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Four advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces

Having crooked teeth comes with lots of problems. Having straighter teeth doesn’t just make your smile look better, but it’s easier to clean your teeth when they are straight, as there are fewer places that plaque can hide away. Straight teeth tend to last longer.

Here at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, Invisalign treatment is being recommended to straighten adult patients’ teeth. In the past, if you wanted to straighten your teeth, the only option viable option would be traditional braces.

Traditional braces can get you great results, but there are downsides to this form of treatment.

Invisalign in BerkshireAppearance

In short: Invisalign looks better than traditional braces. Many people associate traditional braces with teenage years. Conspicuous metal wires and brackets often catch food and can get stuck. This simply doesn’t happen with Invisalign treatments.

When the patient is using Invisalign treatment, it looks as though they aren’t undergoing any treatment at all.

Comfort

When a patient chooses fixed braces, they can’t be removed without a professional’s help. At times, they can become uncomfortable.

When the dentist adjusts the patient’s braces by tightening the wires on the braces, the patient can experience pain. This is sometimes such that painkillers need to be prescribed.

Invisalign doesn’t have this problem as the aligners can be removed by the user whenever they choose.

This makes meal times much easier and more comfortable for the user.

Also, traditional braces are made from materials that can damage the gums, tongue and cheeks of the patient. This can be painful and uncomfortable for the patient. Clear aligners are made of smooth plastic that is much more comfortable to wear.

Cleaning

Because traditional braces cover most of the tooth, it can be much more difficult to keep them clean, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign trays can be removed when it comes to cleaning.

Treatment time

Traditional braces, on average, take between 18 months and three years to straighten your teeth. Invisalign takes between 12 and 18 months. Invisalign’s treatment is also fully planned beforehand, so you know exactly what to expect when the treatment is complete.