Everything you need to know about Aligners such as Invisalign.



We are extremely glad that you are looking at having an aligner treatment to improve the position of your bite and have a beautiful smile. We have provided a vast number of patients with great results here at Ely Smiles,  14 Newnham Street, Ely, CB7 4PE using aligners.In this blog, we aim at answering all the questions that you might have about clear aligners.

Are aligners painful?

Aligners are not painful. They might cause some discomfort especially when you change the trays however on the whole you will not feel pain and you can carry on with your normal commitments.

Are aligners safe?

Aligners are very safe and have been in use for a long time. They can be used very safely and you are normally given a course consisting of a set of aligners.

Are aligners worth it?

Yes! They are indeed. The fees payable towards the treatment will be a good investment as it will provide you with the smile you have always wanted.

Are Aligners uncomfortable?

Aligners are very comfortable and people usually let us know that after a couple of days they have got used to them so much that they don’t even notice they are wearing them. Mild discomfort might be experienced when they are changed from one stage to another and this mild discomfort usually lasts than 24 hours.

Are Aligners faster than braces?

When it comes to speed the two types of braces move the teeth at the same rate however the duration of treatment is very linked to the type of movement you require. The more difficult type of movements will always require longer treatment times. It is usually best to consult your doctor about this. Here at Ely Smiles, we provide a face-to-face consultation and we discuss all the aspects of your future treatment. 

Are aligners permanent?

Aligners are not permanent. They are in fact removable and can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing your teeth and for sports activities.

Are aligners or braces better?

Aligners have increased in popularity over the last 5 to 10 years and have the added benefit of being removable. This will allow you to remove them and maintain a good level of oral hygiene. They are also very effective at producing the tooth movement desired and your doctor will be able to guide you as to how effective they will be at correcting your bite features.

Are aligners the same as retainers?

No. Aligners such as Invisalign are designed to move your teeth, whilst retainers are designed to keep your teeth in the desired position for as long as possible. 

Are aligners better than braces?

Aligners are removable and are not fixed to the teeth. All types of braces will have their advantages and disadvantages and your decision will be very much dependent on your circumstances. We have experience at using all types of braces including aligners such as Invisalign. 

Are aligners bad for your teeth?

It is really important to keep having regular check-up appointments at your regular dentist and regular hygiene visits at your hygienist. This will maintain a very good level of hygiene and you will be able to prevent any problems with your aligners. 

Are aligners supposed to hurt?

Aligners will cause mild discomfort as they are designed to move your teeth. As a result your teeth will feel slightly tender especially at certain stages of your treatment.

Are aligners free in the UK?

Aligners are not free in the UK and they are provided privately. Fees will be payable as you go.

Are aligners effective?

Yes they are and have been successfully used by millions of patients like you to improve their smile. They have been in use for a long time and have had several improvements over the years.

Are aligners cheaper than braces?

Aligners’ fees might be similar or slightly more than conventional braces due to the technology behind their design and manufacturing. The fees will also be related to the type of features that you would like corrected.

Can aligners fix overbite?

Aligners can fix most types of bite features, including overbite and underbite. Whether they are the right choice for you is something that you need to discuss with your doctor. 

Can aligners cause sensitivity?

Aligners do not cause sensitivity. It is important that you clean your teeth as instructed and attend your regular appointments.

We hope that you found this useful. Should you have any questions about your treatment please do not hesitate to call us on 01353 667 200 or on WhatsApp or by email at [email protected]

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