Many adults missed out on treatment to straighten their teeth as a child and, if you are one of them, you may have resigned yourself to a lifetime of misaligned teeth. Often people assume that having their teeth straightened involves months of putting up with the inconvenience, discomfort and ugliness of metal braces.
Having a smile which you are unhappy with can start to detract from your enjoyment of social interactions and confidence, but there is a solution. Thanks to advances in technology there are a range of clear braces available. Invisalign is an effective and popular system that uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gently move your teeth into the correct position.
What should I expect from treatment?
The first step for patients seeking Invisalign is a thorough assessment of the health and condition of your mouth. Sheen Dental in Richmond finds that this procedure is suitable for less complex cases where the teeth do not have to be dramatically moved.
Computer scanning is used to create a 3D image of your teeth which enables you to see the end result in advance and also allows the aligners to be made to fit your mouth precisely. The aligners are changed every two weeks to progressively adjust the position of your teeth until they are in the correct place. You need to wear your Invisalign braces for around 20-22 hours per day for the best results.
What are the benefits?
For millions of people, Invisalign has been a popular choice as it is discreet, comfortable and effective. The aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning so they fit in with your lifestyle. There may be some feelings of tightness when you first use your new set of aligners but the whole process is generally painless as the braces are made of smooth plastic. This means that here are no wires or brackets which can rub. Having straighter teeth not only looks better, it also facilitates great oral health as they are easier to clean and more stable.