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15 November 2010

Hi-tec Cheadle Hulme Orthodontics – Why Choose Invisalign

Let’s face, it everything is going hi-tec. Cheadle Hulme dentists are certainly embracing technology, particularly when it comes to orthodontic treatments. Take Invisalign for example! While most people know about conventional ‘bracket and wire style’ teeth braces and how they move crooked teeth, the fact remains that they aren’t the most discreet appliances on the planet. However, the emergence of clear aligners such as Invisalign has changed all that, but what exactly are they?

The Invisalign system is a great choice for people who want to straighten their teeth but without making it obvious that they’re wearing braces. Where normally, one orthodontic appliance is fitted to the teeth for the duration of the treatment, with Invisalign, a series of bespoke aligners are made. This might be as few as 12 or as many as 48, depending upon the length of the treatment.

Each hi-tec Cheadle Hulme aligner is made from a clear plastic or polyurethane resign which is worn over the teeth like a clear mouthguard. Once in place, It’s virtually invisible. Worn sequentially, they work together to steadily straighten your teeth to create that Hollywood smile.

So now you know what they are, the question is – why choose them over conventional metal or ceramic style braces?

They’re removable

Clear aligners are designed to be easily removable. Because they’re designed to be changed every two weeks or so, patients don’t want to be heading back to our Manchester dental practice in order to have the current aligner removed and the subsequent one fitted. Instead, their hi-tec Cheadle design is such that patients can easily remove them and fit the next one in the sequence themselves. Clear aligners like Invisalign are engineered and milled using a state-of-the-art computer system based on 3 dimensional diagrams of the patient’s mouth. Because of this, they’re designed to fit comfortably but snugly and most of the time, patients will forget that they’re wearing them.

Removable aligners promote better oral health

Changing old Invisalign aligners for new ones aren’t the only time they’re designed to be removed. In addition, they should also be taken out when eating or drinking. While this may sound like a real hassle, it certainly has its benefits.

Firstly, despite the fact that Invisalign aligners are hi-tec, Cheadle Hulme patients should note that aligners can easily be stained. Drinks like tea, coffee and coke for example, can easily tarnish the clear plastic coating, just as it would your natural teeth. If this were to happen, your Invisalign aligner, wouldn’t be quite so…well…Invisible right? For this reason, removing them when eating or drinking keeps them looking discreet.

There’s also another benefit for removing aligners before eating or drinking and it’s to enable better oral health. If you think about it, with conventional fixed braces, the criss-cross of brackets and wiring make perfect places for food particles to lurk and become lodged. When they do, they can be difficult to clean. Conversely, with Invisalign, you don’t have this problem and teeth can be cleaned easily and efficiently after eating, before you reinsert your aligner. Thus, promoting better oral health.

You get to see your smile before the end result.

With the Invisalign system you also have a chance to see your teeth in a 3-D animation called Clincheck. This allows you to see the stages of teeth movement and the number of aligners needed. This piece of software is incredibly hi-tec. Cheadle Hulme patients who have previously undergone Invisalign treatment, tell us that this is the best bit. Being able to see virtual views of teeth and teeth movements before any processes have taken place, gives you the perfect opportunity to see just how your new smile will look.

What’s more, unlike many other orthodontic treatments, virtual before and after shots allows you to have your input on creating your own bespoke smile. The Clincheck animation can also be emailed to you so that you can impress your friends and family, but in addition, it also acts as a motivator and gives you something to work towards during the treatment.

Hi-tec Cheadle Invisalign treatment – getting on with your life

The beauty of Invisalign is that you can get on with your day to day life without anybody suspecting that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. We’ve provided Invisalign to many patients from Chester, Manchester, Stockport and the North West and their professions range from teachers and doctors, through to people working in telesales. Most of these patients report that for the first few days they are getting used to speaking with their aligner in, but after that they hadn’t noticed that they were wearing them and most importantly, it hadn’t affected their job. This is great news if you’re in a people-centred profession where you have to meet or speak to people all day. While it’s true that conventional ‘bracket and wire’ style braces are becoming more discreet, it’s fair to say that nothing comes close to clear Invisalign aligners.

What about the cost, I’ve heard they can be pretty expensive?

As with anything hi-tec, Cheadle Hulme patients won’t be surprised to learn that clear aligner treatment with Invisalign comes with a cost. Especially when you compare it to conventional metal braces. That said, would you pay more for convenience, for discreetness, for giving you the freedom to live your life as you normally would? As all these factors may need to be weighed up.

If you’re still not convinced, Church Road Dental and Cosmetics are one of the few providers of Invisalign treatment in the Cheadle area and due to the fact that we provide this treatment to a large number of patients every month, our costs are a lot lower than other practices in Stockport and Manchester. This is because we receive a discounted cost from Align Technologies who are the manufacturers of Invisalign. The good news is that along with our expertise, we can pass this discount directly onto our patients.

So, there you have it! If you’re looking for convenience, discreetness and better oral health from your Hi-tec Cheadle Hulme orthodontics treatment, then you really should consider Invisalign. Contact us at Church Road Dental and Cosmetics and book your orthodontic consultation today. Call us on 0161 486 0743 and take the first steps towards a healthier, happier smile.

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