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Invisalign Braces Manchester – Discussing The Pros And Cons

Are you considering undergoing orthodontic treatment using Invisalign braces Manchester? When it comes to invisible or clear braces, Manchester orthodontists often recommend Invisalign braces UK depending upon the needs and requirements of the patients; but like every type of orthodontic treatment they clearly have their advantages and their disadvantages. With this in mind let’s delve a little deeper and discuss the pros and cons

They’re incredibly discreet

Aligner style braces such as Invisalign operate in a completely different way from traditional bracket and wiring style braces. Normally conventional brace systems gradually pull the teeth into position when the arch wire (this is a thin metal tensioner that runs from bracket to bracket) applies pressure to the brackets, which are in turn attached directly to the teeth. The problem with this system is that, even though tooth coloured wiring and smaller brackets are used, they can still be seen when a person smiles.

With Invisalign this isn’t the case. Instead a series of interchangeable clear plastic trays (known as aligners) are made to fit directly over the teeth like a gum shield. Each tray is a different fit and gradually over time, they combine to move the teeth into position. Because they’re fashioned from clear plastic and are bracket free,they’re very hard to spot meaning that Invisalign braces UK are about as discreet as  clear braces in Manchester get.

You get to see exactly what your teeth will look like

Invisalign uses a revolutionary computer system to help design each bespoke brace. What this means is that you get to see a computerised mock-up of the various stages of your treatment and exactly what your teeth will look like during and after the treatment. To be able to see exactly how  your smile is going to look once treatment has ended can be a great motivator.

They’re fully and easily removable

Unlike most conventional braces which are fixed in the mouth for the duration of your treatment, Invisalign braces Manchester are designed to be fully and easily removable. This is done so that aligners can quickly be changed by the wearer when the time is right to do so, meaning no continual trips to the dentist. Moreover, they’re designed to be removed while eating, and when cleaning the teeth. From a hygiene perspective this means that food particles aren’t likely to become trapped as they might with other fixed brace systems.

They fix many orthodontic issues

Unlike other clear brace or aligner style systems which are often only designed to correct the visible teeth that appear when you smile, Invisalign can treat a whole host of conditions. These range from mild to moderate, to overcrowding through to over/under bites, and even tooth root management.

What about the disadvantages?

They don’t come cheap

Because Invisalign braces UK are made bespoke for you in a specialised laboratory they don’t come cheap. Where conventional braces cost on average £1700- £2000 when fitted privately, you can expect to pay on average anywhere between £2500 – £4500 for Invisalign.

Need to be self-disciplined

While you can look on the fact that being able to easily remove your Invisalign braces is an advantage (and indeed it is), it can also be seen as a disadvantage. This is because in order for Invisalign to do the job they’re designed to do, they really need to be in place for at least 22 hours a day. This takes a lot of self discipline, especially when they get a little uncomfortable during the first few days of a new aligner fitting.

They can be hard to spot

Because they’re fashioned from clear plastic, Invisalign braces Manchester can be hard to spot when you remove them and put them down somewhere like a granite counter-top. This is why you get given special cases to put them in. However just like contact lenses, if you forget and put them down without storing them in the case, you could end up playing a game of hide and seek with your aligners. Obviously, that’s not great when you’ve only got two hours grace within a 24 hour period.

If you’d like to find out more about what Invisalign braces UK can do for you, or indeed any other type of clear braces Manchester, contact our practice on 0161 660 1218 or visit our website at to book a consultation. Dr Shi Karim and the team have the ability and the experience to restore your great looking smile using the latest orthodontic treatments, so give us a call today.