icon_butterfly Is Invisalign the Right Treatment for You: What You Need To Know

by Riain O'Fiach

If you’ve ever debated getting braces,  you’ve probably heard Invisalign being suggested as a plausible option. Invisalign is a revolutionary way to undergo orthodontic work that doesn’t involve the standard “train tracks” glued to your teeth. Instead, a transparent retainer like mould is worn over the teeth, which is reshaped over time to your personal dimensions, giving you the same results as braces but with less noticeable mechanisms.

We've compiled a list of things that need to be considered before deciding to use Invisalign:


1.     Discreetness

If you value your looks, Invisalign is definitely the better cosmetic option. It’s not nearly as noticeable as metal wires and brackets installed onto the teeth and although not entirely invisible, Invisalign is certainly hard to notice.


2.     Not for everyone

Invisalign isn’t for everyone. For more complex problems, it may not be the optimal solution, this is an issue only an experienced orthodontist will be able to advise on.


3.     It’s a commitment

Invisalign must be worn for 22 hours a day for as long as 3 years. The treatment time is roughly comparable to traditional braces, with a minimum time of 12 months. The new Invisalign Express can treat and fix minor issues in as little as 6 months. No matter how long the treatment time, the patient needs to be rigorous in not taking out the retainer. Like everything, the more you put in, the more you’ll get out.


4.     You can eat everything

While eating the patient removes the retainer, meaning they don’t need to be concerned with eating certain types of food. Traditional braces require the patient to avoid food that might stain around the brackets, such as curry. This is not a concern with Invisalign.


5.     Lifestyle changes

Wearing an Invisalign retainer can be tedious work, it requires that you live by the clock, constantly watching to make sure you’re compliant with the 22 hours. You will also carry a retainer case and a toothbrush with you everywhere, as each time you decide to put the retainer back in the teeth need to be cleaned and prepped.


6.     Invisalign is more expensive

While there are many benefits to using a thin mouth aligner rather than traditional braces, the treatment itself is actually slightly more expensive. Costs range from 3000-5000 euros for a full set of “normal” teeth. Minor changes can be solved for as little as 1500 euros.


7.     Get a good orthodontist

The retainer itself is designed and produced by a company, however they only manufacture it as per the orthodontist’s instructions. This is why it’s vital to work with an experienced orthodontist who understands exactly what your individual case requires, as the retainer will be changed every 2-4 weeks.


Overall Invisalign is an excellent solution for many people. We recommend that you carry out cosmetic dental work anyway, regardless of whether that’s traditional braces or Invisalign. To learn more about the full range of dental and orthodontic treatments available, and the providers that offer them nationwide, see DENTAL TREATMENTS.

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