Some adults might feel that getting clear retainers is a waste of time and money. While opinion may differ, is there actually any need for Invisalign as an adult? Even if you get it, how does it feel? These and other questions will be answered right in this post. Keep reading.
People may have had crooked and horrible teeth growing up, and may have gone through the drill of orthodontic treatment ranging from retainers, braces, headgear, spacers, lip bumper, to bands. Unfortunately, after the whole job is done, the result is a total disappointment. This may not have been your case, but people experience this.
In other cases, treatment may change your teeth alignment, but after some time, a relapse occurs, and the teeth start moving back to its crooked state. This would change your smile, the look of your teeth, and ability to floss, especially when it’s a crowded teeth. Worse still, the jaws may crack and pop even now and then, to the point that you feel pains, plus it feels like it gets stuck occasionally.
For persons whose job requires them to be in front of a camera, having this kind of teeth misalignment is a total turnoff, particularly when the front teeth are mostly affected. Here comes the desire to fix it! But is it really worth it?
Consider this, you go to the saloon or stay at home to colour your hair, for what purpose? To look stylish, right? Okay, you wear makeup to improve your facial looks and even add some fun pizazz to your face. You hit the gym or go on a special diet to lose weight, get fit, tone, and just be happy with your body. If you can do all these, then is it wrong or unnecessary to straighten your teeth, even if they are slightly misaligned, or if it’s something you desire to do to improve your smile? Yeah, it requires a paradigm shift to consider doing this for yourself, but there’s definitely nothing wrong about it.
Consider this scenario: While you may be contemplating on getting your teeth straightened out, your friend gets traditional braces, unbelievable right? That’s not the only shocker. She now looks even more beautiful than before, after months of treatment, which you may not have considered possible, plus her confidence is so pumped up and out.
This may be when it would hit you that if your friend can get braces as an adult, why can’t you do same? You don’t have to get braces for only one time. And you are not subjected to living with a popping jaw, crooked, and shifting teeth all your life. All that can change with a choice of using Invisalign London.
Traditional braces vs Invisalign
There are speculations that Invisalign treatment takes longer and it’s not so efficient. This makes people turn to metal braces for teeth issues. You may have heard the same — this could be your reason for not wanting to get Invisalign. But this is not true. A lot of people have changed their smile with the amazing power of clear aligners. All you need is a consultation with your dentist. They will tell you if you qualify for Invisalign.
Want to know why Invisalign is preferred over braces, see the following reason:
This is, in fact, the main reason adults go for clear aligners. They are way more unnoticeable than metal braces. Your dentist may attach transparent little button-like things on your teeth for the trays to hold onto. Depending on your case, the number of these attachments may differ, but people will not easily notice them on your teeth.
Easy to remove:
It is true that you should wear your aligners for most of the day; at least 20 to 22 hours, but who says you can’t take them off? You can take out your aligners to eat, drink, clean your teeth, and even do a TV presentation or any camera-related job if that’s your occupation. As a matter of fact, this is another reason why professionals love Invisalign.
Unlike traditional braces that are fixed and cannot be removed, holding down leftover food particles in wires or hooks, you can take out your clear trays before eating, and clean your teeth thoroughly afterwards before putting them back in.
Comfortable? Oh yes!
Braces can actually shred the inside of your mouth. But Invisalign pain can be managed. Granted, the trays may feel tight around your teeth, especially within the first few days, but there are several things you can do to alleviate the discomfort. For instance, a little orthodontic wax can help. Most importantly, Invisalign hurts as a sign that it is realigning your teeth. After a few days, the pain will disappear, and you will get used to your aligners.
More water and less snack:
Invisalign increases your water intake daily. Besides, you cannot eat or drink anything else than water with your aligners on. And you know how important water is to the body. The more water you take, the more you stay hydrated, and your body’s metabolism works better.
It works better:
Should you choose Invisalign, the movement of your teeth starts immediately the trays are installed, and the realignment is more accurate than that of braces. There is a chance of making mistakes when installing braces since it is done by hand. For instance, if the bracket isn’t on the mark by less than a fraction of a centimetre, it could pull the tooth a little out of position. When this happens, your dentist will have to shift it back into place again. This accounts for a lot of adjustments, even for teeth that didn’t need to be adjusted at all. All these hassles are not experienced with Invisalign; it is correctly designed by a computer, and the job is so perfect.
The technology involved in Invisalign design is superb. A smart scanner will be used to scan the inside of your mouth—taking impressions of your teeth, which are then sent to Invisalign to create aligners that fit perfectly.
Everything will be fixed:
From straightening your teeth to fixing your bite, clear trays will make you feel alive again. You may have to wear retainers to keep your teeth from moving back to its former state, but it will also help shift your jaw. Retainers are usually worn in the night so you can sleep through the entire time it’s working. Who wouldn’t want a better smile with an effective orthodontic work like Invisalign clear aligners? Nobody.
Your trays will have to be changed every 1 to 2 weeks, and as such, your treatment may take some months to be completed. But every day, your teeth will be continuously moving. Provided you stick with the rules of Invisalign aftercare and usage, your end result will be so great.
The drawbacks of Invisalign
While advocating the perks of clear aligners and its value in teeth realignment, there are some things that you will find a little challenging with this super, high-tech orthodontic treatment.
Let us discuss some of them below so that you will understand better how Invisalign works:
- Sticking with the rules can be challenging – Invisalign is easy to remove; that’s a good thing, right? But it also poses a problem. Just imagine that since you can take out your trays at any time, you may be tempted to want to be without them for a long time. Do you know what that means? It implies that you won’t be complying with having them on for the recommended time. Some adults might find it easy to wear their aligners for 22 hours, but teenagers may find it harder to be good patients. It takes some discipline to use Invisalign.
You are restricted to eating or drinking only water with your aligners in –
It can be quite disturbing to know you can’t pour down a bottle of coke or your favourite drink while wearing your aligners. Some patients may forget this rule and go ahead to drink juice with their trays in. The result of this action is the buildup of cavities from the foods and sugars that stick to your teeth. While using Invisalign, your natural saliva won’t be able to wash off food particles like before, leaving you with the option of only complying with this rule. But is there an advantage to this disadvantage? Sure. It makes you drink more water as we said before. Your sugar consumption and snacking reduces, and you become very cautious about what goes into your mouth. So, in a way, it enhances your dental hygiene.
Using retainers may feel awful –
As an adult, taking out your saliva-coated aligners prior to eating may look somewhat embarrassing. But you can get a portable retainer case for storing them instead of using a napkin, which could make you lose them easily.
Clear aligners are pricey –
The benefits of Invisalign comes at a price. It is more costly than traditional braces, but the reward outweighs the cost.
Take your time to process all that’s been said here. It’s quite a read, but it’s good you know the basics so you can be guided accordingly.
Would you like to know how much braces and Invisalign London cost? Please book an appointment with us at our dental practice by calling 020 37457520. We are ready to provide answers to any concerns you might be having. Even if it’s your child that needs Invisalign, our experienced dentists will give you all the details you need to make a decision.