How does Invisalign work and what will it do for me?
Invisalign is a virtually invisible system for straightening teeth. Many people feel self-conscious about their smile. They feel that their teeth are too gapped, too crooked or too crowded, but they don’t fancy wearing uncomfortable and very visible braces. Invisalign addresses these problems. It straightens your teeth like conventional braces, but most people you smile at won’t even notice that Invisalign is there.
How does it work?
Invisalign braces are custom made for each individual patient. Over the course of your treatment, which usually takes around 12 to 15 months, you wear a series of clear plastic aligners that will gently and gradually shift your teeth into the right position. It is recommended that you wear these aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them to eat and clean your teeth. Increasing numbers of adults are looking into the benefits of straightening their teeth.
What are the advantages over metal braces?
The first advantage is the most (or the least) obvious: they can’t be seen. If you’re already self-conscious about your smile, a metal brace isn’t going to make you feel better. There are many people wearing incognito braces in London right now. In fact, with Invisalign, many people that you speak to won’t even realise that you’re wearing braces!
The second advantage is hygienic. Invisalign can be removed; conventional braces can’t come off and are awkward to clean. Plaque can build up on your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay. You can have Invisalign fitted by a clinic such as uksmile. You simply remove the aligners, clean your teeth thoroughly as normal, and then replace the aligners.
Invisalign is minimally disruptive of your lifestyle. Because you remove the aligners to eat, there are no restrictions on the food that you can enjoy or the activities in which you can take part. Conventional braces often irritate the cheeks and gums, and there is always a risk of injury when playing sport. There is much less risk of injury with Invisalign. Of course, if you’re still concerned, you can take your aligners out for the duration of the match!
What other benefits are there?
Straighter teeth are healthier teeth and are less prone to gum disease and decay. Oral health benefits your overall health, and a confident smile is an asset professionally and personally!