One of the biggest culprits of low confidence is crooked teeth. Just to inflate the issue, most orthodontic treatments are hardly discreet whilst performing their job. This can multiply the feeling of low self-esteem, at least until your brace is removed to unleash your new straight smile. The tough thing though, is the time in between. However, it doesn't have to be this way. There are other ways to straighten your teeth that don't have to leave you walking around with unsightly lumps of wire protruding from your mouth.
Invisible Braces: The Secret Alternative to Straighter Teeth
Invisible braces are the perfect alternative to traditional train-track braces. These invisible braces can solve a wide range of issues such as; crowding, gaps, overbites and more. The concept is not new but the technology has advanced very quickly in recent years. This new, cutting edge technology will be utilised to create, just for you, your very own clear aligner. This will be designed specifically to fit over your own teeth. The aligners are fully transparent and therefore almost invisible to the eye. They are comfortable to wear as well as being removable for certain special occasions and for times when you are eating. You might think, well this is all well and good but how do they straighten my teeth? Well, the aligners do not fit perfectly over your teeth and that is the trick. In fact, the state of the art 3D technology will map out the journey that your teeth will need to take to reach their perfectly straight final position. A series of aligners are then manufactured, each being slightly closer to that final ending position. You will move your way through the series of aligners as soon as your teeth acclimatise to the current set!
They are Removable too!
The fact that these aligners are removable rather than tightly fixed like their cemented counter parts is a huge advantage. There is no risk or worry about damaging the brace whilst eating or drinking as you can simply remove the aligner at these times. You can also remove the aligner when you need to brush and floss your teeth. This enables you to clean every part of your teeth and maintain great oral hygiene where as this can prove to be a little more difficult when you have a fixed brace. Although there are a few brands of invisible braces serving as treatment in the dental industry today, the industry leaders and most successful brand are Invisalign. These aligners have proven results giving people much confidence in the system. The 3D modelling system is particularly attractive to patients and dentists alike as it is easy to visually see the movements that each tooth will make. It is also possible to make very finite adjustments to the designs. This ensures that your teeth will move exactly where your dentist wants them to.
How Do Invisible Braces Work?
Before any treatment takes place you will get to chat things through with our triple award winning dentist. During this free consultation you will discuss your objectives in detail as well as being assessed for suitability by the dentist. If you are a good candidate for invisible braces and are happy with the plan to move forwards then it is time to proceed with treatment.
Time to Show Off Your Modelling Skills
Don't worry, you don't need to strut your stuff down a dental cat walk. In fact, it is the dentist that will be doing the modelling, 3D modelling that is. The way this works is that a mould of your teeth is created from a special putty like material. Your dentist will use this along with a variety of x-rays of your teeth to create a perfect model of your pearly whites. After the design of your3D model, a virtual treatment plan will be developed. The intricacy of this plan is quite incredible. A map of your tooth movements will be crafted that in turn allows for the fabrication of sequential aligners that will take you on your journey from wonky to wonderful. During treatment there will be little adjustments needed as with regular fixed braces. In fact, you will simply need to pop into your local dentist to collect the next in your series of invisible braces and you are good to go. The entire process usually involves somewhere between 18 and 36 different clear aligners, each one moving your teeth slightly closer to their goal. To make sure that everything is moving smoothly, you will also come in for regular check ups with your dentist so that they can check on the progress of your teeth and to make any adjustments where necessary.
What Are the Main Bonuses of Choosing Invisible braces?
There are several reasons that invisible braces may be the ideal treatment for you. here are just a couple of the factors that pop up more often that others.
Straightening your teeth should not be purely considered about aesthetic appearance. It also helps to improve your overall health, here's why. It has been proven that susceptibility to hum disease become much lower when a person has straightened teeth. Crooked teeth can also cause extra stress and strain on your jaw which can lead to further medical problems in the future. Whilst wearing braces you may find it difficult to clean all of the areas of your teeth, particularly as you will have some brackets actually attached to your teeth. With invisible braces such as Invisalign, you can remove the entire brace and thus maintain a very high level of dental hygiene all the way through your treatment.
A Lifestyle Choice
The biggest draw to invisible braces is the fact that your lifestyle will barely be affected at all whilst you undertake your course of treatment. Many people are self-conscious about their teeth in the first place and so wearing a metal train-track brace only heightens the exact fear and anxiety that they are trying to solve. With invisible braces, you can smoothly move through your treatment with as little stress as possible. On top of this you will not have to make any changes to your diet. This is due to the removable functionality of the aligners. If you were to go for a fixed brace then it is advised not to eat sugary foods or foods that can stain your teeth. If you don't stick to this rule then you can have discoloured marks around where the brackets are attached to your teeth. With clear aligners, this is not a problem.