Invisalign is a type of brace that has become the option of choice for many people. Invisible braces Clapham are easy to wear, very subtle and usually deliver results much faster than other means of correcting misaligned teeth. This is an explanation of what the treatment involves and how it can help improve the habits and lifestyles of many patients.
What are invisible braces?
Invisible braces are unlike the usual metal braces that were once the only option for straightening teeth. Instead of wires running across the teeth and permanently being held in place by brackets for the duration of treatment, Invisalign is composed of two trays that can be slipped over the teeth.
The trays are also called aligners, and they are completely transparent, which makes them virtually unnoticeable to other people. Aligners are created on an individual basis to fit each patient accurately and are swapped for a new set every couple of weeks as the teeth begin to move into the desired positions.
Encourage good oral care
Patients who go through the trouble to get their teeth straightened are usually quite well motivated to keep them clean and debris-free. Aligners can be removed before meals, and the patient is then required to brush their teeth as thoroughly as possible before putting their aligners back in. This often means that the patient takes even better care of their teeth than before, and it is a habit that is usually continued after the treatment has been completed.
Any patient who wishes to embark on treatment with clear braces is encouraged to stop smoking before they get started. Having straight teeth that are healthy with fresh breath is often enough motivation for many patients to break the smoking habit.
Those patients who do not manage to eliminate cigarettes entirely are usually able to limit their smoking to after meals before the aligners are put back in. It is in fact important that they do this because smoking with the aligners in is likely to make them stained due to the nicotine, and this could result in them no longer being invisible.
Help prevent snacking
Many people find that they have developed a habit of snacking throughout the day. However, if this was done during the Invisalign treatment, the patient would have to remove their aligners very often. If the treatment is to deliver the best results, then the aligners should be worn for around 22 hours per day.
This means that the committed patient has a limited window for consuming meals and snacks, and this can help them to develop greater self-discipline when it comes to limiting unnecessary foods like crisps and chocolate. The result of this can be that the patient finds it easier to achieve and maintain a healthier weight.
Making better beverage choices
It is recommended that the only beverage that should be consumed while wearing the aligners is water. This can help the patient to limit unhealthy fizzy drinks and stain-inducing coffee, red wine and so on and establish a healthy habit of mostly drinking only water.