If you are thinking about improving the alignment of your teeth, speak to your dentist about the many different options available. The types of braces can vary according to your unique dental needs and preferences. The modern generation prefers discreet teeth straightening as an alternative to traditional teeth straightening. Traditional teeth straightening is carried out using metal dental braces and has been done for over 100 years with highly successful results. Traditional dental braces are the gold standard for orthodontic treatment; however, because they are quite visible when worn, many patients who require orthodontic treatment are reluctant to undergo the treatment because they do not want to draw further attention to their mouths.
This has resulted in the development of a range of discreet orthodontic braces to correct dental misalignment. One of the most popular of these discreet braces is Invisalign London. Invisalign is a modern method of teeth straightening that uses a clear aligner system rather than metal braces to straighten your teeth. Invisalign aligners are clear, medical-grade thermoplastic aligners that are almost invisible and designed using the latest in digital dental technology to produce excellent aesthetic results and beautifully straightened teeth that are easier to maintain.
A tailored treatment plan
To find out whether Invisalign is suitable for you, you must undergo a thorough dental health examination. Your dentist will make sure that your teeth and gums are free of any signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If your dentist is satisfied with the health of your teeth and gums, they will put together an Invisalign treatment plan for you. They will carry out an intra-oral scan, which creates a digital image of your teeth, and the Invisalign software can show you how the position of your teeth will change if you straighten your teeth with Invisalign. If you are happy with the potential results, the images will be used to design a sequence of aligners that will work together to straighten your teeth.
Each aligner can move your teeth by approximately 0.25 millimetres; this occurs over two weeks. After that, your current aligner will stop working, and you will need to move on to the next one in the series. Each aligner needs to be worn according to the instructions; this means they need to be kept in your mouth for approximately 22 hours a day. To prevent them from becoming stained or damaged, the aligners should only be removed before you have a meal or drink anything other than water. They also need to be taken out of your mouth when you brush your teeth. You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once and rinse your mouth before you wear the aligners.
The aligners are also easy to maintain; they can be brushed with an ordinary toothbrush and toothpaste and washed with cold water before putting them back in your mouth. You must adhere to the instructions; otherwise, you may not be able to achieve the results you are looking for and may end up needing more aligners to complete the process; this will add to the treatment cost and duration.
If you are determined to adhere to the protocol and your dentist has decided that Invisalign is the correct solution for you, the aligners will be ordered and delivered to you within approximately 2 or 3 weeks. Straightening your teeth with Invisalign can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. The aligners will be numbered for your convenience, and it is easy to wear and remove them as necessary. You can communicate with your dentist through the online monitoring app and make sure that the process is coming along successfully.
There are many advantages to straightening your teeth, and with Invisalign, these advantages just get better. Straighter teeth are happier and healthier and can promote self-confidence and self-esteem. You can maintain healthy teeth and gums and avoid unpleasant symptoms such as bad breath, toothache and sensitivity. With Invisalign, you can do this at your discretion. Speak to your dentist today to find out more.