If you are looking into getting braces but haven't heard about Invisalign then it's time to pay attention. Switch off your phone, put down that cup of tea and find out why Invisalign may be just the ticket you need on that journey to a life changing smile.
Why Invisalign Could be the Treatment for You
Let's start off by telling you a little about Invisalign. It is a groundbreaking teeth straightening system that straightens your teeth with a removable brace that is nearly invisible. That is two huge boxes ticked already for many of out patients.
How does Invisalign work?
The first stage is for your to come in for a consultation with our experienced dentist. The consultation is completely free and is a way for us to chat to each other and work out both if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign and if it is the right treatment for you in achieving your goals. Assuming you choose to go ahead with treatment the next stage is to create some x-rays and moulds of your teeth. The x-rays are sent to a special laboratory along with the moulds of your teeth. This is where it gets exciting.
Your generated 3D smile
At the lab a map of your teeth is generated in special 3D software. Here a timeline of your teeth movements is mapped out so that we can see how your smile will look at each stage of your journey. The lab then fabricates a series of clear aligners, each one will be set to fit your teeth at a different stage of your teeth's journey to becoming straight.
Wearing the aligners
You will now wear each aligner for a couple of weeks until your teeth are fully adjusted. At this point you will move on to the next aligner. The process is repeated until your teeth fit the final aligner and your perfect smile has been created! There is some discipline required here on your part. As the aligners are removable you need to trust yourself that you will only remove them very occasionally. This is generally to brush your teeth and in order to eat food. If you stop wearing the aligners for long enough then the length of your treatment will be prolonged.
Your new smile is here!
After you have finished your course of aligners we will give you a complimentary whitening so that you can show off your new smile with pride!
Advantages of Invisalign
It is not accident that Invisalign has grown to be one of the most popular teeth straightening treatments in the marketplace. So what are some of the major factors that have been a catalyst for this shift in the world of dentistry?
1. Invisalign is nearly invisible
You may have already put two and two together but yes the 'invis' part of the Invisalign does come from the word 'invisible'. The actual aligners are transparent in colour. This means that when inserted into the mouth they are barely noticeable at all. In fact, we have had many patients who chose to not tell anyone about their teeth straightening treatment and have ended up going through the entire series of aligners without anyone knowing they were wearing them!
2. The aligners are removable
The removable nature of the Invisalign aligners is a very attractive feature to our patients. It enables them to remove the brace for special occasions such as photographs. It is also important to remove the aligners when you eat and drink. You can then eat whatever foods you like without worrying about damaging the brace. However, one thing that you must consider is the self discipline that you have with this. You do need to keep the aligners in for the majority of the day. With only 1-2 hours aligner free, you cannot get into the habit of taking them out. If done, this can stall the progress of your straightening and lead to hold ups at the dentist. Therefore if you don't think you can beat the temptation to take out your aligners for long periods of time then it is suggested you go for a fixed brace option such as the Six Month Smiles brace.
3. 3D smile technology
Whilst moving through your Invisalign adventure you will get to see a computer generated 3D model of the progress of your new smile. This is very exciting as you can get a true feeling for how your teeth have moved through each stage of the treatment. This can give great motivation to those who cannot wait to unveil their perfect smile. The 3D technology also gives access to a huge amount of accuracy in exactly what each tooth is going to be doing to get them in the right place.
Is Invisalign for you?
The trade off with Invisalign is that it does take a little longer to achieve your perfect smile compared to alternative fixed brace systems such as Six Mont Smiles. That is where you need to consider the advantages of each system and decide which are closer to your needs and desires. If you are keen to learn more about Invisalign or would like to chat things through with our award winning dentist we do offer free consultations and would love to meet you. In order to book one simply get in touch through our contact us page here.