Many patients come to us looking for an improvement in the appearance of their smile but are concerned about the appearance of the braces. Often these are professional people with jobs that involve face to face interaction with customers or the public. It is therefore important that they have confidence in their appearance, especially their smile. Wearing a traditional visible brace for months is simply not an option for them. This is where Invisalign aligners offer an alternative way to have teeth straightened with a virtually invisible brace.
Invisalign differs from a traditional brace that is attached to the front of the teeth. It is made up of a series of ‘aligners’; thin, transparent plastic mouth guards that are worn 24 hours a day excluding eating and drinking. When in the mouth they are virtually invisible to the untrained eye!
Invisalign treatment often takes the same amount of time as a traditional brace to complete the treatment depending on the amount of tooth movement required and how well the aligners are worn (6-18 months). We prefer Invisalign for less complex treatment (smile makeovers and simple bite correction) in patients who are not looking for the ‘Hollywood smile’ but just an improvement in their current situation. This is because we find Invisalign is not as effective as our fixed-on braces.
Invisalign is virtually undetectable once in a mouth, however we often need to place small attachments to the teeth to allow the aligners to move the teeth effectively. Although discreet, these attachments are visible, similar to our clear fixed braces.
|invisible?||Yes||Attachments are visible|
|Suitable for all treatments?||Yes||Simple treatment only|
|Treatment times||6-18 months||6-18 months|
|Affects speech?||Slightly in first few weeks||Slightly in first few weeks|
|Requires ‘stripping’ of teeth?||Occasionally||In most cases|
|Delivers predictable results?||Yes||Sometimes requires further modification|
Please get in touch with us if you would like more information on any of our invisible braces.