News 03/07/2023

5 big advantages of Invisalign

Are you considering teeth straightening? Here at Benfleet Dental Centre we have a wide range of teeth straightening treatments available so are sure to have the right solution to meet your needs.

In this month’s blog we look at the advantages of undergoing our most popular teeth straightening treatment, Invisalign. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that is growing in popularity with people of all ages.

Instead of using fixed aligners to move the teeth into the optimum position, this treatment uses removable clear aligners. This allows for an easier treatment process for the patient, as it means that they can remove their aligners to eat, drink and care for their teeth.

In this blog, we’re looking at some of the reasons that Invisalign is a popular choice with our patients. These are some of the reasons that patients choose removable aligners over fixed braces.


1. Comfortable

Metal braces are uncomfortable for most wearers. The brackets are raised and cause rubbing, scrapes, or even sores on the insides of the cheeks of lips. It’s also not uncommon for the wires to come loose and poke or cut the inside of the mouth.

Invisalign has no brackets, wires, or other metal pieces. They are made of a clear, smooth plastic and are lightweight and comfortable. The aligners are laser-cut to fit the contour of your gums, meaning they are less likely to rub or hurt your cheeks or gums.

2. Nearly invisible

Invisalign aligners move teeth into their proper position gradually and gently – without the need for unsightly brackets and wires that come with conventional dental braces. Invisalign appliances are made from medical-grade polyurethane resin that is virtually invisible.

This means that no one needs to know you are wearing them unless you tell them. For adults thinking about orthodontic treatment, this can be a more enticing offer, as it means they can wear their aligners in professional and social settings without worrying about the stigma of adult braces.

Teenagers are also big fans of this orthodontic treatment plan, as they can enjoy social situations without worrying about their braces being obvious or visible.

Zero food restrictions

3. Zero food restrictions

One of our patients’ favourite aspects of Invisalign treatment is the fact that they can enjoy all the same foods they love. Unlike traditional braces and most other orthodontic treatments which have strict dietary restrictions, Invisalign allows you to eat and drink without having to fear breaking a bracket or damaging your appliance.

Simply remove the aligners before you eat and pop them back in when you are finished. You’ll need to rinse your aligners before you put them back in, so many people find that it helps them to stop snacking between meals. Improved lifestyle habits like this are just some of the reasons that Invisalign is so popular.

4. Less appointments

With traditional braces you need to attend for regular appointments to have the wires tightened. With Invisalign you will only need to attend for appointments every 6-8 weeks, ensuring that your teeth straightening treatment does not have a major impact on your work or leisure time.

You can take control of your treatment from the comfort of your own home. At the start of the treatment plan, you will receive your full case of aligners.You can then move through the treatment plan, changing your aligners every 10-14 days, according to the instructions from your dentist.

Improved oral hygiene

5. Improved oral hygiene

Traditional braces can be difficult to maintain and can increase the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. When using Invisalign, it is easy to remove the aligner trays to clean them.

They can then be gently brushed with toothpaste and warm water before they are reinserted. This also means that you can follow your normal oral hygiene routine, brushing and using interdental cleaning aids.

With traditional fixed braces, you would need to get to grips with complex brushes and spend longer cleaning your teeth and braces every day. There is also the increased risk that food could get caught in your braces, which can be very embarrassing.


Invisalign provides a great option for those looking to straighten their teeth. If you have any questions or would like more information on how Invisalign and teeth straightening can improve the appearance of your smile , call Benfleet Dental Centre on 01702 557766.

During your initial consultation, we can explore if this is the right treatment plan for you and share our tips for how you can get the most out of Invisalign treatment. Book a consultation with our team today.

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