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Dentist in the Wallington area explains Invisalign orthodontics vs. traditional braces


At Sensational Smiles, Dr. Suril Amin and our team of professionals are here to provide patients with a variety of solutions to enhance their smiles. When problems with your teeth such as misalignment occur, they can have a negative impact on your overall self-esteem and confidence, but you may want to avoid traditional braces. There are now alternatives that you can consider with the dentist you know and trust. If you are a patient in the area of Wallington, we encourage you to discuss Invisalign orthodontics versus traditional braces with Dr. Suril Amin.

What is Invisalign?

You may avoid bringing up the idea of fixing your bite or crooked teeth because you fear being referred to a specialist for traditional metal bracket-and-wire braces. Dr. Suril Amin of Carshalton, Sutton understands how the idea of orthodontic treatments can be a turn-off for patients who are interested in improving the alignment of their smile. At Sensational Smiles, he is pleased to provide alternative options for patients to consider, including Invisalign.

Invisalign is a way for patients to readjust the alignment of the teeth in the dental arch without the need for traditional braces, which involve uncomfortable and unsightly brackets and wires. Instead, Invisalign allows patients to wear clear plastic aligner trays over the dental arch to gently push teeth into a better position. This treatment provides faster results and is discreet—most people won’t even notice the Invisalign trays!

Invisalign vs. traditional braces

Many patients considering Invisalign want to compare them to traditional braces to determine if they should move forward with treatment. Here are some benefits to consider with Invisalign:

  • Invisalign allows patients with mild to moderate misalignment to avoid the need for traditional braces and use clear plastic aligners instead
  • Invisalign aligners are made of strong, durable plastic that is custom-designed for each individual patient
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  • The clear aligners are practically invisible on the teeth when patients wear them, so it won’t be obvious that you have orthodontic treatment
  • The treatment takes about the same amount of time or less than conventional braces—the average treatment time for Invisalign is about 12 months
  • Invisalign is often comparable in cost with traditional braces, making them a “clear” choice for many patients
  • Invisalign allows patients to remove their trays for eating and oral hygiene, ensuring better oral health and wellness by eliminating tricky brackets and wires to work around

It is important to note that successful Invisalign treatment depends on patients to comply with the instructions by using their trays as directed, wearing them at least 20 hours a day for optimal results.

Obtaining your Invisalign trays

Once patients have had a consultation appointment with Dr. Suril Amin of Sensational Smiles and have determined that this is the best treatment for them, the dentist will take a series of digital impressions. Based on these digital images, Dr. Amin plans out your Invisalign treatment and can even show you what your expected end results will look like!

The digital impressions of are sent to the Invisalign laboratory, where a series of trays that provide gradual changes to your smile will be created. The number of trays in a patient’s series will vary depending on the severity of the tooth or jaw misalignment. You will then return to the dental practice approximately two weeks later to obtain your trays and learn how to use and care for them.

You will then use your trays in your everyday life, one set at a time, to achieve a new smile. The dentist will tell you how frequently to switch out your trays for the next in the series, but typically each tray is worn for two weeks at a time, day and night, before progressing to the next tray in the series.

Dr. Amin finds that when patients comply closely with their treatment, they will obtain fast and reliable results. At the end of treatment, you can use your final tray as a retainer at night to keep your smile looking great long after you finish treatment.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Suril Amin today!

If you reside in or around the community of Wallington or in the area of Carshalton, Sutton, we welcome you to request an appointment with the team at Sensational Smiles today! Our practice is located at 42 and 46 Banstead Road and can be reached by phone by calling 020 8629 1433. We are always welcoming new patients into our facility for comprehensive care.

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