When you think about realigning your teeth, you may have images of uncomfortable and unsightly metal braces that are fixed to your teeth and not going anywhere for years, while the dentist cranks up the pressure. Thankfully, treatment for realigning your teeth has evolved beyond this, and there are now bespoke manufactured clear plastic aligners with Invisalign London. They are removable and comfortable to wear as they sit along the gum line snugly. What’s even better is that nobody should even realise that you are wearing the aligners, unless they are staring at your teeth for any length of time (and if this isn’t your dentist, then maybe it’s time to move into a crowded space!).
How Invisalign works
The sets of aligners provided by your dentist every 6 weeks are designed to be changed between each one every week. They must be worn over the teeth like a gum shield, and as they are worn, the aligners apply a small amount of force to the teeth to push them into the targeted position. The aligners should be comfortable to wear as they will be custom-made for your mouth, using iTero technology to scan your mouth and provide measurements. Your dentist will then use the scan to generate an animation of how your teeth will look after treatment has been completed, so you know what the result will be before you get started on your Invisalign journey.
What types of issues can be treated?
With Invisalign, mild to moderate alignment issues can all be tackled with this nifty appliance. Whether you have a crossbite, an underbite, an overbite, gapped teeth or crowded teeth, Invisalign can be used to improve your look. Every patient’s needs are different, and that is why you will need to book in with your dentist for an initial consultation to find out what is right for your specific requirements.
During a consultation, you should ask as many questions as you can about the treatments offered. If you are discussing Invisalign, make sure you understand what your alignment issues are and which treatments are available. If Invisalign is a treatment that is on the table, compare it against the other treatments to see whether it will fit in with you and your lifestyle. Invisalign offers a virtual care service, so you can get care any day of the week in between your checkups at the dental practice.
What are the other benefits of Invisalign?
The aligners can’t be seen when worn, and they are comfortable to wear, but consider the fact that you can remove the aligners for up to 2 hours a day. This means you can remove them when eating and drinking and when you want to play sports or just have a break from the aligners. You can also maintain your oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing regularly – pretty cool, right? You get to be in control of your treatment and do what is right for you on any given day. As long as you wear your aligners for the required time, you should also have your treatment completed in as little as 6 to 18 months.
To find out more about Invisalign, simply search for a dentist offering this treatment, and see how your smile can be improved discreetly and comfortably. Ahhhh, relax and smile!