So, you’ve had enough of your misaligned smile or that pesky gap in your teeth and want to do something about it. Good for you!
If you are new to the field of adult orthodontics, you will be happy to learn that there is now more than one type of brace that can help you achieve this. While only a dentist will be able to advise you on the type of aligner or brace you need, you may be suitable for treatment with one of the newer types of orthodontic tools, such as clear and invisible braces.
And one of the most infamous of all of these is Invisalign in Bromley. So, in this short guide, you will be introduced to this aligner, allowing you to formulate some of your own questions when it comes to your orthodontic consultation. Enjoy!
What it is
This is a brand of invisible aligner that came to use in dental surgeries just over 10 years ago.
It is custom-fitted to your teeth and, using sophisticated computer technology, your dentist will be able to accurately predict how many aligners are needed for you to achieve a beautiful smile.
It is made from clear, durable but also flexible plastic, making it quite discreet. If you are given the green light to progress with wearing it, your treatment time may vary from anywhere between 3-9 months, depending on the severity of the issue being corrected.
What it does
As it is an aligner, it is going to move your teeth.
But, unlike fitted braces, this removable aligner comes in a set, which has to be worn in the precise order to work. Each one is shaped to apply pressure to the right parts of your teeth, gently pushing them into alignment.
As it cannot correct issues such as twisted teeth or misalignment with molars, should you have these problems, your dentist may recommend a clear fitted brace instead.
Each of the aligners should be worn for around 2 weeks; if it starts to feel loose, move on to the next one in the series, taking care not to miss out on any. This aligner also comes with a downloadable app for smartphones, so you can stay in communication with your dental team about how the treatment is progressing.
Who is suited
Over 90% of all adults who want to have their teeth straightened are suitable for this aligner.
There are versions designed for teenagers too! There is no upper age limit on usage and you will need to be in good general health and have good oral health before using it.
Should you need a bit more help in the initial stages, this aligner can be used in later stages of orthodontic treatment, often being used after a standard or clear brace to correct more aesthetic issues over functional ones.
To see benefits from this aligner, you will need to wear it for 22 hours per day or as your dentist suggests.
Keep it clean by rinsing under cold water and removing it before eating and, generally, enjoy the freedom and discretion that comes along with it!