Unless you have been living under a rock, it is probable that at some point you have heard about designer aligners.
Yes, what was once seen as an oxymoron is now a reality! More people than ever are approaching their dentist to have their teeth straightened as adults, making aligners like Invisalign, the Inman Aligner and Six Month Smiles more popular than ever across the UK.
How do they work without metal? By being carefully moulded to your unique dental shape, these aligners move your teeth gradually over a period of months, while also being visually discreet and comfortable to wear. Perfect!
Which aligner is best for you? That depends on your clinical presentation and should ultimately be decided by you and your dentist. But in this article, we are going to explore 2 of the most popular braces in Northern Ireland; Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Enjoy!
What’s the difference?
Both aligners count as cosmetic, but Invisalign is an invisible aligner, while Six Month Smiles is a clear one.
Invisalign is removable, Six Month Smiles is not but both are visually discrete and easy to wear. Six Month Smiles is one of the most popular cosmetic braces from Northern Ireland as it offers a more targeted approach to straightening misaligned teeth; Invisalign is popular due to its superior discretion and ease of use.
The key question everyone wants to know is which one is cheaper?
Simply put, that depends; with both of these braces near Northern Ireland, you will primarily be paying for the time you wear them for and so, the overall cost will depend on the severity of the issue you are having treated.
However, it is important to note that as a direct comparison of average prices, Six Month Smiles is cheaper than Invisalign overall.
Range of uses
OK, so depending on the severity of your dental issue, you may be suited to one of these aligners over the other. But in a test of which aligner offers the broadest range of treatment, Invisalign takes the gold medal.
Once used for only straightening minor misalignments, Invisalign can now treat a wider range of issues, such as overbites, underbites, extreme spacing and overcrowding.
Meanwhile, Six Month Smiles can treat some of these issues, such as spacing, provided that it is not too extreme and that it is located at the front of your mouth. Of the 2 aligners, Six Month Smiles has fewer uses overall.
Ease of use
Day to day usage is important for many people and of the 2 aligners, Invisalign is removable so you are able to eat, drink and brush your teeth without too much hassle.
However, if you are not committed to wearing this aligner for the standard 22 hours a day, your treatment may take longer.
As Six Month Smiles is fitted, you may need to take extra care when brushing etc, but the treatment time is more set. So, in reality, the winner here depends on your personality!