train tracks running across your teeth are nobody’s idea of a fashion accessory. Fortunately, Invisalign aligners are completely transparent, meaning they’ll be nice and inconspicuous when they’re in your mouth.

Made from lightweight medical grade plastic, after a while of wearing them, you may even forget they’re in.

But that’s not all. If you need to pose for a photo, eat your lunch, or brush your teeth, you can take your aligners out for a few minutes. As long as you wear your aligner for at least 22 hours each day, you’ll still get the maximum benefit from them.

Invisalign Achieves Results

A common misconception about Invisalign is that it can’t deal with complex malocclusions. This isn’t true. There are lots of orthodontic problems Invisalign can be very effective at solving, including:

  • Crooked teeth – When your teeth point in different directions
  • Overcrowded teeth – Where there seems to be insufficient room on your jaw for your teeth to sit straight
  • Gaps between teeth – If your teeth are too far apart
  • Overbite – When your upper teeth stick out over the lower set
  • Underbite – The opposite of overbite, where your lower teeth stick out
  • Crossbite – A combination of both under and overbite meaning your jaw doesn’t line up
  • Open bite- Where the lower and upper sets of teeth don’t meet

Many people start to notice the benefits of wearing Invisalign after just a few short months. Treatment usually lasts for between 9 and 15 months, depending on the severity of the malocclusion we’re working to address.

Invisalign Uses Precision Technology

Invisalign is impressive. We start the process by taking digital scans of your teeth using the iTero 3D scanner. This gives us the most accurate picture of your teeth possible, and allows the Invisalign lab to carefully create a series of aligners that will achieve precise results.

Your treatment plan will be carefully mapped out. Nothing is left to chance. Using the latest technology, the entire route your teeth will need to make to reach the perfect position is carefully plotted.

Cleaning Your Teeth Is a Doddle With Invisalign 

Braces are highly effective at straightening teeth. But one of the issues many people face is that they’re quite a challenge to clean. Food debris and plaque bacteria can easily build up under wires and around brackets. This leads to an increased risk of tooth decay.

When you’re devoting so much of your effort into fixing problems with your teeth, the last thing you want is to develop tooth decay and need fillings, root canals, or worse.

You’ll be pleased to hear that Invisalign sidesteps this problem completely. Because you can take your aligners out to brush, you can really focus your attention on preventing tooth decay and making sure your soon-to-be-straight teeth sparkle and shine.

Let’s Get Things Straight

There are no two ways about it, Invisalign is amazing. This straightforward but effective method of straightening your teeth will restore confidence without the need for cumbersome metalwork.

If you’re considering Invisalign, speak to us at Love Teeth. Dr Kunal Patel is not only an Invisilign mentor, lecturer, and advisory board member, he’s also one of the most skilled clinicians offering the treatment. As a Diamond Invisalign Provider, we’re in the top 1% of dentists offering the treatment in the UK. 

We’ve got clinics in Stonecot, Cheam, and Chessignton. Schedule an appointment today.


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