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Why Invisalign is so Good & Where it Falls Short

The big question on everyone’s lips is does Invisalign work?

As Platinum Providers of the clear aligner system, we certainly know how great it can be for several types of patients. But that also means we know who doesn’t work for.

And even though the system is inclusive of all different types of bite problems and malocclusions – certainly more than it used to be, the invisible system does come with some limitations.

So, let’s explore what’s so great about Invisalign, and what’s not so great so you can make a well-informed decision without having to go to the dentist.

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As Platinum Providers of the clear aligner system, we certainly know how great it can be for several types of patients. But that also means we know who doesn’t work for.

And even though the system is inclusive of all different types of bite problems and malocclusions – certainly more than it used to be, the invisible system does come with some limitations.

So, let’s explore what’s so great about Invisalign, and what’s not so great so you can make a well-informed decision without having to go to the dentist.

The difference with Invisalign is that you can get the smile you want, the way you want.

They’re invisible

If we asked, what would you prefer, train track braces or clear aligners? Your answer, just like many of our other patients would likely be clear aligners.

Obviously, Invisalign’s main selling point is the fact that it’s virtually invisible, not to mention that it can be faster than other conventional brace types, and affordable too!

Invisalign certainly ticks the aesthetic factor – and it’s one of the most cited reasons that many adults opt for orthodontic treatment.

Another patient favourite is the fact they are removable. So, if you wear them for 22 hours a day then you’ll still be on track to receiving a straighter smile.

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You can preview your smile

Invisalign takes away the need to imagine what your teeth will look like when the aligners come off.

Using advanced, precise imaging technology, the iTero scanner takes thousands of images of your teeth in seconds to build an accurate picture of what your smile will look like at each stage.

Not only is this more exciting for the patient, who can make any changes they wish, but it puts them in greater control of their smile that they cannot achieve with other conventional brace systems like lingual braces or fixed ones.

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Invisalign can correct ALMOST anything

We apply Invisalign in a variety of cases including tooth crowding, spacing issues and mild to severe bite issues.

Whilst Invisalign claims to correct even the severest bite problems, they are limited in what they can do in some special circumstances.

In our experience, and having completed hundreds of cases, we have found Invisalign to be most effective on:

  • Some types of overbites
  • Underbites and crossbites
  • Open bite correction
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded and crooked teeth
  • General straightening
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They promote good oral health

As Invisalign is removable, cleaning, brushing and flossing teeth is made easier as you do not have to work around wires or brackets.

Some studies have also shown that periodontal health is often improved as there are fewer bacteria lurking around the bottom of the teeth and gums.

Also, as you will be required to remove your aligners when eating and drinking, it’s also recommended that you brush your teeth after every meal. This is to prevent the aligners from staining or getting dirty, which will affect their invisible appearance.

Whilst some patients might see this as a disadvantage, it will certainly do wonders for you overall oral condition, hygiene, and health.

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Invisalign limitations

Here are some reasons why Invisalign might not work for you:

  • If you have a severe, severe overbite: Overbite problems can be addressed but in the case of severe overbites, we might need to address the issue with braces.
  • Your tooth shape: If your teeth are too short, or worn, it can prevent Invisalign from working effectively.
  • If you want to alter your tooth’s position: If your teeth are too rotated, Invisalign will be unable to shift them into their correct alignment.

Are there any other cons?

  • Not recommended for complex issues.
  • Requires compliance – for the best results you will need to wear them for 22 hours.
  • When aligners are switched out for a new set, patients can feel some discomfort as their teeth get used to the new position. Discomfort is normal as your teeth are moving into new positions because of the system.
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A straight smile forever

Overall, in our dental opinion, Invisalign is a great system that works well – however, it’s not for everyone.

Meet with us today to see if it works for you. We’re Platinum Providers, which is one of the highest Invisalign accreditations you can receive, so you know you’ll be in good hands with us.

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