Misaligned teeth is a common problem faced by the majority of people and is an issue that is often tackled in adolescence. However some people may avoid or delay getting their teeth straightened until later on in their lives and then not be too keen about having metal braces fixed on to their teeth in order to straighten them. You may find them unsightly, or you may be searching for a more subtle alternative due to professional work. Fortunately, with Invisalign in Glasgow you can achieve the same results as braces without the need of having unappealing metal wires permanently fixed onto your teeth for what may seem an endless amount of time.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are transparent and removable braces that are made of plastic which are designed to be ‘invisible’ when worn. They work in the same way as traditional braces by applying pressure to your teeth causing them to move from their original position and align together over time.
What are the benefits of choosing Invisalign?
There has been a drastic rise in the popularity of getting Invisalign which can only be due to the endless benefits they come with. Some of these benefits include:
- Transparency – Invisalign aligners are made of a clear plastic making them almost invisible when they are worn unlike traditional braces. This makes Invisalign a perfect choice for adults who may have postponed getting braces in their teenage years or those who want a more subtle look for work purposes.
- Removable – Unlike metal braces that are bonded to your teeth and can only be removed by your orthodontist, Invisalign aligners are removable which makes it easier for you to eat food and drink.
- Better oral hygiene –as Invisalign aligners are removable, it is easier to brush and floss your teeth properly with nothing getting in the way. This can avoid staining and the build-up of plaque due to improper brushing.
- Boost in self-confidence – having uneven or crowded teeth can have a knock on your confidence making you feel self-conscious about your appearance, but with the help of aligners, your teeth can become straight thereby improving your overall appearance.
What issues does Invisalign help resolve?
Invisalign works to solve a number of dental issues that can make your teeth appear irregular and sometimes even unsightly; these include:
- Crooked/uneven teeth
- overbites and underbites
- crowded teeth
If you think you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned above, consult your dentist so that they can confirm whether Invisalign would be a treatment that you could potentially benefit from.
What does the Invisalign process entail?
The process of getting Invisalign aligners is simple in comparison to having metal braces fitted in or having any other teeth straightening dental procedure carried out.
When getting Invisalign aligners, your dentist or orthodontist will first carry out a thorough examination of your teeth to ensure your teeth will actually benefit from the Invisalign treatment. This examination involves a physical examination of your teeth and mouth and the dentist will also take a range of 3D scans of your mouth and teeth so that they can build a set of custom-made aligners tailored for your teeth by anticipating how the alignment of your teeth will progress over the course of the treatment.
The aligners are changed every two to eight weeks and a new set of aligners are worn to fit the changing positions of your teeth throughout the course of the treatment. Once the aligners are produced and arrive, your dentist will check to see if the initial set of aligners fit comfortably on top of your natural teeth. If so, you will be advised to wear the aligners for twenty-two hours of the day and to only remove them when eating, drinking, or brushing and flossing your teeth so that they can give you maximum results.
How soon can I see results?
If they are worn in the correct manner, changes from wearing Invisalign aligners can usually be felt within the first three months and can be seen within six months of beginning the treatment. The length of the treatment is usually dependent on each individual case with most treatments taking twelve months to complete.
While the results of Invisalign are considered to be permanent, we must stress that the effects must be maintained which can only be achieved by wearing retainers after the treatment is complete to ensure your teeth remain straight and do not begin to shift out of place again. For information on what type of retainers are available, speak to your dentist at your final appointment.