Gaining that beautiful, straight smile of your dreams can often be a daunting thought. Braces, metal wires, and brackets, continuous adjustments, and everything else that comes along with traditional braces can often be off-putting. It can bring back awkward thoughts of teenage years spent hiding your smile but fortunately, due to significant advancements in orthodontics, much more discreet forms of treatment are available today.
The discreteness and ease of wearing Invisalign, have made it one of the most sought-after forms of orthodontic treatment. Let’s take a look at just why Invisalign is so great and how it can easily fit into your busy lifestyle.
Why Choose Invisalign?
Invisalign is a popular choice when it comes to orthodontic treatment, mainly because of its highly discreet nature in straightening your teeth. They consist of a series of clear, comfortable aligners made from thin, flexible plastic, which work to straighten your teeth gradually, gently moving them into the desired position with every new aligner that is created.
The aligners are made using 3D computer-imaging technology which takes the current position of your teeth and your desired, final straightened position, to map out a treatment plan. Every few weeks, new aligners are created to continue the desired movement until your teeth have made it to their final position.
Invisalign works to move teeth by applying controlled force to different teeth at different times within the treatment, so only specific teeth can move with each new set of aligners made for you. This means that it is a much less painful way of gaining a straighter smile in comparison to traditional metal braces.
The Benefits of Invisalign
There are endless benefits to using Invisalign over other forms of braces, the main being that it is possible to continue with the lifestyle you already have throughout the treatment. Other benefits of Invisalign include:
- Discreteness - one of the most significant benefits of Invisalign is its nearly invisible appearance. The clear aligners are hardly noticeable, allowing you to smile confidently throughout your treatment without feeling self-conscious.
- Removability - unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. You can take them out for meals and special occasions, making it easier to maintain your regular eating habits and oral hygiene routines.
- Comfort - Invisalign aligners are made from smooth, comfortable plastic, eliminating the irritation and discomfort often associated with metal wires and brackets. They also require fewer adjustments and emergency visits to the orthodontist.
- Versatility - Invisalign can treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, from minor spacing and crowding to more complex cases. Your orthodontist will create a customised treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
How Invisalign Can Fit into Your Lifestyle
As mentioned previously, the main benefit to Invisalign is that it can easily fit into your lifestyle, causing minimal disruption to your daily routine. If good oral hygiene is maintained in the form of brushing twice daily, flossing, keeping aligners clean and wearing them for a minimum of 22 hours a day, the introduction of Invisalign into your life should be a breeze. Compared to a traditional metal brace, Invisalign can easily fit into your lifestyle in the form of:
- Dietary Freedom - with traditional braces, certain foods like popcorn, sticky sweets, and hard nuts are off-limits due to the risk of damaging the hardware. Invisalign aligners can be removed during meals, allowing you to enjoy all your favourite foods without restrictions.
- Oral Hygiene - maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial during orthodontic treatment. Invisalign makes this easier because you can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. This reduces the risk of plaque build-up and cavities compared to traditional braces, where cleaning around brackets and wires can be challenging.
- Sports and Activities - if you're active in sports or play musical instruments, Invisalign aligners won't hinder your performance. You can remove them during physical activities and reinsert them afterwards. This flexibility ensures you can continue pursuing your passions without interference.
- Special Occasions - whether it's a wedding, job interview, or any event where you want to look your best, you can remove your Invisalign aligners for a few hours without affecting your treatment progress. This adaptability is a major advantage over traditional braces, which are always visible.
- Comfort and Confidence - the comfort and discreet appearance of Invisalign aligners boost your confidence throughout your treatment journey. You can smile, speak, and socialise with ease, knowing that your aligners are working quietly in the background.
Invisalign: A Popular Choice at Your Specialist Orthodontists, Oldham
If you’re thinking about pursuing a straighter smile, our specialist team here at Oldham Orthodontics is the perfect place to begin. Invisalign is a popular treatment at our practice, and we find that patients love Invisalign because of their comfort, removability, discreteness, and ease of use.
All our Orthodontists are highly qualified, experienced and well-known in the orthodontic sector for their expertise and knowledge. We treat a wide variety of patients from children under 18 who qualify for NHS orthodontic treatment through to adults.