A modern and highly successful method of teeth straightening which is being used by millions of patients across the world is Invisalign Hertfordshire. In just over 24 years, Invisalign Hertfordshire has already helped correct more than 14 million smiles of patients of all ages in several countries worldwide. Invisalign Hertfordshire is preferred by many to traditional braces because it offers comfort, convenience and discretion.
Invisalign Hertfordshire uses clear thermoplastic aligners to straighten your teeth in comparison to traditional braces which use metal wires and brackets that are fixed in your mouth. This means that they should be more comfortable to wear with less chance of developing any cuts or sores inside your mouth. Invisalign aligners can be taken out of your mouth and replaced when you are eating, drinking or cleaning your teeth.
This offers convenience, allowing you to eat and drink all your favourite foods without having to worry about damaging your braces. They also allow you to clean your teeth thoroughly which is not always possible with traditional braces so there is less chance of developing underlying conditions such as cavities, tooth decay or gum disease whilst undergoing the treatment process. Above all, people prefer Invisalign because as the name suggests, the aligners are almost invisible when they are in your mouth.
How does Invisalign work?
You need to speak to your dentist and find out if Invisalign is suitable for you. This includes undergoing a full examination of your teeth and gums to make sure that they are clean and healthy and that there are no underlying dental issues otherwise they will have to be addressed before you can begin straightening your teeth. Your dentist will put together a treatment plan for you.
You may also need to visit the hygienist to have any plaque or tartar removed from your teeth. An intraoral scan will be taken of your mouth which is used to show you how your teeth can look after you have straightened them with Invisalign. If you are happy with the possible outcome then your scan results will be used to design a sequence of aligners that will push your teeth into a neatly aligned formation.
Once the aligners are ordered you should receive them within two or three weeks. You will be invited to the dental practice where small attachments will be placed onto the surface of your teeth that grip the aligners and allow better tooth movement. The number of attachments that you need depend on your individual dental needs. After the initial fitting most of the process can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.
You need to visit the dentist after every three or four aligners just to make sure that the process is coming along successfully. Depending on how crooked or wonky your teeth are to begin with, some patients can straighten their teeth in as little as six months with Invisalign.
If your teeth are more crooked or wonky than others, the process can take 1 to 2 years to complete. Your dentist will then advise you to wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful smile and prevent any relapse which can occur after teeth straightening.