Using Invisalign to subtly straighten adults’ teeth
What if we told you there was a subtler way to straighten your teeth than metal braces? At Southend Dental Care we are always keen to highlight the benefits of teeth straightening treatment to patients of all ages. However, we are aware that the thought of wearing an obvious metal appliance for months or years on end can be a barrier to treatment for adult patients. That’s why we are proud to offer a more discreet option.
Invisalign has been used successfully to treat more than three million patients across the world to date. This treatment is designed to subtly straighten your teeth, with next to no impact on your lifestyle.
How Invisalign works
Unlike traditional braces, which are fixed in place for the duration of treatment, Invisalign aligners are safe and easy to remove at home. They can be taken out for short periods to eat and drink, as well as to clean and to brush and floss your teeth as normal, meaning no special dental hygiene techniques are needed during treatment.
Treatment involves the use of a series of clear aligners – sometimes called “invisible braces” – which are designed to fit comfortably over your teeth, gradually guiding them into a better position. You need to change your aligner every two weeks as your teeth begin to move, and will need to use a retainer at the end of treatment to make sure your teeth stay in their new position.
Every case is different, and your Invisalign dentist will tell you how many aligners you will need during your initial consultation.
Invisalign is backed up by advanced 3D computer software, which means that after taking photographs and impressions as necessary your dentist will be able to show you the results you can expect from treatment right from the outset.
You will need to wear your aligners most of the time – between 20 and 22 hours per day to ensure that treatment progress stays on track. However, because they are made from durable clear plastic, they will be invisible to the untrained eye, meaning that nobody needs to know you are having orthodontic treatment unless you choose to tell them.