InvisalignThink of braces and the ‘train track’ look may come to mind. Fixed metal braces are a reliable and effective way to straighten teeth. However, this long-standing solution comes with a significant cosmetic downside during the course of your treatment. This is often enough to put off adults from undergoing teeth straightening treatment. Invisible braces by Invisalign provide a subtler solution for adults wanting to straighten their teeth.

Using clear aligners, Invisalign can resolve crooked, crowded or gappy teeth, without such a heavy cosmetic burden on your smile. This discreet solution is available at practices in London, including Sheen Dental in Richmond. For mild to moderate cases of crowding, spacing and misalignments, Invisalign is an option worth exploring with your dentist.

The Technology Behind Invisalign

The first stage in Invisalign treatment is to thoroughly examine your teeth and gums. Impressions and photos of your teeth are used to create a 3D image of your teeth. From this a series of clear acrylic aligners are designed, each worn for a period two weeks before being switched out for the next one. Bit by bit each aligner gently moves your teeth into their straighter positions. You will need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day to ensure your treatment is effective. This however does give you the freedom to remove them to eat, brush and floss.

Regular dental appointments every six to eight weeks mean a close eye can be kept on the progress of your treatment. Once complete, a retainer will need to be worn to keep your teeth in their new straightened positions. You can then enjoy your new look and the dental health benefits they bring. With straighter teeth being easier to clean, bacteria has less chance to accumulate, meaning you are less likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease.

More Options for Straighter Teeth

If in consultation with an orthodontist, you find Invisalign braces aren’t the right choice for you, there are other options to explore. One such option is Incognito lingual braces; attached to the backs of your teeth, they are hidden from view. Conspicuous fixed metal braces are therefore not the only way to go for straighter teeth.