Restoring Your Smile With Invisalign
Are you fed up with having crooked teeth but don’t want to wear braces? If so, then read on.
It is very likely that there are thousands of people in the UK who live with a crooked set of teeth which they are unhappy with. Despite the success rate of orthodontic treatments, many patients still choose to live with their teeth as they are, rather than having to wear ‘braces’ for a long period of time.
We do understand this as braces as many people understand them, can be highly visible and for some, a little uncomfortable too.
There are also additional dental risks when you wear regular braces. The wires and brackets that are used in this treatment are a potential trap for food and bacteria which can be notoriously difficult to remove given the additional effort required to keep teeth and gums clean when you wear braces.
Whilst people might be prepared to tolerate wearing braces for short periods of time to correct minor cosmetic problems, they may be less keen to do so when a lengthier treatment time is needed for more significant correction.
This is where a revolutionary method of teeth straightening comes into its own in the form of Invisalign orthodontics. This orthodontic system offers a great way to gently straighten crooked teeth, something which can often take a year or more, without the disadvantages of traditional wire and bracket type braces.
Although Invisalign orthodontics work in the same way as traditional braces, by gently exerting pressure over a period of time, encouraging the teeth towards their correct position, it does so using an entirely different method. Patients will no longer have to worry about having wires around their teeth which can both look and feel a little strange. Instead, Invisalign uses near-invisible ‘trays’ which fit directly over your teeth.
What are Invisalign trays?
The trays that are used in this procedure are made from a transparent medical grade plastic. This is used because of its strength and also allows the trays to be thin enough to be barely noticeable when you wear them. They are produced following scans and x-rays being taken of your teeth and are produced for each patient individually.
The number of trays given to each patient and the time that they have to be worn will vary according to each patient’s needs. This will be discussed during your consultation and examination. Each tray progressively corrects the position of the teeth, with trays being worn for a short period of time before being replaced by the next one until your teeth are straight and even.
The most obvious benefit for the patient is that there are no wires to be seen when you are wearing Invisalign and it’s quite possible that very few people will even be aware that you have them. The other big advantage of this method over traditional braces is that they are removable. Whilst this should only be done for specific reasons, it both makes life easier for the wearer and also helps to keep the teeth and gums healthy.
Patients can remove their trays whilst eating a meal, and after cleaning the teeth and trays, return them to their mouth. Not only does this greatly reduce the risk of getting food trapped in your teeth but means that you can eat whatever you want as well, without worrying about food becoming trapped.
The other time that the trays should be removed is for cleaning your teeth. The trays should also be cleaned so that bacteria etc doesn’t become trapped in them. We will provide full details of how to do this during your consultation.
Once the treatment is complete; like with any orthodontic treatment, you will be required to wear a retainer as instructed. This is to prevent your teeth from gradually ‘drifting’ back to their incorrect position. We will discuss this with you when you see us at your consultation.
The finishing touch
Depending on your situation, it can take a year or so to achieve the straight even smile that many patients desire. Once this has been done and you have the smile that you are happy with, why not consider promoting your new smile with a teeth whitening procedure? This safe and effective treatment will help you to have whiter looking teeth and really show off your newly achieved straight teeth!
If you would like to find out more about our range of orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign, or simply like to make an appointment or register at our Clapham dental practice, you can do so by calling the Confidental Clinic today on 020 7801 9060. We look forward to welcoming you!