For many, the word ‘braces’ drudges up memories of awkward teenage years wearing traditional, metal braces and often these memories make some adults cringe when they want to straighten their teeth. Thankfully, the stigma of braces no longer applies, and more and more adults are opting for modern, orthodontic treatments.
One of the main reasons for this are the advances made in the field in the past few decades, with more discreet options available to patients, like Invisalign, which is one of the most popular orthodontic systems.
How does Invisalign work?
The Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear, comfortable aligners that are made from thin, flexible plastic, that was created exclusively for Invisalign.
The clear aligners are custom made and sit over your teeth to gently move them into their new position, gradually with each aligner you wear.
Our dentists, Dr Emily and Dr Ravi, will initially assess your case in your complimentary consultation and discuss how the treatment works. If you want to go ahead, the dentists will take a 3D scan of your teeth and with our advanced technology, create a digital simulation of your treatment from start to finish. A set of Invisalign trays will be made for you and to make sure your teeth are moving in the correct way, we will monitor your progress in your appointments with us.
Why consider Invisalign?
The most obvious reason is to have a beautiful, straight smile. Studies have shown that 9 in 10 adults who have undergone teeth-straightening treatment felt that having straighter teeth had a huge impact on their self-confidence.
No lifestyle change
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign fits into your lifestyle. As they are extremely discreet you can go about your day as normal, unhindered by worry over how your braces look, as most people won't even notice them.
Secondly, as Invisalign aligners are removable, there are absolutely no restrictions on what you can eat. Simply pop them out before indulging in your favourite food and drink. You can also remove them for any special occasions like a wedding, date or job interview. Just remember to wear them for 20-22 hours a day to get the best results and to prevent your teeth from reverting.
Improve your oral care
It’s not just about having a pretty smile, although that does help. A straight smile can have a significant impact on your oral health, as it’s easier to brush and clean between your teeth. Misaligned teeth are harder to clean thoroughly as the hard-to-reach areas are more likely to have plaque and tartar build up. This in turn increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.