Google ‘fly’ or ‘invisible’ and a wealth of search results pop up about how whether a person would choose to fly or be invisible as a superpower reveals a lot about their personality, especially in the business world. In the world of braces, the superpower of invisibility is not imaginary, not with Invisalign in Kings Hill.
West Malling is home to several providers of this innovative treatment and in Kings Hill, Invisalign is available at One Smile Oral Care.
So how do these almost invisible braces work?
The technology behind invisible alignment
Invisalign is possible due to the invention of 3D printing. Strictly speaking Invisalign is not even a braces treatment but rather a series of clear, plastic aligners. These aligners are designed based on 3D imaging of a patient’s teeth and are 3D printed in the Invisalign laboratory in the USA.
Each aligner is custom-made with pressure points along its inner surfaces that gently nudge the teeth into straighter positions. When the patient feels the pressure wear off, it is time to move onto the next set of aligners in the series.
The clear design of Invisalign means that adult patients needn’t endure the embarrassing stares that often come with traditional fixed metal braces. This however isn’t their only advantage.
Adapting to life with Invisalign in Kings Hill
It doesn’t take long to get used to wearing Invisalign clear aligners. Their smooth design means little or no irritation against the inner surfaces of the mouth. They are also removable, so there are no food items that are off the menu as patients can simply take them out at mealtimes. The same is true when brushing or flossing, making good oral hygiene as easy as ever to maintain.
However, there are a few things Invisalign patients should pay attention to:
- aligners should be worn for at least 20-22 hours a day for treatment to be effective
- aligners should always be taken out when eating or drinking, with the exception of drinking plain water, so that they don’t discolour
- teeth should be cleaned after eating and before the aligners are put back on
aligners should be cleaned every day to remove any residue that accumulates on them.