For those with crooked, crowded or spaced out teeth, teeth straightening is the obvious solution. However, as an adult, fixed metal braces may not appeal due to the cosmetic impact.
With advances in dental materials and technology, braces have moved on from the ‘train track’ look. At Sheen Dental in Richmond, a range of invisible braces is on offer, including Invisalign clear aligners.
How does Invisalign technology work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners custom made to fit your teeth. These aligners are made from a clear acrylic material, making them almost invisible in appearance. Each aligner is designed to slightly move your teeth along their journey to straighter positions. You will change your aligners every two weeks, with dental check-ups every six to eight weeks to ensure your teeth are on track. Treatment times vary depending on the severity of your crowding or misalignments. Results can be achieved anywhere from six to 24 months.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign clear aligners have little impact on your cosmetic appearance. What’s more, they are removable. This makes maintaining your dental hygiene just as easy as it was before you began your treatment. Unlike fixed metal braces, you will not need to deal with food getting stuck between your braces and teeth. Invisalign clear aligners can simply be taken off during mealtimes or when you brush or floss. However, in order for the most effective and speedy results to be achieved, you will need to wear your aligner for at least 20 to 22 hours a day.
What other options are there?
For discreet teeth straightening, Invisalign clear aligners are not the only option available. Lingual braces by Incognito are attached to the backs of your teeth, where they are hidden from view. Made from a gold alloy, they are ideal for those with nickel allergies.
Retaining your new look
On completion of your treatment with invisible braces, you will need to wear a retainer to ensure your teeth remain in their new positions. Retainers come in the form of removable clear moulds or fixed metal appliances that attach to the backs of your teeth. Both provide a discreet way to maintain your new look.