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Over the last few years, the cosmetic dentistry industry has been soaring. As more and more people are changing their insecurities, such as crooked, stained or missing teeth, there has been a surge in the amount of people investing in dental braces.

There is a range of braces available, including fixed, clear and lingual. Continue reading this article to find out why invisible braces are the top choice for patients across the UK.

Why Invisalign braces are better than fixed braces

Choosing the right braces system for straightening misaligned teeth is important for key reasons. Naturally, the orthodontic diagnosis plays an important role in braces selection as some braces systems may treat only mild orthodontic conditions, while others may correct mild to severe dental irregularities.

Fixed braces versus Invisalign braces

When the word “braces” is mentioned, harsh metal braces with brackets fixed to the front teeth may form as a picture in the mind. Traditionally, these braces systems were used to treat different levels of malocclusion and bite disorder. However, nowadays teeth may be straightened with modern braces systems designed for comfort, hygiene, discretion and effective teeth straightening results.

Each modern braces system offers unique treatment benefits.

Invisalign is a highly versatile modern invisible braces system custom-made for individuals desiring:

  1. innovative technology for progressed treatment needs
  2. clear discretion during teeth straightening treatment
  3. removable aligners to maintain healthy oral hygiene standards
  4. faster teeth straightening results

Most fixed braces systems consist of metal components that may cause some oral irritation. The Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, resembling a mouth guard that may conveniently be removed for eating and other activities. Fixed braces may affect singing or playing of a musical instrument.

Invisalign aligners give a gently fit over the front teeth, and may be reinserted as needed according to treatment guidelines. In contrast, fixed braces systems are not removable and although self-ligating may pose challenges for eating and cleaning.

See: 10 Important Things to Know Before You Get Dental Braces.

The treatment duration for fixed braces may range from 18 to 24 months; however Invisalign gives results within 16 to 18 months when aligners are worn for approximately 22 hours per day. Fixed braces are only removed by a dentist, however Invisalign clear aligners may be removed on a daily basis and are replaced fortnightly with fresh aligners for progressing teeth repositioning.