Adult braces are growing in popularity in many areas of the UK, including in West Malling. Invisalign is one method of teeth straightening that is particularly popular with older patients.
Practices such as One Smile Oral Care are working with patients to straighten their smile with Invisalign in West Malling, discreet and comfortable braces.
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign system was developed 20 years ago. The product first became available to dentists in 1999 and has been growing in popularity since. To date, 4 million patients worldwide have used it.
One reason is that these braces are clear – they can’t be seen apart from very close up. Patients report that they still feel able to laugh and smile while wearing them, without feeling self-conscious.
These clear, plastic aligners fit snugly over the teeth and gums like a mouth guard and are also removable. They can be taken out for cleaning and eating and also for an hour or two for a special occasion. This is of great benefit to patients who have a high public profile, make regular presentations as part of their work or have a busy social life.
How does it work?
The dentist takes a 3D image of the patient’s teeth and uses this to map out the treatment plan for Invisalign in West Malling. Using digital imaging, it’s possible to see the final position of the teeth – meaning that the patient can see the end result before even putting on a brace.
The dentist then sends this digital map to the Invisalign technicians in the US who custom-make a series of aligners, which cover the whole course of treatment. The patient wears each set for 7-10 days then swaps them for the next one in the series.
How long does it take?
It is a little quicker than traditional wire and bracket braces – it takes 9-18 months, depending on the severity of the misalignment. Not all cases are suitable for treatment with Invisalign in West Malling. As with any dental work, it’s important for patients to find a dentist with an established track record in the procedure to get the best care possible.