Invisalign are clear, form-fitting, removable, custom aligner trays that you place over your teeth like a gumshield or retainer. They are not fixed to the teeth and can be quickly and easily taken out by the wearer in a matter of seconds when needed.
They are worn in a prescribed sequence, changing every few weeks or so to the next set which changes slightly each time to gradually move the teeth into the desired position.
Invisalign – The Advantages
For those looking to improve the alignment, spacing and overall look of their teeth, Invisalign treatment in Essex is an increasingly popular option for patients of all ages and dental needs, due to the many benefits that it can offer.
It’s no surprise that those who are self-conscious about their teeth enough to want to improve them will have hesitations about traditional metal braces which tend to draw more attention. One of the most appealing aspects of Invisalign treatment is that the material used is a thin, clear plastic which makes them practically invisible when worn, helping to improve self-confidence.
Unlike the traditional, fixed braces, Invisalign aligners can be quickly and discretely taken out in just a matter of seconds for eating, brushing, playing musical instruments or even for special occasions or events such as weddings.
It is, however, important to remember that in order to achieve the desired results within the expected timeframe, patients must wear them for at least 22 hours a day.
Resolves Various Dental Issues
Invisalign can help to correct a wide range of issues such as:
- Crowded Teeth
- Gap Teeth
- Misaligned Teeth
- Open bite
Most orthodontic options for straightening teeth involve a hefty list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ when it comes to foods. Invisalign trays are removed for eating, which means no food is off limits and you can continue to eat as normal. Simply make sure that you brush your teeth in between eating where possible and clean the aligners regularly to help keep your mouth clean and prevent decay.
Comfortable To Wear
Metal braces can be uncomfortable to wear with sharp wires and rough brackets which can irritate inside of the mouth sometimes causing cuts and sores to develop.
Invisalign aligners are made from a smooth, flexible, medical grade plastic and are created to fit perfectly around your teeth. When you first change to the next set there can be a little ‘tightness’, but this should be mild and will subside in time as the teeth adjust.
Fewer Dentist Visits
The way the treatment works is that you receive a number of weeks’ worth of aligner trays in advance which you need to wear as directed in the given sequence. This means that you require a minimal number of check-ups and visits and won’t have orthodontic emergencies to worry about for things such as broken wires or brackets.
Better Dental Hygiene
It can be particularly difficult for patients with fixed metal braces to clean their teeth effectively, with brackets and wires getting in the way and food products getting stuck in between. Invisalign aligners are removed when you eat and simply require a brush, clean or rinse during your normal dental routine to help keep them fresh and ensure that no food particles or bacteria have built up.
Suitable For All Ages
Invisalign is a safe tooth straightening option for children, adolescents, and adults depending on their unique dental needs and if it is the best course of treatment. For example, young children between the ages of 8-12 will usually be monitored for the potential use of straightening teeth and most dentists will suggest waiting until they are 13 or 14 to get Invisalign.