What is your relationship to your teeth? Are you averse to smiling openly in front of the camera or do you prefer to keep your mouth closed? Are you unable to floss because of crowded teeth? Or do you just think your teeth could look better?
One in two British adults doesn’t like to smile because of their teeth, according to a 2019 study.
The survey found that teeth are a big source of anxiety. Teeth came third on the list of stress factors after finances and relationships.
There are many factors that affect oral health. If you’re unhappy about your alignment, it’s likely you’ve thought about braces like Invisalign. Invisalign aligners, also known as Invisalign braces, have grown in popularity over the past two decades with adults who want to straighten their teeth discreetly.
In the following post we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign. We’ll also help you decide if they are the right choice for your dental problems.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign, a clear removable aligner, gradually straightens your smile. Invisalign, unlike traditional metal braces is made from clear plastic. It is almost invisible. Invisalign’s transparent appearance makes it a popular option for adults who prefer to modify their teeth discreetly.
What is the secret to it?
Invisalign is a system that straightens your teeth using a series clear, removable aligners (trays), which you can change every one to two week. Each aligner can be slightly different, which allows your teeth to gradually, but steadily, move toward their final position.
Braces are often used to straighten teeth. However, Invisalign can also be used to correct a variety of bite problems (malocclusions).
Invisalign attachments can be small, tooth-coloured dots that attach to teeth. These attachments act as an anchor to help the aligner move the tooth more efficiently and grip it better. These attachments are not necessary for all Invisalign treatment. It depends on your starting position and the projected position of your teeth.
What is the cost of this?
Invisalign costs in the UK range from PS1,500 to PS5,000. There are many factors that affect the cost of Invisalign, including:
- How severe your case is and whether you require both upper and/or lower teeth to be adjusted will determine the severity of your case.
- The expected duration of your treatment
- Your dentist’s experience
If you are under 18, orthodontic treatment is free on the NHS. However, NHS braces can only be used if you are under 18. Invisalign or other clear braces alternatives are available only privately.
What is the time frame?
Although treatment times can vary, it is usually between six months and several years for minor adjustments. For more complicated cases, however. Most cases are finished within one year on average.
Your compliance with your aligners will affect the length of your treatment. Wearing your aligners for 22 hours a day is a good goal. Your treatment will take longer if you wear your aligners for less than that.
Invisalign added a blue dot “compliance indicator”, which was introduced to aligners in order to ensure compliance a few years back. Aligners now have blue dots that gradually fade with wear. Your dentist will notice if the blue dots remain visible after you swap to the next aligne.
How inconvenient is Invisalign?
Parents often prefer to give their children braces. Invisalign is a disciplined and committed treatment that requires discipline both during and after.
It doesn’t stop once your teeth are in the best possible position. Teeth can be stubborn. To prevent them from moving back slowly after treatment, you should wear a retainer at bedtime.
Drinking and eating
Although Invisalign is discreet, it does not offer the convenience of food and drinks. Invisalign does not allow you to eat with it. It is also forbidden to drink anything other than water.
To keep your aligners clean and clear, you will need to brush and floss your teeth before every use.
Do you smoke or do you vape?
When your aligners come in, smoking, vaping and shisha are all off the table. If you have been considering quitting for some time, Invisalign might be the motivator you need.
Keep your aligners clean
After eating or drinking, brush your aligners gently with a toothbrush.
For a deeper clean, you can use aligner cleaning tablets. Although it can be tempting to use an electric toothbrush to clean your aligners, this can be too harsh.
It is so noticeable!
Invisalign is the most popular option for adult tooth movement. This is due to the fact that they are the least visible type of brace. However, these aligners are slightly more noticeable if you have attachments, or if there is a gap (“halo”) between the teeth and the aligner. If you have any concerns, consult your orthodontist.
Invisalign can digitally create a tooth shape from visible gaps in your teeth if they are larger than a normal tooth. It can be painted in our clinic or filled with a tooth-coloured restoration so that it doesn’t appear as if a tooth is missing.
Do my teeth always hurt?
For the first few days after you begin wearing new aligners, there will be a slight sensation of pressure or pain. This is normal and a sign that the aligners are working. The discomfort will begin to subside after a few days as the teeth settle. We recommend that aligners be changed before you go to bed. This will make it less painful.
What are the alternatives to Invisalign Braces
Invisalign was invented in the late 1990s. It has revolutionized orthodontic treatment. Before Invisalign, metal braces and other less attractive alternatives were the only tangible options for people wanting to overhaul their smiles. Metal braces were primarily considered an option for teens and children, while adults tend to avoid orthodontic treatment.
The Invisalign aligners inspired similar products that focus on aesthetics.
- Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces, but they use clear or tooth-colored brackets instead of metallic brackets. Although they are less visible than metal braces, they are not as discreet as Invisalign.
- Other clear braces: Since some of Invisalign’s patents expired in 2017, various competitors have emerged offering clear brace alternatives. This is great news. The prices of dental providers are now more affordable. Clear braces don’t always take longer than ceramic or metal braces, but it all depends on your case.
- Damon braces are a special type of technology that optimises the straightening process. The archwires of the past are being replaced by self-ligating, lighter wires with shape-memory that require no tightening. There are no palate expanders, no ties or elastics. Damon’s system incorporates a sliding mechanism that reduces friction between each tooth.
New technologies allow dental providers to remotely monitor your orthodontic progress, which can save you several trips to the dentist.
What Problems Can Be Treated with Invisalign?
Invisalign is a treatment that can address a wide range of dental problems, including alignment issues and malocclusions. The following are the most common uses of Invisalign:
- Teeth that are spaced apart
- Too many teeth
- Deep bites
Invisalign braces can be used in many different situations, but each case is unique. Metal braces are best for severe malocclusions. It’s best to consult directly with a trusted dental practitioner to ensure that your needs are fully understood and can be addressed before starting treatment.
Summary: The Pros and Cons of Invisalign
- Better oral health over the long-term: More time spent cleaning your teeth and correcting any spacing problems will result in healthier, cleaner teeth.
- Invisalign almost invisible: Most people won’t even notice you have Invisalign.
- Comfort Invisalign is more comfortable than other braces, as they don’t use wires or brackets.
- They are removable and easier to clean than fixed braces.
- They address a wide range of alignment issues
- Being more aware of what you eat and drink will help you to be healthier. Having to brush your teeth after every meal, snack or drink will make it seem like a waste. People are more likely to feel better after having orthodontic treatment.
- These aligners require fewer visits to the dentist than fixed braces because you get multiple aligners at once, and don’t need to return often for tightening.
- These tend to be the most expensive (PS1,500-PS5,000).
- It is slower to move teeth than ceramic or metal braces.
- Attachments might be necessary: These are tooth-coloured dots that attach to your teeth. They are used to hold the aligner in place and help it move the tooth more efficiently. They make Invisalign more visible.
- They cannot be used to treat severe bite problems (malocclusions). You’ll need to use ceramic or metal braces for more complex dental issues.
- Painful: As with all orthodontic treatments, you will feel some discomfort or pain as your teeth shift.
- They can be annoying: You’ll need them to be removed before you eat or drink anything other than water. This can become tiresome.
How to choose the right dental provider
You need to trust your dentist to make sure that Invisalign is not just a series or plastic trays.
Invisalign can be a worthwhile investment if the work is done correctly. A smile that you love will give your confidence a lifetime.