Whether an adult or a teenager, the idea of wearing cumbersome fixed metal braces can put you off the idea of teeth straightening. Less conspicuous treatment is now available with advances in dental technologies and materials. Invisalign is one of the most discreet ways to straighten teeth today. It works especially well for mild to moderate cases of crowding, spacing and misalignment.
This innovative treatment is widely available across the UK. In London Invisalign treatment is provided by many dentists, including Graham Tinkler. Formerly an Invisalign patient himself, he has successfully treated over 2000 patients with Invisalign.
The technology behind Invisalign
Invisalign takes advantage of computer-aided technology for teeth straightening that is personalised, effective and more visually appealing than metal braces. A series of clear acrylic aligners are custom designed to fit around your teeth. Each aligner is worn for two weeks and is tasked with moving your teeth a little bit further towards their final positions. Their clear appearance makes them almost invisible to the untrained observer. Combined with the perk of being to take them off to eat, brush and floss, Invisalign in London has minimal impact on your lifestyle.
Your Invisalign treatment
A thorough examination of your teeth will determine if Invisalign is right for you. With the green light to go ahead, impressions of your teeth will be taken. This will be transformed into a 3D picture of your teeth using 3D computer imaging technology. From this, your personal set of aligners will be developed. You can then begin your treatment. You will be shown how to change your aligners and will have regular dental check-ups every six weeks to ensure everything is on track.
Wearing your aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day will ensure the effectiveness of your treatment. Treatments take anywhere from nine to 15 months, averaging around 12 months. Once complete, you can enjoy the cosmetic benefits straighter teeth bring to your smile. There are also dental health benefits as straighter teeth are easier to clean.
Explore your options
Different Invisalign treatments are available for adults and teenagers, depending on the extent of your crowding, spacing or misalignment. Talking to an Invisailgn dentist will help you find the right treatment option.