Last Updated on January 18, 2024 by Umer Malik
Traditional metal braces have been around for as long as one can remember. They used to be the only way of correcting several dental problems, especially alignment problems. With the improvement of technology, other ways of providing the same quality of treatment have been introduced, and one of such is the use of aligners. If this is something you’re considering, check out endodontics in thousand oaks.
Invisalign is one of the systems that straighten misaligned teeth and treats several cases of dental problems without the use of traditional braces. This system generates a series of clear, plastic and customised aligners using computerised technology and 3D modelling. Due to its invisibility, they have been referred to as invisible by most patients. Getting Invisalign in London is not as complicated as you may think. All you need to do is get in touch with us. After an evaluation, you will be able to get the perfect smile you deserve with Invisalign treatment.
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Breakdown of Invisalign treatment
One of the good sides to the use of Invisalign is that it is removable. This means you can remove them at any time. However, for them to be effective in correction of dental imperfection, they must be worn for at least 22 hours daily, only to be removed during meals, when brushing and flossing.
The aligner tray comes in series, and they have to be replaced with a new one every two weeks. This means you get to visit your dentist every two weeks, the progress is evaluated, and your aligners would be taken away, only for another to be given to you. These aligners are custom made and are specifically for your teeth. You may not be able to notice, but your teeth are slowly and consistently moving into place. The total treatment time is usually from 6 months to 12 or 18 months.
What makes Invisalign better than metal braces?
Certain factors make people prefer Invisalign to the metal braces we have always known. These factors include;
This is perhaps the most important reason why people go for Invisalign instead of metal braces. Although some people still prefer metal braces for the correction of teeth alignment problems, Invisalign is more convenient for others. With Invisalign, you get to remove the aligners whenever you want to eat and drink. This means you do not have to worry about food particles and pieces getting stuck in the wires and brackets of your braces.
Also, cleaning is not a problem as they can also be removed when you want to brush or floss. With metal braces, brushing, flossing and other forms of dental hygiene are more of a problem, and as a result of this, some people would prefer not to do it, leading to bad breath and/or tooth or gum problems in the future.
If not told, one can never be able to guess that you are wearing an invisible brace. This reason has made most adults chose to have their dentition corrected because they can go about their normal daily activities without fear of being judged or noticed wearing metal braces. For the time you wear Invisalign, people would not be able to tell unless they get really close to you, or you tell them yourself.
Although you might feel slight discomfort when you start wearing an Invisalign brace for the first time, it wears out, and you settle into your new routine with ease. When you wear Invisalign braces, no pain or irritation is felt, and this means you can be comfortable until your treatment is complete. With the metal braces, most people complain of pain and irritation or inflammation in the gums due to the tightening of the bands and metals on the teeth.
There are dentists and orthodontists that have been specially certified for the Invisalign treatment process. These professionals offer a free initial consultation for people who need Invisalign. This will give them an insight into what they are working with, and they will also let you know the estimated treatment time, process and cost
Invisalign treatment procedure
- Your treatment process begins with your visit to the Invisalign certified orthodontist for the initial consultation. Here, an impression or mould of your teeth is taken, using a dental putty. Pictures of your smile and teeth are also taken from different angles
- Using a CT scanner, a 3D model of your teeth is created at the Invisalign laboratory, and the model is used to generate a simulation of the movement your teeth will make during the treatment time, from its current position to its final position. This simulation is generated using the latest patented software
- The aligners will then be created, using the simulation generated as a basis. This means the aligners created are custom made and can only be used by you. You would have to change the existing brace every two weeks so that treatment continues with each new brace
- The 3D simulation, as well as your aligners, are then sent to your dentist, who will show them to you so you can see for yourself how the treatment will go.
- Your aligners are given to you with clear instructions to wear them for 22 hours daily. Your treatment depends on your dedication to it.
- You go for checkups regularly, so the level of progress is evaluated by your dentist
Can invisalign be used for all dental problems
Although Invisalign can be used for the treatment of most dental problems like crowded teeth, gaps in teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbites and crowded teeth, there are still some dental problems that are beyond the redemption of Invisalign. In some severe cases, tooth extraction may be required, or extreme movement is necessary. In cases like this, Invisalign cannot be used.
Nevertheless, before administration of Invisalign, you would have to be evaluated by a dentist or orthodontist. They would be the one to determine whether or not you need Invisalign for your treatment.
Cost of invisalign treatment
The cost or charge of getting an Invisalign treatment is dependent on certain factors like;
- The severity of your problem
- The skills and expertise of your dentist
Before treatment begins, you will be given a breakdown of cost during your consultation. Nonetheless, treatment using Invisalign ranges from £1, 500 – £5,000.
The next thing that would perfect your dentition is sparkling white teeth. After your dentition has been corrected with the Invisalign aligner, the next step would be to whiten your teeth. We also offer this service, and previous results can testify to our excellence and expertise.
Have you thought of getting your teeth straightened? You can achieve that with Invisalign clear aligners. Visit dental clinic today for evaluation and help in getting invisible braces in London.