While you may not know it, when you walk down the street, you could be passing many people who are having treatment to realign their smiles. While they nod and smile politely as they pass you, you may wonder how on earth that could be, as you haven’t seen the glimmer of metal anywhere. However, there is a secret that a dentist Canary Wharf could let you in on. The secret is Invisalign. If you have mild to moderate alignment issues, Invisalign could be the answer to realigning your smile in a discreet and comfortable way.
Tell me more about Invisalign!
This is a system that uses plastic aligners that are worn over the teeth. They push the teeth into the targeted position and it usually takes between 6 and 18 months to achieve the results. The aligners are difficult to see, because they are made of transparent plastic, so only your teeth should be visible to other people. You can also remove the aligners for a couple of hours each day, so you don’t wear them when you’re eating or when you are cleaning your teeth. You should also have time to take them out for other events, such as attending a wedding, or karaoke – whatever makes you tick!
One of the huge benefits of Invisalign, aside from the aligners being virtually invisible, is the fact that they are custom-made to fit your mouth. Dentists use iTero technology to digitally scan your mouth and get the measurements required to have your aligners manufactured for you in the Invisalign laboratories. From this scan, they will also be able to show you a video of what your teeth are going to look like by the end of the process, before your treatment has even begun. It can be a highly motivating aspect of the Invisalign journey and one that allows you to check you are happy with what the results are going to be, before you start! Once you receive your bespoke aligners, they should fit comfortably along the gum line. Initially, you will need to get used to the pressure, but after a day or so, they should be very comfortable to wear. You will need to change between aligners every couple of weeks and then go to see your dentist for a check-up at 6 weeks. They will then provide you with the next batch of aligners to last for another 6 weeks until the next appointment.
Is Invisalign right for me?
The best way to find out if this is a suitable treatment for you is to find an Invisalign dentist and talk to them about your concerns involving your smile. During a consultation, they will also examine your mouth and will be able to advise about the treatment options. They may take X-rays of your mouth to help them to do this. Invisalign is typically used for issues such as crowded teeth, gapped teeth, crossbites, or over and underbites. There is also a special range for teenagers as well, and you need to have your adult teeth to be able to have this treatment.
So, now you’re in on the secret, why not find out if you can join the party?!