When it comes to straightening teeth, nothing works quite like braces. By constantly putting pressure on your teeth and slowly encouraging them to move into the correct position, braces have created millions of straight, beaming smiles in children and adults. But traditional braces can be seen as bulky, ugly or uncomfortable, and are generally not something you see many adults wearing. But adults need teeth straightening treatments too – which is why Invisalign was invented. In today’s post, we wanted to give you a bit of information on what Invisalign is, and how it could help you.
What Is Invisalign?
The Invisalign system is a new generation of brace. A unique tooth straightening system, designed to help you get straighter teeth without the need for permanent braces. It uses a custom-made aligner, which is changed roughly every two weeks and worn for between 6 to 12 months, in a similar fashion to a retainer. The Invisalign system is used as an orthodontic treatment to help realign the teeth and jaw, creating a comfortable bite and beautiful smile. Not only can you not see the aligners being worn, but they can also be paired with a whitening gel that leaves your with straighter, whiter teeth that are Hollywood ready. The aligners are unique to each user, since they are made from a mould of your teeth, and have proven very popular with teenagers and adults across the UK as an alternative to ‘train track’ braces.
`How Does Invisalign Work?
A traditional brace works by applying constant pressure to your teeth using a series of brackets and wires, gradually encouraging them to move into the right alignment. At its heart the Invisalign does the same thing, but with a different method behind it. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign works through a series of plastic aligners that gradually shift your teeth into place. Each aligner is manufactured so that the teeth are slightly straighter than the previous aligner, making it a very gentle process. Your teeth will typically move up to 0.25mm per aligner, and every two weeks you will receive a new set. Treatments can last between 6 and 12 months, depending on the severity of your misalignment. This constant updating slowly moves your teeth into their ideal positions naturally, without any uncomfortable or unsightly brackets, and without several years’ worth of dental work ahead of you.
Invisalign Vs Traditional Braces
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is one of the simplest and most convenient ways to straighten teeth – making it perfect for adults with a busy schedule. In particular, there are three ways Invisalign is an improvement over traditional ‘train track’ braces.
• Appearance: As the name suggests, the Invisalign aligner is almost completely invisible. It’s make of a clear plastic that is moulded to your teeth, so when being worn you can barely tell you are wearing anything. There are no thick metal brackets and wires taking away from the natural look of your smile.
• Convenience: Traditional braces are permanently adhered to your teeth and connected with wires, which can make some everyday tasks much more challenging. But with Invisalign, you can remove the aligners when needed, which makes things like brushing your teeth, flossing, eating and drinking (particularly hard or chewy foods) a simple task.
• Comfort: Anyone who has had traditional braces will tell you that the brackets and wires aren’t the most comfortable things to live with. Your mouth and gums will often get scratched, and this can lead to irritation, cuts and ulcers. The Invisalign doesn’t have any sharp edges at all, and lies smoothly against your teeth during wear. It’s a much more comfortable way to straighten your teeth.
Is Invisalign Right For Me?
This one is a tricker to answer, because only your dentist can really tell you. Every patient is unique, and by seeing a dentist or orthodontist you will be able to find out if Invisalign is the right solution for you. In general, Invisalign aligners can correct some of the most common dental problems we see, including:
- Gapped teeth
- Mild bite problems (like overbite, underbites, cross bites or open bites)
- Crowded teeth
Dr Teresa @ Appledore Milton Keynes has successfully treated over 700 people just like you with Invisalign, book your free appointment and find out how Invisalign can change your smile.