Orthodontic treatment is traditionally done using metal braces that consist of brackets and wires, which are fitted onto the front surface of the teeth and tightened to exert pressure and create a neatly-aligned smile. Traditional braces have been used for over 100 years and are highly effective at correcting complex misalignment issues and creating beautiful aesthetic results. The common issue with traditional braces, however, is that although they produce excellent results, patients find they draw unwanted attention to their mouths. Because of this, most adults and many teenagers look for discreet orthodontic alternatives to traditional metal braces. This led to much research and development into discreet methods of teeth straightening. In 1999, a group of students in the USA developed Invisalign London, which quickly became a popular choice for those looking for an alternative to traditional braces.
Invisalign is very different to traditional braces; it uses clear thermoplastic aligners to straighten teeth instead of metal wires and brackets. These aligners can be designed to fit tightly on your teeth to create a force that will push them into a neater formation.
Although metal components are stronger and can exert a greater force, Invisalign aligners are also highly successful and can address a range of orthodontic issues, including crooked, overlapping, overcrowded and gapped teeth. Invisalign can also correct bite disorders. Bite disorders affect the alignment of the jaw and, therefore, the alignment of your teeth and the appearance of your smile. Invisalign can address overbites, underbites and crossbites, which are the main types of bite disorders. By addressing all these issues, Invisalign can transform the appearance of your smile and improve your dental health at the same time. Good dental health is important for overall well-being, and by straightening your teeth, you can improve the quality of your life.
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Invisalign for all ages
You need to find out about teeth straightening so that you can start enjoying the benefits and avoid dental complications in the future. Speak to your dentist and find out whether Invisalign is suitable for you. Invisalign can be used on patients of all ages and is suitable for those with healthy teeth and gums. Patients with underlying dental health complications, such as tooth decay and gum disease, will need to treat these issues before straightening their teeth to prevent any damage and achieve successful results.
Customised treatment plans
In 23 years, Invisalign has helped correct more than 14 million smiles and continues to be a popular choice of dental treatment. You will need to undergo an intra-oral scan, which will show you how your teeth will look after you have them straightened with Invisalign. Invisalign can straighten your teeth in as little as 4 to 6 months. If you are correcting simple, orthodontic issues or you have complicated orthodontic needs, it can take between 12 and 18 months to straighten your teeth. In certain cases, your dentist may decide that you need a combined treatment plan, for example, a tooth extraction to make more space for your teeth, or you may need to try fixed braces to move your teeth initially and then move onto Invisalign aligners to continue the process. With extensive experience in dealing with unique orthodontic cases, your dentist will be able to decide what is right for you.
With Invisalign, you must follow the instructions. You will be provided with a full set of aligners, and each will be numbered so you know what order to wear them in. Each aligner needs to be worn for two weeks and kept in your mouth for approximately 22 hours a day for optimal results. Since the aligners are removable, they will only work when you have them in your mouth, so you need to wear them correctly; otherwise, the treatment period may be prolonged, and the results may not be as desired.
Speak to your dentist today about the different types of teeth straightening, whether or not Invisalign is suitable for you and why Invisalign is such a popular choice across the world. If you want an easy and discreet way to straighten your teeth, then Invisalign may be the solution for you.