There is no doubt that Invisalign is one of the most recognised teeth straightening systems available. You may already be aware of the brand, as its popularity has increased in the UK.
At the practice we are finding that more and more new patients are enquiring about Invisalign directly and are already aware of the clear brace technology that has made the brand such a popular cosmetic treatment for teeth straightening. Often calling them “the invisible braces”.
Perhaps due to this popularity, there’s a healthy buzz online through social media. So for those who might still be undecided about going for an Invisalign treatment here are 5 truths that will hopefully help you.
Truth 1: The aligners need to stay on your teeth to work
One of the most attractive features of Invisalign braces (more commonly called aligners) is that they are removable. Unlike traditional wire-and-bracket braces, you can remove the aligner for meals as well as for brushing and flossing. This means you won’t have to avoid favourite foods or clean with caution for fear of damaging the braces. For optimum results however, we recommend the aligners be kept on for 22 hours or more per day.
Truth 2: You will need to clean your teeth after every meal
It’s necessary to maintain a good oral hygiene regime to reduce the risk of infections or tooth decay throughout the treatment plan. Brushing and flossing needs to be thorough to remove food debris as well as to clean those areas where there is contact between teeth and aligner. To help we advise patients to invest in a few travel toothbrushes to help keep up with the routine.
Truth 3: The treatment is not painful
It’s not uncommon to experience mild discomfort during the phases of treatment, this usually occurs when switching to a new set of aligners and this sensation usually subsides within a couple of days. This slight discomfort experienced in the initial days of wearing a new set of aligners may be attributed to pressure that is needed to realign the teeth. The good news is that patients report that they get used to this sensation – when the teeth begin to shift and conform.
Truth 4: Invisalign is not for everyone
Invisalign can treat most common orthodontic problems such as crowded teeth, overbites, underbites or gaps. There are limitations and Invisalign is not considered the best solution for treating complex orthodontic cases such as severe deep overbites or severely rotated teeth. We always carry out a full assessment to check whether a patient would make a good candidate for Invisalign referring to a specialist orthodontist if we are unable to help. If you have any concerns about your situation you should first talk to our team to get a better idea about your suitability and related costs.
Truth 5: The aligners are virtually invisible
Invisalign aligners are not invisible. Still, they are made of a clear material and very discreet; others won’t notice them in your mouth. I am sure you recall the last person you saw wearing traditional “train track” style metal braces? Can you recall someone wearing a clear aligner? That alone should underline the effectiveness and invisible nature of the clear brace technology provided by the Invisalign system.
If you would like to find out more about Invisalign call now and speak with a member of our friendly team.