Depending on how much your teeth need realigning, you can expect orthodontic to last for more than a year, if not two. Combining treatment with work and social events can be tricky and this is an important reason why people put off committing to braces.
Perhaps you are thinking ahead to a wedding or an important presentation at work and finding it hard to imagine undertaking these important events with braces on your teeth?
Fortunately there is a solution which means you can get started on your treatment without delay. Invisalign is a new cosmetic option for straightening teeth. Instead of brackets and an arch wire, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligner trays which are placed over your teeth like a mouth guard to gradually move your teeth to the desired position.
The significant advantage of using trays as opposed to traditional bracket and wire braces is that they are removable. This means that you can take them out for mealtimes, or for those important events and moments when you need your smile to be natural and free.
Further advantages are that that there is no issue with food getting caught and you can avoid the discomfort that sometimes occurs with traditional braces rubbing on the inside of the moth and gums. Because you can take the Invisalign aligners out your teeth are easy to keep clean, as is the aligner.
Of course, because they are removable the temptation is to take them out more often than required, but for the most part we find that our patients don’t have a problem staying disciplined and wearing their aligners for the recommended time. It just becomes habit after a while.
You will need to change aligners approximately every two weeks, as the position of your teeth move. We can plan ahead but you will need to visit us every four to six weeks, slightly more frequently than with traditional braces.
To create your bespoke Invisalign aligners we will take x-rays and impressions to create a precise 3D model of your mouth. This 3D image can then be manipulated on the computer to show the exact trajectory the teeth need to move to their final position in your jaw. This allows us to plan and monitor each stage of the repositioning of your teeth to arrive at a predictably perfect smile.