Misaligned teeth may be a source of anxiety for some people who aren’t keen on smiling and showing what’s behind the straight face. But, people can’t live a life worrying about smiling, can they? It’s to be hoped not! Aside from the embarrassment associated with misaligned teeth, there can also be complications with keeping oral hygiene at good levels if teeth are overcrowded or crossed over, for example, as this makes it harder to brush and floss efficiently.
While some patients have fixed metal braces – a traditional solution to realigning teeth – many more patients now opt for clear braces. Clear braces Clapham offer a convenient, discreet and effective method of realigning teeth and may be fixed or removable. One popular treatment that uses removable clear braces is Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners that are to be worn over the teeth and sit snugly on the gum line for maximum comfort. They are well-fitted because they can be made bespoke to fit the individual patient’s mouth, thanks to iTero technology, which is used to take a 3D scan of the mouth and provide the measurements for the sets of aligners to be made. The iTero 3D scan is also used to generate an animation of what the teeth will look like after treatment before the treatment gets going; it can be an amazing way to enthuse even the most reticent of people (get ready to say ‘wow!’).
The aligners apply gentle pressure to the teeth to move them into the correct position, and they must be changed every week. A patient would typically have to visit their dentist every 6 weeks for a checkup and to receive the next batch of aligners.
Why should I choose Invisalign?
There are so many reasons to choose Invisalign, ranging from their discreet nature and people not being able to notice them (unless they look very closely!) to the comfort and convenience that they offer in being removable for up to 2 hours a day.
When removing your aligners, you can brush and floss as normal, and this will ensure that your teeth and gums don’t suffer from having an appliance in your mouth. Plus, when you don’t have the aligners in, you can eat whatever you want, and you can also remove them for special occasions or because you simply want a break from them for a bit.
Another benefit of choosing Invisalign is that the results may be seen in as little as 6 months! This will vary depending on the patient’s circumstances; however, 6 to 18 months is the average time it takes to see the results you’ve been working towards. Once the treatment has been completed, you will need to wear a retainer to keep the results.
So, if you’re thinking ‘yes’ to clear braces, contact a dentist who offers this treatment and book in for a consultation to see whether clear braces can clear up your misaligned teeth! Magic… and a lot of science!