Many adults dream of having straighter teeth, but the thought of having to wear traditional “train-track” style braces, comprising metal wires and brackets, for a considerable period of time puts them off seeking treatment.
In recent years there have been huge advances in the field of orthodontics. Several revolutionary new systems have been developed which eschew metal in favour of clear plastic or tooth-coloured ceramic components, meaning they are practically invisible to the untrained eye. These products are known as “invisible orthodontics” and more and more adults are opting to straighten their teeth this way, without having to worry about how metal brackets and wires will affect their personal or professional lives. One of the most popular invisible orthodontics solutions is Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that gently move your teeth into a new position. These aligners are made to fit your teeth perfectly and as well as being clear are removable, meaning you can take them out to clean, to brush your teeth and to eat and drink, so they don’t interfere with your lifestyle. You need to change your aligner every two weeks or so, as your teeth move.
What does treatment involve?
The Invisalign system can be used to correct a wide range of mild to moderate orthodontic problems. The first step is to book a consultation, and if Invisalign is suitable in your case impressions will be taken of your teeth, along with photographs and x-rays as necessary. This information will be fed into the computer so you will be able to see what results to expect before starting treatment.
A series of clear aligners will be made up to fit your teeth exactly. You need to wear each one for about two weeks as your teeth move, and will need a retainer at the end of treatment.