A bright white smile is essential in making a great first impression. And while you may have tried to do this at home, only a professional teeth whitening will give you a long-lasting beautifully white smile.
Dreaming of a beautiful smile? Invisible braces like Invisalign are very popular, especially among adults. They are a great option to straighten teeth yet avoid a ‘metal mouth’ smile.
The term ‘invisible braces’ refers to a series of clear plastic aligners (also known as ‘trays’) that gradually move teeth into alignment. While they aren’t completely invisible, they use advanced technology which makes them nearly so. Most people don’t notice clear aligners.
Invisalign is the best-known type of invisible brace in the UK. These aligners can be used to treat a range of mild and moderate tooth alignment problems, including:
Invisalign aligners can also gently straighten teeth that have started to move back to their original position following previous orthodontic treatment.
In fact, Invisalign braces can treat nearly all orthodontic problems!
Your dentist or orthodontist will first scan your teeth directly using the latest imaging technology. This scan will be used to plan your treatment at every step with the help of a computer program. From this, your aligners are created.
Because this provides a 3D plan, you can see ‘before and after’ views of your teeth before we even start the treatment. This allows you and your dentist to visualise the outcome of your treatment.
Each aligner is customised to fit your teeth and shaped to apply pressure in exactly the right places to slowly shift them into alignment.
You’ll need to switch to a new aligner every one to two weeks, depending on your dentist’s recommendation, but this doesn’t mean having checkups that often. Your dentist or orthodontist will only need to check the progress of your treatment every four to six weeks or so before providing you with new sets of teeth aligners.
Treatment can take from nine months to 18 months or more, but typically lasts just over a year. Since longer treatment requires more trays to be made, the price of invisible braces increases considerably for longer treatment durations.
After treatment with clear aligners, you’ll need to wear a retainer at night to keep your teeth in place. Your orthodontist or dentist may recommend wearing it during the day at first, too.
Is it time to get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted? Speak to our Aesthetix dentist today to learn more about Invisalign.
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