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Invisalign Advantages - Better than normal braces

Discover the main advantages of Invisalign and its disadvantages or limitations. Some think its invisible properties are the greatest advantage. However, we would say it’s more it’s speed and cost.

Main Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign undoubtedly has many advantages, hence why it’s the leading straightening system in the UK and worldwide – and it’s a relatively new product. But patients aren’t just choosing Invisalign because it’s invisible.

The real advantages of Invisalign:

  • The price of Invisalign
  • Available on 0% finance for affordable monthly payments
  • One of the fastest straightening devices on the market
  • Takes from 7 weeks up to 12 months


Jump to the full list of benefits to know all the great things you should expect. Take me there.


At the same time, discover what Invisalign cannot do and some cons associated with the treatment. More.

Invisalign costs

Explore all the different costs of Invisalign and the various ways to pay for your aligners. More.

Real person reviews

Discover the advantages reviewed by real patients to discover what it’s really like wearing Invisalign. More.

Andrew Forysth
Andrew Forysth
4 years a customer and always professional yet friendly service. Corrected my major issues (fillings/caps) and while they're keen to ensure ongoing 'perfect teeth' they don't hard sell peripheral / optional treatments. Highly recommended
Lucy MacCarthy
Lucy MacCarthy
I was looking for somewhere with a personal touch, that I could trust and that’s what I got at Mint. They always remember my name and are so polite. After a year of zoom meetings I really wanted my teeth to be straight and the results completely surpassed my expectations. I now feel comfortable taking photos! The team explained everything clearly (I felt I could ask anything multiple times) appointments were always organised and it was a really easy, worthwhile process. My teeth look like my teeth but are now at their best.
Jack Bell
Jack Bell
The clinic is a really lovely place to visit - it is extremely clean and all of the staff are very friendly. They were kind and reassuring all the way through my Invisalign treatment - as well as having amazing technology at their disposal. Dr Imran is so accommodating and kept everything simple, addressing any concerns straight away. All in all I would definitely recommend Mint Dental Clinic, a lovely experience all round.
Mitos Sangil
Mitos Sangil
Dr Patel has done very good job. He explains the procedure very well. He is very skilled. Staff are very friendly and accommodative. I booked for emergency procedure and the team are so quick to respond. The clinic is also very clean. Over all , I highly recommend Mint Clinic in St Georges road to everyone who gets problem with their teeth. 👏👏👏👍👍👍
Cesar Vicente
Cesar Vicente
Amazing experience at Mint dental clinic. Dr R Patel best dentist that has worked on my teeth.He explained all the treatment and has lots of experience. The staff is very friendly and very welcoming. They make you feel right at home. Assistant is very professional and very personable. Really happy with my Invisalign journey and the result.
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox
Best dentist I’ve ever had! Have completed a year of Invisalign with Dr Patel and he has been so reassuring and kind throughout. From the reception staff to hygenists they really go above and beyond to make you feel looked after and special. I couldn’t recommend them enough!
Thomas Geoffrey
Thomas Geoffrey
Over the past six years Dr Raj and Preanka and all of the team at Mint have been exceptional. Every member of the team is exemplary at their expertise and I've never felt in better hands at the dentist. Affordable and top of the range, I would recommend them to anyone.
Mose Aitch
Mose Aitch
Excellent dental practice. A very smartly turned-out surgery. Staff are polite and very professional. I am impressed with the modern teeth scanning equipment. Dr Raj Patel will put you at ease. He is highly professional dentist. I have no problem in recommending Dr Patel and the rest of the Mint team.

Advantages of Invisalign - full list

As you can take out your aligners to eat and drink (recommended), there’s no restrictions on what you can or cannot eat as with traditional metal braces.

As you don’t have to be careful eating hard foods (and even steak) that might break the brackets, or get stuck in the tracks or wires, you’re free to live life as normal. 

What puts many adults off seeking straighter teeth treatments like braces is the fact they wish not to draw attention to the fact they’re straightening teeth – which as you might knows comes with a lot of stigma. With Invisalign, it’s not like that – and it’s so popular that seeing adults wearing them is not out of the ordinary. 

Invisalign is a game-changer for those seeking straighter teeth, as the clear aligners allow for a much more discreet process.

Metal braces cause stains on the teeth when they are removed, which can be unwelcome surprises. But more than that, as practising oral hygiene is limited, you might develop gingivitis or decay as a result. 

With Invisalign, patients actually report an improved, whiter smile as they’re required to brush their teeth after every meal before placing their aligners back in. 

The worst thing that can happen with Invisalign is that you lose your aligners and disrupt your treatment. However, with metal braces the risk of a broken bracket is higher.

Compared to metal braces, Invisalign is superior in comfort. However, that does not mean to say not to experience any discomfort, which should be expected slightly when swapping out your aligners for a new set.

Invisalign is easier on the gums and on the cheeks as there’s no wires or metal brackets to graze them.

There’s two hours a day, where you can be free from your aligners, which means if you have a special moment or occasion, like a kiss, event or a photo, it won’t be interrupted by your aligners.

As long as you wear your aligners for 22 hours per day, you’ll be fine. Remember though, that aligners are to be removed when eating and brushing teeth.

Invisalign isn’t just made from plastic, but advanced SmartTrack material, which delivers more predictable, controlled tooth movement. 

Invisalign can treat several severe bite problems like underbites, overbites, crossbites and open bites, making metal braces almost redundant making it a viable option for almost every teenager and adult.

Invisalign involves no tightening or adjustments that’s required in the dental chair. You will only need to follow up with the dentist every six weeks or so with appointments that are much shorter. 

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The few disadvantages of Invisalign

Invisalign will be unable to help cases that are complex and require oral surgery. They also cannot rotate teeth past 20 degrees, for example, for Invisalign to work, the teeth must be slanted forwards or backwards by no more than 45 degrees.

Invisalign is also limited in the fact that it cannot close gaps larger than 6mm. 

This means, that you as the wearer, must follow the rules for the treatment to work successfully. You must wear your aligners for 22 hours per day, and to keep your aligners stain-free and invisible, they should be removed to eat.

Your new aligner sets aim to shift teeth into the next degree of movement – this of course, will come with some discomfort, and will feel tight for up to the first week.

Wearing aligners for the first time will feel odd. Some patients might encounter a slight lisp initially as they get used to their aligners, or experience excessive saliva build up, which usually subsides after the first three days. Drinking water will help.

If you don’t take care of your aligners, or remove them when you’re eating you will experience aligner discolouration.

Invisalign Costs £58.10 PM

Invisalign costs start from £2,499. Terms extend to 60 months with a 14.9% APR.

Freebies and prices tend always to include:

  • At-home tooth whitening or composite bonding
  • Free hygiene sessions
  • Your set of removable retainers
  • Aftercare and appointments
*Cost per month based on treatment costing £2,499 over 60 months. 14.9% APR.

Invisalign reviews from real patients

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  • Tuesday: 09.00 – 19.00
  • Wednesday: 09.00 – 17.30
  • Thursday: 10.00 – 19.00
  • Friday: 09.30 – 17.30
  • Saturday: 09.00 – 13.00 (By appointment only)
  • Sunday: Closed


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