While teeth straightening for adults is on the rise, many people don’t like the idea of wearing metal braces. Luckily, there is now a wide choice of more discreet teeth straightening options for patients of all ages, including Invisalign.
Unlike metal braces, Invisalign is almost invisible since it consists of removable, translucent aligners to help move the teeth into their right position. Invisalign in Weybridge is offered by many dental practices, including Weybridge Orthodontics, and is ideal for teenagers or adults who want to straighten their teeth inconspicuously.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign treatment combines advanced 3D computer technology with traditional teeth straightening methods. Invisalign aligners are designed to move the teeth gradually to the desired final position prescribed by the dentist. Each aligner is custom-made to fit the mouth of each patient at each stage of the treatment plan.
Each aligner is worn for about 2 weeks or so and can be taken out to eat, brush and floss. Replacing each aligner with the next in the series, will force the teeth to move gradually until they reach their new straightened positions.
Benefits of Invisalign in Weybridge
Some of the most important benefits offered by Invisalign are due to its removable nature. As the aligners can be removed there is no need to impose diet restrictions, enabling Invisalign patients to continue their favourite foods throughout the treatment. More importantly, Invisalign aligners can be removed for brushing and flossing, therefore daily oral hygiene routines remain unchanged. As an added benefit, the aligners can be easily cleaned, helping prevent staining and build-up of bacteria.
Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic and fit comfortably over the teeth and gums without hurting them in the way metal brackets and wires sometimes can. Invisalign can be worn even during athletic activities. Moreover, Invisalign aligners require minimal maintenance and very few adjustments compared to metal braces. This increased comfort does not impact treatment time, which is often quicker than with other more traditional braces.
Who is eligible?
Generally, patients who can have metal braces are also eligible for Invisalign, although this is not always the case. Invisalign can fix a lot of dental problems including bite issues, but is not ideal for very young children or adults with severe misalignment.