Invisalign is an alternative to metal braces that uses new developments in dental science to straighten teeth without the hassle of metal brackets. Invisalign consists of clear, removable aligners designed to shift your teeth into the right position over time. Invisalign can be used by older teenagers and adults who are put off by the visibility of metal braces.
At Weybridge Orthodontics, Invisalign is used to straighten teeth gradually and effectively. The experienced dental team in Weybridge will guide you through the various stages of the treatment and help you design the results achieved by your custom-made clear aligners. Treatment length depends upon the issues with your teeth.
How it works
If you are considering Invisalign, you should consult a dentist, who can provide more information on the treatment, costs and expected duration. Each individual has a unique set of teeth, this is why your dentist will ensure they get detailed measurements of your teeth and gums in order to create your personalised aligners.
Invisalign aligners are transparent and almost impossible to see. Although you must wear them for at least 22 hours a day, you will need to remove them to eat, brush or floss. Gradually, they will move your teeth into position. Invisalign aligners have to be changed every two weeks for effective teeth straightening and it can take about a year or so to fully complete the treatment.
Invisalign versus metal braces
When it comes to teeth straightening treatments, braces are usually considered the standard of care for many dental issues. However, adults are far more apt to be interested in their everyday appearance than children and braces can make them feel self-conscious. Furthermore, they can be painful and slow down everyday activities such as eating, brushing and flossing.
An important advantage of using Invisalign aligners instead of braces is the fact that they are removable. While you should wear them for the biggest part of the day, having them out to eat or brush your teeth can make your life much easier. On top of that, Invisalign aligners are transparent and nobody will know that you are under treatment unless you tell them.