Yes, you heard us right! Many people think braces have to be worn in order to get that lovely smile, but here at Loughborough Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer a revolutionary teeth-straightening treatment: Invisalign. There are so many great reasons to choose this treatment – and so many reasons why your orthodontist could recommend them. Here’s how it stacks up against traditional braces.
Look & feel
Traditional braces are made of brackets, wires and a whole lot of metal. Invisalign is clear, made of sturdy acrylic plastic and is extremely comfortable to wear, too. You can most definitely get straight teeth without braces, because Invisalign is actually an aligner system, where you change out trays every few months to slowly move your teeth into position over time.
It goes without saying that traditional braces are fixed to your teeth, which means only an orthodontist can take them out. Although this does give you comfort in knowing that they’re working their magic on your smile without you having to do much more than keep them clean, it also means that you can’t remove them.
Invisalign creates straight teeth without braces, with trays that can be taken out for cleaning your teeth, eating, and the odd special occasion, too. They don’t even need to be worn all day, either – 20 hours is the minimum.
You could be forgiven for thinking that Invisalign aligners are a more costly orthodontic option, especially as they give you those lovely straight teeth without braces. In fact, treatment costs are usually pretty similar to that of traditional braces.
Our orthodontists actually think Invisalign aligners offer incredible value for money – all of the advantages of braces, yet contained with a handy set of aligners instead.
With Invisalign aligners, you can actually plot how your teeth change over time through clever 3D imaging technology. And, you’ll also get a sneak peak of how your teeth will look at the end of treatment, too. This offers great comfort to our patients – especially teens, who can be nervous about starting the teeth-straightening process, and need the reassurance of guaranteed results.
This is one of the biggest advantages to Invisalign, as this can’t be done with traditional braces. It’ll also give you an idea of how many sets of aligners you’ll need throughout your treatment, and how often you’ll need to change them.
It can be difficult enough to keep on top of cleaning your teeth, let alone adapting to a whole new routine for traditional braces. Invisalign aligners do need to be cleaned, but are a lot easier to handle, as you won’t need to navigate your toothbrush and dental floss around troublesome wires and brackets.
Instead, you can remove your aligners to rinse and brush them, and can also brush and floss your own teeth as normal. There’s also an Invisalign cleaning system available to make it even easier – just ask us, and we’ll talk you through it.
Prepare for a beautiful smile
Now we’ve run through the basics and given you a comparison between aligners and braces, we’d love to help you take those first steps on your journey to a straighter, more beautiful smile. Here at Loughborough Orthodontics, we’re a friendly bunch – so get in touch with our team today via our contact page, and we’ll book you in for a consultation.