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January 21, 2022

Is There Really Such A Thing As Invisible Braces?

Invisalign clear aligners are an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces and offer a discreet solution to correct your smile.

Adults who are thinking about orthodontics will often want to find a treatment plan that is as discreet as possible. Adult fixed braces aren’t right for everyone, but Invisalign offers an excellent solution to the issue of feeling self-conscious.

Discreet treatment, fast results and minimal interruption to routine are very often important factors to adult orthodontic patients.

With hectic family lives and professional careers, these concerns are understandable and Invisalign goes a long way to addressing these concerns with a product that is certainly discreet and effective.

The transparent aligners that are used during Invisalign treatment are so subtle that they could be referred to as being ‘invisible braces’ in the sense that they are made from an almost completely see-through material.

In considering discreet braces for adults, Invisalign would often be a number one choice thanks to their transparent design, which minimises their appearance very effectively.

However, with Invisalign, it is not all about looks – this teeth straightening treatment is also highly effective.

How does Invisalign work

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign treatment works through the use of individual, clear aligners that are worn over the top of the teeth. These aligners are made from bespoke moulds that fit the patient’s teeth perfectly and are formulated to gradually move the teeth over time.

They apply gentle pressure at strategic points to allow the teeth to gradually move into the perfect alignment. At the start of the treatment, you will receive the full case of aligners and will change them every 10-14 days in line with your treatment plan.

You will visit the dentist occasionally throughout the treatment plan to ensure everything is on track, but checkups will be far less frequent than with fixed braces.

Invisalign offers an almost invisible solution for teeth straightening without any need to wear the fixed braces commonly associated with teeth straightening. Not only is the treatment plan more discreet, it is also more flexible and designed to fit your lifestyle.

How is Invisalign different to other braces

How is Invisalign different to other braces?

By fitting over the teeth rather than being fixed to the teeth, Invisalign offers a very different method of teeth straightening.

As well as being more discreet, there are a number of benefits to Invisalign treatment. This includes the following unique benefits:

  • Patients are able to remove the Invisalign aligners to eat. In fact, they must be removed while eating, allowing you to continue to eat the foods that you enjoy without worrying about the effect on your braces.

  • The patient can also remove their braces to brush and floss. This makes it easier to care for your teeth throughout treatment.

  • The aligners are laser-cut to fit your teeth and gums, which makes them more comfortable to wear than fixed braces. There are no wires or brackets that can poke your gums, cheeks or tongue.

While there may be lots of benefits to Invisalign, there are also a few considerations to keep in mind before choosing this treatment plan:

  • In order for the treatment to be effective, Invisalign aligners must be worn for around 20-22 hours per day. If you are forgetful and or likely to lose your aligners, this might not be the right treatment plan for you. You will need to be very disciplined to help ensure you keep wearing the aligners, even when it might be a little more uncomfortable.

  • Like any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is not completely discomfort-free. When you switch to a new aligner, you can expect mild discomfort, but this should be easily controlled with over-the-counter pain medication.

  • Invisalign isn’t the right choice for every orthodontic case. If you have extreme rotations, you might be better off with traditional fixed braces.

  • No orthodontic treatment is permanent, and you will need to commit to wearing a retainer at night time for as long as you want to maintain the results.

How long will I have to wear Invisalign aligners

How long will I have to wear Invisalign aligners?

Along with being flexible, comfortable and discreet, Invisalign teeth straightening treatment also delivers fast and efficient results.

Although each case must be treated on its own merits, Invisalign treatment usually takes between 12 and 18 months, however, this could be shorter or longer.

Thankfully, we can offer a preview of what you can expect your smile to look like before you start treatment. This can help you to stay on track and motivated to wear your aligners every day.

Bhandal Dental Practice offers a number of teeth straightening solutions for adult patients, including Invisalign.

To discuss which treatment is best for you – and to find out if you are suitable for Invisalign treatment – make an appointment to speak to one of the dentists at Blackheath Dental Practice.

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