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What is Invisalign? And Why Should You Care?

In the UK, only teenagers can have orthodontic treatment on the NHS. Many people miss the cut-off, or their teeth aren’t considered misaligned enough to warrant braces. This leads them to think they are never eligible for braces, but this isn’t the case.


Invisalign is paving the way for adults to access orthodontic treatments without many of the limitations of tram track braces.


If you’re curious about braces and want to know if you could achieve a straighter smile at any age, read on to learn more about Invisalign.


What is Invisalign?


Invisalign is an advance technological orthodontic system that uses clear aligners to move teeth into the correct position. The trays are clear and thin, they fit perfectly over your teeth, so you can forget you are even wearing it.


Invisalign is made from clear plastic material, so you can wear them without feeling self-conscious. You would typically change your aligners every weeks and our dentists would oversee the treatment to ensure your teeth are moving as expected.


For more serious cases, attachments may be put on your teeth to help the aligners get a better grip. These are small clear dots that attach directly to your teeth. They are easily removed at the end of the treatment. And if you need to improve the appearance of your chin this can be achieved with precision wings.


What can Invisalign treat?


A common misconception is that Invisalign is only for minor alignment issues. This isn’t the case. Invisalign can be used for complex alignment issues including:

  • Gaps

  • Crooked teeth

  • Overbite or underbite

  • Open bite or cross-bite

  • Overcrowding

You can have single arch treatment or dual arch treatment. Many people choose to only straighten their top teeth, as these are the most visible when you smile.


Five reasons you should consider Invisalign


  1. Invisible Aligners. The main appeal of Invisalign treatment is that the aligners are nearly invisible. Many professional people in public-facing roles don’t want to wear fixed metal braces to correct their dental alignment. With Invisalign, the braces are much more discreet. And if you have a big event to think about, you can always take your braces out.

  2. Remove them to eat. Invisalign braces need to be worn for 22 hours a day to be effective. This means you will have two hours per day to eat and clean your teeth. And this is the second advantage of Invisalign. You don’t have to restrict your food choices or worry about having food stuck in your braces. You can eat the food you love and then rinse and replace your aligners.

  3. Fewer trips to the dentists. With many orthodontic systems, you need to visit the dentist for adjustments. This can be time-consuming and unsuitable for many people who are too busy to fit in appointments. With Invisalign, we give you 4-6 weeks of trays, so you don’t have to visit the dentist for adjustments. Many people can manage the entire treatment process at home, only visiting the dentist if they need advice.

  4. Develop healthier habits. Another distinct advantage of the Invisalign system is that many people find it helps them develop healthier habits. When wearing your aligners, you can’t eat food or drink anything other than water. This means many people cut down on snacking and increase their water intake. Many patients report weight loss from these healthier habits.

  5. Quick treatment times. For simple alignment issues, you could see results in as little as 4-6 months.

If you are thinking about any teeth straightening treatment, get in touch with Billericay Dental Care today. We can explore the options available to you and find the best solution for your lifestyle.


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