If you’ve always been dissatisfied with how straight your teeth are – hating the fact that they’re crooked, overcrowded or protruding – but have put up with them that way because you didn’t want to go through the stress and inconvenience of a year or more wearing unsightly metal braces, then Invisalign might just be the answer to your prayers. Dubbed ‘invisible braces’, the Invisalign system of clear plastic retainers actually lives up to this impressive description, and is able to shift your teeth into the right position in a manner which is effective and convenient, whilst being all but unnoticeable as far as the rest of the world is concerned. If your orthodontist feels that you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign treatment then they will take a cast of your teeth and this, together with x-rays and/or 3D scanning, will be used by a specialist laboratory to create bespoke Invisalign retainers which will slot easily over your teeth. Having slotted into place they can just as quickly and simply be removed when you want to eat and drink or when you have to clean your teeth. Over the course of the treatment, your retainer will be replaced every two weeks or so, each new retainer gradually shifting your teeth further along the road toward being in just the right position. The Health Benefits of Straight Teeth It’s easy to assume that the main advantages of having your teeth straightened are that your smile will look a lot better and you will feel much more relaxed and confident when interacting with the outside world. The truth of the matter, however, is that there are in fact concrete positive health advantages to be gained from your teeth being in just the right position, and some of these advantages are: Your gums will be healthier if your teeth aren’t crooked or overcrowded. Mis-aligned teeth can put extra pressure on your gums when you bite, making it far more likely that pockets will open up along the gum line, greatly increasing the threat of periodontal disease. Invisalign will shift your teeth back into the right position, thus shielding your gums from the risk of this problem. Traditional braces make it very difficult to maintain your normal oral health regime. The brackets and wires make it far more likely that food debris will catch, gather and stay in the mouth, thus increasing the chances of plaque build-up and the decay and other problems this encourages. Invisalign, on the other hand, can be easily removed and then replaced twice a day, thus allowing patients to maintain their existing dental hygiene regime. There’s much more to a healthy smile than simply looking your best and feeling able to relax and speak and laugh without embarrassment. Survey after survey has highlighted a link between conditions such as periodontal diseases and serious medical problems like heart disease and strokes, whilst being able to eat the widest possible range of foods, without having to avoid those which less than healthy teeth can’t cope with, will enable you to maintain the wide and varied diet which is vital to staying healthy. It’s clear then that looking after your teeth, which includes ensuring your bite meets in a true and even manner, is a vital part of looking after yourself in general.
Conditions Treatable with Invisalign Put simply, Invisalign braces will shift your teeth until your smile is as straight and even as it should be, and in practice this means dealing with a combination of the following problems:
There are two conclusions to be drawn from all of the above. Firstly, that having your teeth straightened is beneficial to your dental health, your overall physical health and your sense of confidence and well-being, and secondly, that Invisalign braces offer a means of achieving straight teeth which is easily achievable and fits perfectly within a busy 21st century life. No matter how old or young you are, a straightening system which is bespoke, lightweight, unobtrusive and convenient will help you to achieve the smile you always wanted with the minimum of disruption. Pay a visit to your nearest Perfect Smile clinic today to learn how you can keep smiling with Invisalign invisible braces treatment. Words: 1002