Invisalign® is a clear, comfortable and removable brace that can resolve minor orthodontic issues in as little as six months. They’re discreet, near-invisible and custom-fitted – enabling you to get on with your daily life while your perfect smile is secretly taking shape.
So – is this the right treatment for you? Invisalign® braces offer a subtle yet effective solution for minor issues like gaps, crowding, overbites and underbites. And there’s nothing like a more even and attractive smile to give you a confidence boost…
Of course, Invisalign® isn’t for everyone. More complex issues may require a different approach, while cheaper and quicker options do exist. But with 14 million satisfied patients worldwide, Invisalign is most definitely marking itself out as one of the best quality orthodontic options available.
Keep reading to discover everything you need to decide whether Invisalign® is the right solution for you – including how much Invisalign® treatment costs, how long Invisalign® treatment takes, and an honest look at the benefits and drawbacks…
What Is Invisalign® Treatment, And How Does It Work?
If you thought the only route to straighter teeth was fixed metal braces, think again. There is a clear alternative in the form of the almost-invisible Invisalign® retainers.
But How Does Invisalign® Work, And Why Is It So Popular?
Invisalign® uses a series of transparent plastic aligner trays to discreetly move misaligned teeth into the desired position – with each new tray fitted to move your teeth gradually over time.
Perfect for addressing minor dental issues – including gaps, crowding, overbites, underbites, and crooked teeth – Invisalign® is virtually invisible, comfortable, and a much more convenient alternative to traditional metal braces.
How Does Invisalign® Compare To Other Orthodontic Treatments, Like Traditional Braces?
Invisalign® compares favourably to other orthodontic treatments like traditional braces for treating minor dental issues. But, while Invisalign® can be the perfect solution for the vast majority of patients, in more severe or complex cases, fixed braces may be the better option, due to the stronger force they can deliver.
Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to opt for metal braces. There are more discreet options available these days, such as Six Month Smiles®, with its clear brackets, white wires, and potential to straighten your teeth in just six months.
What Are The Benefits Of Invisalign®?
There are plenty of benefits of Invisalign® treatment, including:
One of the major attractions of using Invisalign® aligners is that the see-through SmartTrack™ material they are made from is virtually invisible. That means you can go about your day-to-day activities knowing that your teeth straightening efforts will mostly go unnoticed – unlike fixed metal braces, which are immediately noticeable and can become a potential source of embarrassment.
Invisalign® aligners are custom-fitted using a super-precise 3D digital impression that means they fit your mouth perfectly. Unlike traditional metal braces that can initially cause small cuts and sores, Invisalign® aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear once you’ve got through the very short initial adjustment period.
Invisalign® aligner trays can be removed at any point, day or night. That means you can simply take them out whenever you want to eat and drink – resulting in fewer restrictions around what you can and can’t eat or drink.
This also makes brushing and flossing much easier and more effective than fixed braces, which can be prone to trapping food debris.
Another major advantage of Invisalign® is how quickly it can deliver results.
Most patients complete their Invisalign® treatment within 12 months on average. While slightly more complex cases may take longer, simpler cases can be even quicker. It is not unheard of for some people to achieve a smile transformation in as little as six months using Invisalign®.
In comparison, some fixed braces must be worn for one to three years.
What Are Some Of The Drawbacks Of Invisalign®?
Like any treatment, Invisalign® has some disadvantages. Before committing to this treatment, it’s important to consider the drawbacks:
There is no denying that Invisalign® is an expensive treatment. However, considering all the benefits above, Invisalign® is definitely a worthwhile investment.
At Ollie & Darsh, we offer interest-free dental plans that allow you to rationalise the cost of an Invisalign® treatment into manageable monthly payments over 10, 12 or 24 months. Plus, we hold monthly Invisalign® open days at our Liverpool clinic for the chance to receive £1,000 off your treatment.
Like most orthodontic treatments, it takes discipline and dedication to get the desired results.
Each set of aligner trays must be worn for 20-22 hours daily. It is vital to brush and floss your teeth more often than usual, and keep your aligner trays clean to ensure food debris doesn’t get trapped. Failing to do so can cause plaque to build up, triggering various issues like cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. Keeping the trays clean is also important to prevent food or drink from staining the clear material.
So Invisalign® may not be the best choice if you struggle with self-discipline.
Minor Issues Only
As we mentioned earlier, Invisalign® is best suited to minor orthodontic issues. For example, fixed braces may be more effective if your teeth are too rotated or have large gaps. You might also be an unsuitable candidate for Invisalign® if your teeth are too short or you have had certain previous dental work, like bridges or dental implants.
How Effective Is Invisalign® At Achieving Results?
Invisalign® is very effective at achieving results with minor orthodontic issues. In most cases, it is just as effective as traditional fixed braces – with the added benefit that Invisalign® is more comfortable, discreet and convenient.
Many people also find that the added autonomy and control that Invisalign® gives them helps them to stick to their treatment plan more closely, which can only be a good thing.
What Is The Invisalign® Experience Like?
Well, why don’t we let one of our satisfied patients answer that:
“The whole process was straightforward and the staff at Ollie & Darsh were friendly and explained everything to me,” said Ollie & Darsh patient Sarah Jones in her recent Google review.
“My treatment took less time than expected with amazing results. I now feel and happy and confident with my smile, which is now much straighter (and whiter). I will be coming back now for regular check-ups and hygienist appointments as I really like the experience at the practice,” Sarah added.
Is Invisalign® Treatment Worth It?
If you place a high value on comfort and convenience, an Invisalign® treatment is definitely worth it.
And if the thought of fixed metal braces fills you with dread, particularly if you are one of the many adult patients requiring orthodontic treatment or would rather have one less thing to feel self-conscious about in your teenage years, then – again – Invisalign® is a worthwhile investment.
If you want to achieve results quickly and then move on with your life, complete with that beautiful new smile you have always dreamed about, then yes, Invisalign® is worth every penny.
Start Your Invisalign® Journey With Ollie & Darsh
Ollie & Darsh is a Diamond Apex Invisalign® Provider, which means we are among Europe’s top 1% of Invisalign® providers. Our expertise has helped to transform the smiles of thousands of satisfied patients across Merseyside and beyond using this revolutionary treatment.
With 0% finance available on all Invisalign® treatments and monthly Invisalign® Open Days for the chance to receive £1,000 of your treatment, we give more reasons than most to smile!