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One of the greatest dental myths still doing the rounds in 2024, is that there comes a time when age becomes a barrier to teeth straightening. Well, we are pleased to inform you that this is downright nonsense, especially since achieving a straighter smile is easier than its ever been.

With options like Invisalign removable aligners on the table, older patients with busy lives can fit their treatment around their lifestyle. There was a time when this was exclusively the other way around though… back when fixed metal braces were all that was available. It was the braces that called the shots, not the patient (we’ll come onto this a little later on…).

 

In this piece, we’ll talk about:

 

Make Your Treatment Work Around YOU!

As dentists working in 2024, we can totally understand why many of our adult and elder patients have put off having treatment when they were younger. At a time when only clunky, lifestyle-inhibiting metal braces on offer, it’s no wonder many adults just didn’t feel getting their teeth straightened was worth the effort.

 

The good news is, that even metal braces have now become more patient-friendly. They’re more comfortable, lightweight, and compact, and you can even choose to have ceramic versions that look discreet.

 

Better still, there’s Invisalign.

 

Invisalign enables you to get on living your life, with minimal interruptions to your day-to-day life. This is a huge advantage over fixed braces, and it’s made possible because of the following:

 

Invisalign aligners are removable

Removable aligners = a gamechanger.

 

Having the capacity to take your aligners out when you eat, drink and brush your teeth takes a lot of (what patients can feel is the “headache”), out of the treatment process.

 

It’s as easy as this. You can simply take your aligners out (for up to 2 hours each day), and brush and eat entirely as you would normally.

 

There is no such luxury with metal braces, which are a fixed entity in your mouth, and require some dietary alterations on the part of the patient. This can be a huge deal breaker for many adult patients, who simply don’t have the time or inclination to rearrange their lifestyle around the treatment in this way.

 

With Invisalign, you have complete freedom to continue eating as normal, and there’s no danger of food becoming stuck in your aligners (which are removed before eating). Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of metal braces is sticky foods becoming lodged in the brace, and causing dental decay and bad breath. By contrast, Invisalign can be removed and easily cleaned. You can also floss normally and without metal any components to navigate.

 

Invisalign aligners are comfortable

As a patient-experience-orientated treatment, Invisalign aligners had to be crafted to be easy to get used to and comfortable.

 

Not only are the aligners bespoke, fitting over every curvature of each tooth near-perfectly, but the plastic from which they’re made is smooth and will not cause any irritation to the soft tissues in your mouth.

 

The older metal braces of yesteryear certainly couldn’t boast the same thing. Being as hefty as they were, metal braces from a couple of decades ago would routinely irritate patients’ soft tissues, making the many months of treatment hardly something to smile about.

 

Invisalign aligners don’t limit your hobbies

Many of the patients we see for Invisalign are keen players of contact sports like rugby and martial arts, as well as musicians who play woodwind instruments like the flute, clarinet, saxophone, or harmonica.

 

Metal braces place limitations on partaking in these activities. In the case of contact sports, metal braces can make it extremely difficult to protect teeth with a sports mouthguard. Meanwhile, playing a woodwind instrument with a metal brace can take some adjusting to, especially after each time you have your brace tightened every 6-8 weeks.

 

But guess what? Invisalign takes all of these obtrusive factors away by being…. Removable!  

 

Invisalign aligners produce predictable outcomes

Choosing to have your teeth straightened is a big commitment. With this in mind, you want to be sure that the outcome will meet (and hopefully exceed), your expectations.

 

Invisalign integrates ClinCheck software, which allows you to see every single movement your teeth will go through before you start your treatment. You will also be able to see how your smile will look once treatment is complete, giving you the inclination and motivation to proceed with teeth straightening.

 

Private Dentist: Leeds-based Meliora Dental’s Invisalign Expertise

Here at Meliora Dental, we are fortunate to have the talents of Dr Kunal Rai, who is an elite Invisalign Go provider.  Kunal is an advocate of Invisalign, delivering training to fellow dentists about how to optimise the use of Invisalign for the best clinical outcomes.

He frequently delivers full smile makeovers using Invisalign and cosmetic dental treatments such as composite bonding and teeth whitening.

A forward-thinking dentist, Kunal is continuously seeking ways to enhance the Invisalign treatment journey so that teeth straightening is an inviting prospect for patients of all ages.

Click here to choose Meliora Dental for Invisalign, Leeds-based reputable dental practice. We offer a wide variety of restorative and cosmetic dental treatment, provided by clinicians who deeply care about putting a smile on your face, and helping you to feel the most confident you can about your teeth.

Contact our friendly reception team by clicking here.

 

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As a result of an accident I had as a child my front tooth suffered some trauma and became discoloured over time. The tooth eventually broke last year which led to it being removed. I was referred to Kunal who took me through the various options I had. As functionality was the most important aspect...

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As a child, I was given a fixed brace by a practice who showed very little care. These were removed after 9 months due to them being "unable to straighten anymore" leaving me unhappy with my teeth and a major open bite. As years went on, I became less and less confident with my teeth,...

Imogen O

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Thank you for your hard work and I hope this testimonial reflects just how happy I am with my smile. The care and attention which I received during my smile makeover was far better than any I have previously experienced. Kunal and his team were amazing throughout the entire process. I had regular check-ups throughout,...

Matthew G

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Kunal is a very approachable, informative and meticulous dentist. From the beginning of my last Invisalign journey, Kunal explained the procedure very clearly and thoroughly. He showed me a 3D image and how my teeth would change throughout the treatment, the length of the treatment and the possible cons of it, such as black triangles...

Charanprite D

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I was never conscious of my teeth much but over the years my teeth became more overcrowded, in particular my bottom teeth. I found myself smiling in photos with my mouth closed as I didn’t like the way my teeth looked this was something that over time I got even more conscious of and so...

Eve

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Kunal and his team gave me the best experience throughout my transformation. Everything was explained all the way through the process and he even accommodated my lunch time appointments every 4 weeks! He always gave his honest opinions and made me feel at ease. He is such a perfectionist and wouldn’t let me leave my...

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As a result of an accident I had as a child my front tooth suffered some trauma and became discoloured over time. The tooth eventually broke last year which led to it being removed. I was referred to Kunal who took me through the various options I had. As functionality was the most important aspect for a replacement for me we agreed an implant was the route to go. The tooth removal however left an element of damage to the natural bone so I had to undergo a bone graft to repair this. One year after the extraction (as 2 bone grafts were needed in the end) I'm now fitted with my implant and I can honestly say I have never been as proud to smile as I am today. From start to finish Kunal...

Andrea B

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As a child, I was given a fixed brace by a practice who showed very little care. These were removed after 9 months due to them being "unable to straighten anymore" leaving me unhappy with my teeth and a major open bite. As years went on, I became less and less confident with my teeth, until I came across Kunal. From the first moment I walked into the practice, Kunal was very welcoming and talked me through every possible stage that would happen if I was to go ahead with treatment with zoom calls to show the perceived results and ensure I was happy to go ahead with treatment Kunal gave me a diagnosis of my open bite, which was behavioural, therefore instantly this behavioural trait was worked upon to receive the best results from...

Imogen O

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Thank you for your hard work and I hope this testimonial reflects just how happy I am with my smile. The care and attention which I received during my smile makeover was far better than any I have previously experienced. Kunal and his team were amazing throughout the entire process. I had regular check-ups throughout, and each time Kunal would make sure I was happy, not just with the work that had already taken place, but with the direction my smile was headed. Kunal engaged in discussion with me about each aspect making sure I fully understood what would happen and giving me the chance to have my own input. This combined with his vast knowledge and incredible skill left me feeling fully relaxed and in safe hands. Each step was performed in meticulous detail,...

Matthew G

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Kunal is a very approachable, informative and meticulous dentist. From the beginning of my last Invisalign journey, Kunal explained the procedure very clearly and thoroughly. He showed me a 3D image and how my teeth would change throughout the treatment, the length of the treatment and the possible cons of it, such as black triangles and what can be done to minimize them. Kunal made it clear from the beginning that as a dentist his interest was the function of the teeth, better oral hygiene, the bite etc. I learned so much from him regarding my own teeth, that it was my bottom teeth that was causing the misalignment on my top teeth, l have gum recession due to excess brushing and l was in danger of losing two teeth due to it! Things my...

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