If wonky or gappy teeth are making you miserable you might be considering having your teeth straightened. If you have been searching online or asking around, you’ve probably come across Invisalign as it’s a very popular teeth straightening solution. There are many issues that this treatment can correct but it isn’t always going to be the best treatment option, so to help you decide, here are 5 reasons why Invisalign braces might be right for you:
1. Your orthodontic issues are straightforward
Invisalign braces are generally used to correct straightforward orthodontic issues such as:
- Overbite - where your top teeth close in front of your bottom teeth
- Underbite - where your bottom teeth stick out further than your top teeth
- Crowded teeth - where there isn’t enough jaw room to fit all your teeth in comfortably
- Gap teeth - where there are spaces between your teeth
Depending on the complexity of your case, you could start to see results in as little as 6 months.
2.You’re an adult with all of your teeth
Though there are specialised treatments for the younger generation such as Invisalign Lite, it is generally recommended that standard Invisalign aligners are only used to treat adults who have all of their own teeth. This is because we can’t always tell how children’s adult teeth are going to develop, so it’s best to wait and see how they are placed before advising on the best teeth straightening treatment.
Of course, if you are looking for teeth straightening for your child now then you may want to consider traditional braces.
3.You’re a responsible person
When it comes to Invisalign treatment it won’t just be your dentist doing the hard work as you’ll also need to stick to a routine and ensure you wear your braces if you want to reap the results.
Invisalign aligners are removable, making it easy for you to eat the foods you want and clean your teeth effectively, but you have to remember to put them back in afterwards as it is recommended you wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day for the treatment to be successful.
If you’re likely to lose your aligners or forget to replace them you might be better with a fixed brace. So to summarise, here are the main differences:
Invisalign Vs Braces
- Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning, whereas traditional braces are fixed for the period of treatment.
- Treatment typically involves less consultations than fixed braces and results can be quicker.
- Invisalign patients need to be disciplined, as aligners need to be worn 22 hours a day.
- Invisalign aligners apply a lower force to teeth so they may be more comfortable initially than fixed braces.
- You don’t need to modify your diet to undergo Invisalign treatment as you can remove the aligners when eating.
4.You’re not a smoker
If you’re planning on having your teeth straightened it’s a good idea to give up smoking beforehand as it may have a negative impact on your treatment or cause your teeth to be stained around the braces. With Invisalign, as you’ll need to wear the trays most of the time, smoking can interfere with the treatment, causing the trays to become dirty or encouraging you to remove them frequently in order to smoke. In general, we recommend that only non-smokers are a good fit for this type of treatment.
5.You have good oral hygiene
Not only do you need to be a non-smoker but you also need to have good oral hygiene if you want to get the best results from your Invisalign treatment. You’ll need to be meticulous about cleaning your Invisalign aligners and keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy by brushing twice a day and using interdental brushes or floss to get in between your teeth to remove debris before it turns into plaque build up.
Looking for Invisalign in London?
Look no further than Riverside Dental Spa. Our friendly team of dental professionals are here to help advise you on the best teeth straightening treatment, so if you think Invisalign braces are a good fit for you just give us a call on 020 7091 0677 or click here to send us a message or book a consultation.