Crowded, spaced and crooked teeth can affect your self-confidence, but not everyone is willing to wear metal braces to correct them. Luckily, Invisalign offers an alternative to traditional metal braces. This innovative treatment consists of a series of custom-made, transparent aligners that gradually move your teeth into their correct position without the aesthetic shortcomings of metal braces.
Patients opting for Invisalign with a highly-trained and specialised dentist such as Graham Tinkler in London, will have to wear their aligners for up to 22 hours a day. The retainers should only be removed during meals and for cleaning your teeth. It is really important to wear them for this many hours for the treatment to be effective.
Apart from getting straight and healthy teeth, however, patients have experienced some surprising benefits during Invisalign treatment.
Lifestyle without compromise
One of the major disadvantages of wearing braces as an adult, besides the cosmetic effect, is the huge change in one’s lifestyle. Regular braces prevent people from eating their favourite foods and if they cannot clean their teeth properly after eating, they can develop gum disease and tooth decay. Moreover, brackets and wires can cause scrapes and cuts to the cheeks if you are not careful enough.
With Invisalign, these problems are non-existent. Invisalign aligners are removable, therefore there is no worrying about food remains stuck in between braces. With Invisalign, you do not need to change your everyday habits and lifestyle.
The Invisalign diet
Although Invisalign aligners have to be taken out to eat, you need to wear them virtually all day except for meals. That means snacking is quite challenging, leading to gradual weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.
Shorter treatment time
Braces are effective but they can take up to two years to get results. That’s another important benefit of Invisalign: treatment times are reduced by half compared to metal braces. This is because Invisalign aligners are customised for each patient and 3D technology allows for a detailed treatment plan from the beginning. Therefore, any errors can be fixed by a dentist.
Nonetheless, treatment time varies depending on the severity of your needs, but generally, it will still be quicker.