Straightening crooked teeth used to be one of the most complex, lengthy and difficult treatments a patient could access from their dentist. Whilst shifting the position of your teeth in the jawbone may well still require many months of treatment, the treatment itself is nothing like as invasive and difficult as it used to be. In some cases this is because the design of metal braces has shifted to include far lighter and more user friendly options, but for many other patients it is because they can opt to access Invisalign braces at a price which is eminently affordable.
Invisalign braces are the modern answer to the problems of crooked or misaligned teeth. Many people feel wary of wearing braces because they worry about how unappealing such appliance will be. Invisalign braces, on the other hand, are often referred to as ‘invisible braces’ and with very good reason. They are made of lightweight, transparent plastic and take the form of custom made retainers which slot easily on and off the teeth. They are so unobtrusive that nobody will even know you’re wearing them and if you need to eat and drink you can simply take them off and put them back on again. Every couple of weeks you’ll return to your orthodontist to be fitted with the next set of retainers and, over time, these devices will gradually and naturally shift the position of your teeth, whilst allowing you to get on with the rest of your life. The fact that such braces don’t interfere with your hobbies or social life means that they are especially popular amongst younger people, leading to the launch of Invislaign Teen, especially designed for people who haven’t quite got all of their mature teeth through yet.
Although the system is highly convenient and effective as it is, the good news is that scientists are not resting on their laurels and are working on making Invisalign even more effective and comfortable. At the forefront of this work is the development of a new material from which to construct the braces. This new substance is called ‘Smarttrack’ and it is the first change since the braces were launched in 1999. The main advantages of Smarttrack is that it takes the best points of the existing materials and extends them even further – thus it is even thinner, clearer, softer and smoother. What this means in theory is that it will achieve exactly the same impressive results whilst being even more comfortable to wear for the patient.
Other improvements being made to Invisalign braces are slightly more technical in nature and deal with complex orthodontic issues such as closing open bites and ‘rotating’ individual teeth. As a patient, however, the change you’ll notice is that your Invisalign braces impact even less on the rest of your life than they used to while, at the end of the treatment, you’ll still have the straight and even smile you were looking for.