Straighter teeth and a wider smile with Invisalign

Smiling is a simple action which most of us take for granted, but there are those who are too self-conscious to perform this simple action because of the state of their teeth. For some people crooked, irregular or overcrowded teeth make them cover their mouths involuntarily when they want to smile. This is the aesthetic aspect, however the same dental issues can cause functional problems. An overcrowded mouth or crooked teeth can also cause tooth decay and gingivitis and also the asymmetry of the jaw line can cause tooth breakage, because of an increase of strain on the muscles in the jaw and face. Invisalign St Albans provides a solution to this problem with an almost undetectable, clear, trademarked polymer that gradually realigns and corrects the problem teeth.

What are the types of treatment available?

Before embarking on any dental treatment it is necessary to research what alternatives are on the market. Your dentist should be your first port of call so that you can get comprehensive and professional advice as to what the right treatment is for your particular condition. The original metal braces have come a long way due to advances in technology making them far less uncomfortable and less conspicuous. Ceramic braces are not as visible as metal braces, but they do require more care when eating, playing sport or brushing teeth. Another less visible option is to have inner teeth or lingual braces, which are not attached to the front of the teeth but to the back.

Why should I choose Invisalign?

The treatment offered by these invisible aligners is individually customised and the low profile design of the aligners provided by Invisalign is almost undetectable. Their comprehensive treatment is designed so that each aligner is worn for about two weeks before the next one in the series. These aligners are designed to gently and slightly move your teeth, each one by a specific amount to achieve the desired end result of straight teeth. Using technological advances each aligner is designed and created by software which calculates each step of the treatment. Most of the patients recommended for this treatment suffer from overcrowding of the teeth. This condition is created when the space between the teeth is restricted which causes teeth to grow misaligned and often overlapping.The aligners can expand the arches of the front teeth which creates space allowing the aligner to correct and straighten the teeth. The rear teeth may require some reshaping or thinning out, a procedure referred to as interproximal reduction, which necessitates some filing down by a small amount. This process does not perforate the enamel and is not painful.

How long is the treatment?

The duration of the treatment is determined by the condition of the teeth and your dentist will advise how long it is required. Aligners should be worn for a minimum of twenty-two hours per day to achieve maximum results. These aligners can be removed for eating and drinking which allows time for proper cleaning and care of theteeth and the aligners.

Final refinements

To achieve that perfect smile, built into the treatment is a refinement three tray set if required. In some cases at the end of the treatment it may be necessary to make a few final adjustments. This is automatically built into the treatment and while it is not necessary in all cases, it is good to know that this facility is available to you.

Apurva Thakur

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