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.
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:
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.
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 start from £3,000. Terms extend to 60 months with a 14.9% APR.
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