What You Should Know About Invisalign
If your teeth are not as straight you would like them to be, you may think that traditional braces are your only option. This is not necessarily the case. You may be able to opt for Invisalign® treatment instead.
In certain cases Invisalign® can be used to straighten teeth. It’s a popular choice with many people because it’s less intrusive than wearing braces. So, what is Invisalign® and is it suitable for you?
What is Invisalign®?
Put simply, Invisalign® is an aligner that is custom made for the individual. It consists of a clear plastic tray that is placed over the teeth. The tray is designed to fit perfectly to the teeth of the wearer. The fact that the tray is clear means that it’s less intrusive than traditional braces, which are attached to the teeth. The aligner is normally interchanged every two weeks for between 6 and 18 months.
The length of treatment depends on how severe the original issue is. If you choose Invisalign® treatment, and it’s suitable for you, the plastic trays should make no noticeable difference to the appearance of your smile during the period of treatment.
How are the aligners made?
Normally, the Invisalign® process starts when a 3D camera is used to scan your teeth. Once this process is complete, the images are used to create a virtual 3D model of your mouth. Dental professionals then use a computer to work out what your mouth should look like at the end of the process.
A customised aligner is then created which will move the teeth gradually so that they go from their current position to the position that is being aimed for. This process obviously takes place over a period of time, so the teeth are moved slowly, one step at a time.
Invisalign® compared to traditional braces
You are probably used to the sight of traditional braces, which are often used to correct the positioning of a person’s teeth. These braces generally consist of metal posts that are attached to the teeth and rubber bands that are attached to the posts and are tightened in order to gradually move the teeth over time.
There are obvious disadvantages to these braces. They can be uncomfortable to wear and they have an adverse effect on the appearance of the wearer. It can also be difficult to eat, and clean your teeth, when you are wearing traditional braces. In the case of cleaning, this can be a particular issue as it can have an adverse effect on your normal cleaning routine. This is turn can lead to damage to your teeth.
Comparing Invisalign® to these braces shows that there are several differences.
These differences include:
- Invisalign® trays can be removed when teeth need to be cleaned or when the wearer is eating. This makes it easier for the wearer to continue with their normal dental hygiene routine.
- The trays that are worn on the teeth are clear so they are not visible to others. This means that the appearance of the wearer is not affected.
- The cost of Invisalign® is higher than for treatments using traditional braces.
- The fact that Invisalign® is less intrusive than traditional braces means that it’s a popular method of straightening teeth. This is despite the fact that the cost of the treatment is higher.
The cost of Invisalign®
We have already touched on the fact that Invisalign® is more expensive than having treatment which includes the fitting of traditional braces. According to the Invisalign® website, treatment prices in the UK are usually between £2,500 and £5,500. However, each case is different and there are many factors which can affect the price. These factors include:
- The overall state of the oral health of the patient.
- How much work is required to straighten teeth.
- The geographical location of the dental practice.
The best way to discover the price of treatment in your case is to book a consultation. The dental professional will tell you what you can expect to pay based on the amount of treatment that you need.
When Invisalign® is not suitable
It’s important to mention that Invisalign® is not suitable for everyone. It’s often not suitable for helping to align severely crooked teeth and it may not help with serious bite issues. Sometimes, there is a problem using Invisalign® on molars which have deep tooth roots.
Another issue that can occur with the use of Invisalign® treatment is that the trays are not worn consistently. This happens when people remove the trays, to eat or to clean their teeth, and neglect to put them back in.
Is Invisalign® the right choice?
You can see the benefits that Invisalign® comes with, and the limitations that exist. You need to consider both of these factors before you make a choice about the type of treatment that you want. Of course, you also need to speak to a dental professional during your consultation. Doing this gives you the information that you need and helps you to come to an informed decision.
Invisalign® treatment at Maida Smiles Dental Clinic
The team at Maida Smiles know how important it is for patients to have the bright and brilliant smile they are looking for. This is why you can talk to a dental professional about problems that you are having with the positioning or alignment of your teeth. There are several different options available to you when it comes to treatment, including Invisalign®.
During your consultation, you will be provided with all the advice that you need to make informed choices about treatment. You will also be able to ask any questions that you have about the Invisalign® process. Depending on the outcome of the consultation, you can then undergo the Invisalign® treatment that you need. Alternatively, you will be advised about what treatment option you should choose.
If you want to start improving your smile, make an appointment to discuss your requirements with us. We will provide you with the expert treatment that you need.