Invisalign is a dental procedure which is both non-invasive and effective at aligning the teeth and perfecting your smile. It involves the provision of a set of invisible aligning braces, which are fitted over the teeth and must be worn for up to 22 hours per day in order to optimise the results.
While Invisalign in Essex is a popular alternative to traditional fixed braces, it’s important to note both the benefits and the drawbacks or things to consider, before diving in and booking the treatment for yourself. Which is where this blog comes in.
The benefits of Invisalign
By far the biggest benefit of Invisalign is the results that can be achieved when you fully commit to the process and spend the right amount of time wearing your aligners every day. The idea of Invisalign is that it gives the patient or client control over their own smile, with early consultations allowing you to share your ideal results with your dental practitioner before treatment commences.
A set of braces are then produced using x-rays and generated images of how your teeth will look when adjusted at the end of treatment – with most practices changing the aligner every one or two weeks to keep up with the repositioning of the teeth.
Another benefit is the fact that these aligners can be removed – and are designed specifically to be as non-invasive as possible in your everyday life. When you are wearing an Invisalign brace, most people around you will not be able to tell, plus you can remove the aligner for eating and to clean your teeth, optimising oral hygiene without impacting your results.
In comparison with a traditional fixed brace, this makes Invisalign a much more enticing option for adults concerned with their appearance and the change in routine that wearing a brace requires.
The drawbacks of Invisalign
With Invisalign proving to be an effective and convenient treatment option for those seeking a straighter and more aligned smile, the only real drawbacks to consider have to do with the need to commit to the process fully, and of course the cost.
Invisalign can be paid for or funded by a monthly payment system – however, it does tend to add up with monthly payments spanning a total of 60 months via our dental plan. The other consideration is that being able to remove the aligners can make it easy for patients or clients to interrupt the success of their own treatment. Unless you are committed and able to wear the aligners for around 22 hours in every 24 hour period, you will find that the results many be impacted.
Is Invisalign right for you?
To help you work through the pros and cons of Invisalign for you, every treatment program starts with a consultation during which we will identify your goals and discuss whether your results are possible or realistic.
For more information, book an initial appointment today.