Regardless of your age, undergoing treatment to straighten your teeth can be an embarrassing situation. Conventional metal braces are unsightly, and for many they can increase the sense of insecurity about their mouth and teeth. However, Invisalign aligners are different, as they are nearly invisible and can easily be removed for special occasions, making them a much more discreet option for straightening your teeth.
The main differences between Invisalign and conventional braces for patients from Dukinfield are as follows
- First and foremost conventional braces are made of metal and are attached to the teeth and so cannot be removed until the treatment has concluded.
- Invisalign are clear and removable. Unlike conventional braces there are no rough sides to causes soreness in the mouth and they can yield results in a shorter time frame than their traditional counterparts.
- The cost of both is around the same, however, Invisalign can be cheaper dependant on the level of treatment required.
How do Invisalign aligners work?
Instead of having the aligners attached to the teeth and adjusted by an orthodontist, the Invisalign braces are created for each individual and are replaced about every two weeks for the next set and on average around 18 to 30 sets of aligners are used during the treatment. This means over time the teeth are moved and straighten little by little, until they have reached the final and desired position. In addition to the increased comfort and cosmetic desirability of the Invisalign braces, a 3D plan of what your teeth will look like after the treatment is made before you start, to give you a clear image of what to expect.
Both forms of treatment have their pluses and minuses and whether or not Invisalign is for you may well depend on the level of work required. It is also worth noting that unlike conventional braces Invisalign can only be fitted by a trained dentist. This new approach to teeth straightening is perfect for anyone who doesn’t require extreme levels of treatment, as the Invisalign braces are more suited to treating mild orthodontic problems.