Perfectly straight teeth can not only enhance your smile and improve your self-confidence; it can also prevent many dental problems. Misaligned teeth, also known as ‘malocclusion’ in medical terms, can cause several oral and dental problems including but not limited to periodontal (gum) diseases and bad breath. Straightening teeth can provide a number of benefits including improved oral hygiene, less wear and tear of your teeth due to reduced clenching and grinding and decreased chances of contracting gum diseases.
With the many advances in cosmetic dentistry, today, orthodontists can recommend a wide range of teeth straightening options – from metal braces, ceramic supports, lingual braces and clear aligners - depending on individual requirements and preferences. Invisalign is one such option. Invisalign is a clear aligner that is near invisible, unobtrusive and unlike conventional braces, does not use brackets and wires for straightening your teeth making these not only a stylish but also a comfortable alternative. These fit snugly onto your teeth.
Invisalign works by mimicking the actions of conventional braces in that they gently nudge your teeth into position straightening them over time. Typically, Invisalign aligners are manufactured in a way that these are slightly straighter than your teeth. This mismatch results in an applied pressure on your teeth making them shift incrementally and over time, your teeth will position themselves to match the aligner. Invisalign aligners are designed to exert just the correct amount of force on your teeth at the right place at the right time.
Invisalign pros and cons
o Invisible and removable.
o No discomfort from metal brackets or wires.
o No worries about food getting caught around the edges.
o Some people could experience slight discomfort due to subtle tooth movements.
o Invisalign braces have to be removed before eating.
o Brushing is necessary after each meal to prevent staining and discoloration.
For the best results, Invisalign aligners need to have maximum contact with your teeth that, is they have to be worn daily for as long as possible. Dentists recommend wearing these for 22 hours daily for the duration of your treatment. Each set of Invisalign aligners is worn for 1-2 weeks at a time and requires a visit to your Invisalign specialist in Milton Keyes once every 6-10 weeks. This is to ensure treatment progresses smoothly and as planned.
While Invisalign has their pros and cons, the choice of using these either could be specifically recommended by an Invisalign specialist in Milton Keynes depending upon the severity of your condition and other dental factors after a thorough dental examination and assessment. If you need help determining Invisalign aligners are the right choice for you, our team of experienced and qualified orthodontists will be happy to help.