The way in which your dentist can help you look after your teeth has changed over the years as modern dentistry has grown and evolved. There are numerous options at your disposal to help you improve your smile and one particular treatment that’s become fairly common throughout practices is the use of Invisalign in Weybridge.
What is it?
For those that are not familiar with this procedure, here’s a little background information to get everyone up to speed. This treatment involves the wearing of a custom fitted see-through brace that uses a gentle amount of pressure placed directly against crooked teeth to straighten them out.
It usually takes around 12 months or so for this process to complete and during this time you may need to wear a further series of braces that are angled slightly differently, to continue the realignment in the right direction.
What does the process involve?
Having these invisible braces fitted is actually quite an interesting and almost science-fictional experience in a way! Your dentist will normally bring you in for a consultation meeting first, then a series of scans will be taken of the area using LEDs or laser imaging, the purpose of which is to digitally map out your mouth.
A 3D image will then be created and your dentist will use this diagram to show you how they will go about realigning your teeth and what your finished smile will look like. This data is then sent off to a laboratory that will produce your braces, ready for you to start wearing.
It’s a very simple, fast and efficient process that won’t delay you too long, so you can get back to the rest of your day.
Are there advantages?
Having this treatment performed does come with a range of benefits for you.
For a start, the braces are see-through which renders them borderline invisible to the naked eye, so you won’t have to feel too worried about how you look whilst wearing them out and about.
The braces are also removable, so you can pop them out for brushing your teeth, cleaning the appliance, eating meals or if there’s any discomfort and you want a break. Although if you plan on taking it out try to limit it to only a short while as the brace must be in place at least 22 hours a day to ensure an uninterrupted realignment.
Looking after your brace is surprisingly very easy, but sadly some people still struggle with a good brace cleaning routine and this can negatively impact the treatment if you’re not careful.
Generally, it’s advised that you rinse the appliance whenever it’s removed to clear out any dried saliva or plaque that could cause bacteria to build up. You should also be cleaning it at least once every other day with a diluted mixture of cleaning solution and water lightly scrubbed over its surface with a toothbrush. Then just leave it to dry in a hard container to keep it sterile and safe from any potential damage.
Hopefully this has helped cleared up a few things about this treatment. If you’re interested in seeing how a realignment can help you, just ask at your local practice to see what they can offer with these high-tech invisible braces!