The saying goes that a smile is worth a thousand words – but what is your smile saying about you?
For people who suffer from uneven, overcrowded or wonky teeth – smiling can be something that makes them feel extremely self-conscious. This leaves them hiding their face, using their hands to cover their mouths, turning away or trying to avoid showing their teeth all together.
Braces are an effective treatment used to gradually move, reposition and straighten teeth over a period of time to give patients a smile they will be proud to show off.
When most people think of braces they think of the ‘traditional’ metal train track style braces that have been used in dentistry for several decades. Thanks to advances in dentistry Invisalign has become a discrete, affordable teeth straightening solution that offers patients an effective alternative to metal braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign braces are a custom made set of clear, removable aligners that move the patient’s teeth in a sequence determined by their dentist.
These transparent retainer style braces can be taken out quickly and discretely at any time to eat or clean and allow patients to go about their everyday life without feeling self-conscious.
Each aligner tray or ‘retainer’ is tailor made for each individual and are swapped for the next retainer in the sequence approximately every two weeks – gradually moving the teeth into their correct position over time.
Invisalign VS Metal Braces
Both metal and Invisalign braces are an efficient way to straighten teeth but there are pros and cons to both and each patient has individual needs that may require different treatments. Before making a decision, it is important to talk through all of the options thoroughly with your dentist who can help advise on what treatment would deliver the best results.
Appearance – Invisalign are transparent and almost completely invisible unlike metal braces which are very noticeable.
Removable – Invisalign retainers need to be worn for ideally around 22 hours a day which means you can easily and discretely remove them to eat and brush your teeth whereas metal braces are fixed so cannot be removed at all.
Comfort – Whilst there can be some discomfort or tenderness during the straightening process with both types of braces, with metal braces patients can offer suffer from mouth and gum problems such as cuts on the inside of the cheeks that require salt washes which isn’t an issue with Invisalign.
Eating – Metal braces can cause difficulties when eating which make certain types of foods and things like chewing gum off limits. As well as causing discomfort to the wearer eating the wrong things can damage or break bands, brackets and wires leading to prolonged treatment times. With Invisalign you simply remove your retainer and enjoy your food.
Hygiene – With Invisalign it is exceptionally easy to keep your teeth clean. The retainers can discretely and quickly be removed at any time to eat or brush your teeth, unlike metal braces which can be tricky to not only eat with but keep clean.
Whilst Invisalign braces Essex are a much more favourable option for many patients – not everyone is a suitable candidate. Patients with severely crooked teeth or more complex dental needs may be better suited to a metal brace which will have more chance of success fully aligning teeth in a more reasonable time period.
Is Invisalign Right For You?
For a lot of patients Invisalign is an affordable, effective, easy treatment path for attaining the straight smile they desire. But to achieve such results patients must be disciplined and ensure they follow the rules laid out by their dentist which include;
- Wearing them consistently for at least the recommended 22 hours a day.
- Keeping up dental hygiene and cleaning teeth and retainer regularly, thoroughly and in between meals.
- Be careful not to damage or lose trays as this can lead to delayed treatment and the need for replacement trays.
For subtle, easy, cost effective teeth straightening – Invisalign could be the perfect solution to achieving that smile you’ve always wanted!