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Pros and Cons of Invisalign

A range of options are now available to support you on your journey to a perfect smile – with Invisalign being one of these options.

Invisalign in Manchester has grown in popularity over the years, with professional athletes, celebrities, and even royalty all opting for Invisalign to help discreetly straighten teeth.

But is Invisalign the right solution for you?

Like all treatments, there are pros and cons to Invisalign, which we’ll delve into further below as well as look at what Invisalign is and how it works.

Invisalign aligners

Invisalign is a virtually clear aligner that can be easily removed and put back to straighten teeth over time.

Made from clear plastic, Invisalign covers all of your teeth and is an attractive option for those looking for discreet teeth straightening.

When you opt for Invisalign you will receive a set of trays which contain your aligners. You will change your set of aligners every one to two weeks, depending on your treatment plan. Each aligner is only slightly different, minimising discomfort while gently moving your teeth into their final position.

In some instances, you may need Invisalign attachments. These attachments are tooth-coloured brackets bonded to your teeth, helping aligners to move stubborn teeth more effectively.

Invisalign Manchester can help with teeth spacing, overcrowding, cross bites, deep bites, underbites, and more.

Pros of Invisalign

Discreet in appearance

One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is that they are pretty much invisible, which for older teens and adults who are a little more self-conscious, these aligners can be everything.

As a great alternative to metal, Invisalign aligners can help to straighten your teeth without the need for unsightly wires and brackets.

No food or dietary restrictions

When you have traditional braces, you must avoid certain food items such as popcorn, hard food items, i.e., biting into an apple or crusty roll, and chewing gum is most certainly a no, among others. However, with Invisalign, you can still enjoy all your favourite foods. You simply need to remove your Invisalign braces before you eat.

It is, however, vital that you clean your teeth after eating to remove any food particles, and then you can pop your aligners back into place for the remainder of the day.

Cleaning is easy

We all know that not brushing our teeth leads to bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease – and again, with regular braces, brushing and flossing are a little more difficult. Because Invisalign has no brackets or wires, the likelihood of food becoming trapped is minimal – however, still, brush your teeth regularly!

Fewer appointments

Traditional braces mean a lot of maintenance from your orthodontist as wires must be frequently changed, brackets bonded, etc. With Invisalign treatment, this isn’t the case. You will experience shorter appointment times and longer intervals between appointments, with some patients seen once every ten weeks.

Less irritation

As well as being less noticeable, Invisalign braces take less time to get used to compared to their metal counterparts. Especially with traditional braces, there is usually discomfort after each tightening appointment. With Invisalign, you can expect your teeth to feel sore in the initial few days, but this does settle down over time.

Downsides of Invisalign

You need discipline

If you don’t wear your Invisalign braces for the prescribed number of hours per day, they won’t work!

The success of your Invisalign treatment relies on you being incredibly disciplined, which means they must be kept on your teeth for between 20-22 hours per day – minimum. If you don’t, you will run the risk of your treatment taking longer than first planned. You may also experience more discomfort as your teeth shift will vary, and the final outcome may not be as expected.

Our advice…if you don’t think you can always wear your aligners, opt for braces.

Not suitable if you snack a lot

You must remove your Invisalign aligners when you eat or drink anything other than water. This means Invisalign will interrupt your normal eating and drinking habits. However, remember that this is only for a little while, and the results are worth it.

Talking with aligners takes practice

Pronunciation of certain words may be difficult at first, but practice makes perfect, and you’ll quickly adapt.

Is not suitable for complex issues

When looking into Invisalign’s pros and cons, it’s important to note that Invisalign isn’t right for everyone, and for more complex problems, your dentist may suggest traditional braces.

Invisalign Reviews

Not all teeth and bite problems can be corrected with Invisalign, and in these instances, braces are the best option.

Fortunately, your orthodontist will be able to provide you with the most appropriate solution for you.

Invisalign is an incredibly versatile option, with each dental treatment unique to the individual. However, which orthodontic treatment is right for you is entirely up to your lifestyle.

Talk to your dentist, find answers to your questions, and choose the best solution for you.

Check out our Invisalign offers today; call our team at 0161 527 5972.

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