Straighter teeth can benefit your health at any age. However for adults, wearing fixed metal braces can be a barrier against investing in teeth straightening. Good news is that there are now more subtle teeth straightening technologies available to treat crooked, crowded or gappy teeth. One of the most discreet options available is Invisalign clear braces.
For an experienced hand when it comes to Invisalign treatment, dentist Graham Tinkler in London has successfully treated over 2000 patients and is himself a former Invisalign patient.
How does Invisalign technology work?
Invisalign clear braces are also known as clear aligners. They are made from a clear acrylic material, which is formed into moulds, created to specifically fit around your teeth. Using computer aided technology, a 3D picture of your teeth is generated from which a series of clear aligners are designed. Each aligner is worn for two weeks, after which you move on to the next in the series. Every successive aligner gradually shifts your teeth towards their final straighter positions. Treatment times vary from case to case but on average take 12 to 18 months.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
The most obvious advantage of Invisalign clear aligners over traditional fixed metal braces is their almost invisible appearance. They are also removable, which means you can take them off during mealtimes and to brush or floss your teeth. This makes it much easier to maintain good dental hygiene during the course of your treatment. Your aligners should still be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours a day to ensure your treatment is effective.
The combined benefits of Invisalign treatment mean they have less of an impact on your lifestyle. On completion of your treatment it is usually recommended that you wear a retainer to ensure your teeth stay in their new, straighter positions.
Is Invisalign right for you?
Invisalign can be used to treat crooked teeth, to close gaps between your teeth, fix overbites, and deal with crowding. Whether Invisalign is appropriate for you will depend on the extent of treatment needed to straighten your teeth. Speaking to a dentist trained to fit Invisalign clear aligners will provide you with the answers you’re looking for.