For adults seeking straighter teeth, there are more discreet and relatively quick methods now available. One method is called Invisalign. It uses transparent plastic aligners to move the teeth into healthier positions. For dental professionals like Vogue Dental Care in Luton, Invisalign is a popular treatment that helps people to improve their oral health without attracting the embarrassment of highly visible fixed metal braces.
Efficiently achieving neatness
Each course of Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation. The dentist takes a detailed impression of the teeth and uses a computer to produce a series of precision-moulded clear plastic aligners. The patient will then wear one of these aligners for around 2 weeks, before they move on to the next one. As each aligner is a slightly different shape, over time the patient’s teeth are guided into their new, improved positions.
The aligners can be removed at mealtimes and during the oral care routine, and their transparent plastic material means they’re much less visible than more traditional forms of teeth straightening appliances.
During a course of Invisalign in Luton, the patient may need as few as a dozen different aligners to wear, or as many as 48. The overall treatment time will therefore vary, but the accurate computer-aided planning behind it all means that the teeth will be moved into their new positions more quickly than they might have been by traditional methods. The average treatment time is between 9 and 15 months.
After the treatment, the patient may need to wear a retainer at night, to help the teeth stay in their new positions.
For people in Luton, Invisalign brings health benefits as well as cosmetic ones. Straighter teeth are better looking, but they are also easier to keep clean because there are fewer awkward spaces in which food debris can hide and plaque can build up. So the risk of bad breath and gum disease is reduced.
Plus, better teeth alignment means that the jaw is under less strain. When the teeth are in the right place and pointing the right way, there is less risk of damage and the patient can bite and chew more efficiently.