So, it may sound a little bit of a paradox to describe teeth straightening as ‘exciting’, but in lockdowns it perhaps isn’t such a stretch, right? But even without a global pandemic lowering the bar for exciting opportunities (like getting out to the supermarket to stock up on non-essential-but-is-essential-bubblebath is up there as the new version of booking in for a spa break, for example), improving the appearance of misaligned teeth can be a major goal for many people.
However, some goals can feel like mountains that have to be climbed and, even for the most tenacious person, the thought of wearing visible metal braces can be off-putting. This is why Invisalign is rather compelling for those who are reluctant to take the plunge into realigning their teeth, as well as those who want to grab the hiking boots and go (metaphorically speaking, of course!)
What’s all the fuss about?
Invisalign is a clear brace system that involves the use of clear plastic aligners which are removable. There are two huge benefits for patients in this last sentence, which savvy readers may have already detected, but if not it simply means that you will be able to wear the aligners without people noticing that you are wearing them (unless they like staring very closely at your teeth for a very long time!) The other major benefit is that you can choose to remove the aligners whenever you need to. Many patients choose to remove aligners when they are eating and drinking, which allows you to continue to eat and drink normally and it also means that you can brush and floss as normal.
Invisalign is also bespoke fitted to your mouth through the use of iTero technology. The iTero scan takes measurements of your mouth so that your aligners can be made-to-measure your mouth precisely and sit comfortably on your gum line. The scan also creates a 3D animation of how your teeth will appear after treatment, affording you a glimpse into the future that Marty McFly would have gone wild for (if you’re younger than an 80s child, check this out with your parents!)
Invisalign helps to realign mild to moderate alignment issues such as cross-bite, over and underbite, crowded teeth, gap teeth and open bite to name but a few. All prospective patients need to have an initial consultation with their dentist to explore if this is the best course of treatment for their individual needs, but for those who are eligible, Invisalign offers a quick and efficient way of realigning teeth without needing to visit the dentist more than absolutely necessary. Most patients are offered checkups every 6 weeks on average and they are provided with sets of aligners to change between on a weekly basis in between. This means that there is less hassle and less need to take time off school or work to visit the dentist. The aligners are also very difficult to break and so there shouldn’t be as much need for any emergency appointments either – result!
If you want to avoid dental issues associated with misaligned teeth, why not get excited about finding out how you can realign your teeth with Invisalign and get ready to join the Invisalign party?