Traditional metal braces are riddled with problems for those who wear them. They’re uncomfortable, they can make it extremely difficult to eat certain food, they’re tricky to clean properly and some people feel it has a negative impact on their physical appearance.
Braces and other orthodontic treatments have progressed substantially in the last decade, and none are more revolutionary than the treatment from Invisalign. The treatment is a set of retainers that are replaced every two weeks, gradually adjusting the alignment of a patients’ teeth with very little discomfort – and the best part is that you can’t tell that someone is wearing them!
The process for getting fitted for Invisalign is fairly simple. Your dentist will take a scan of your teeth to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for the treatment. If you’re a suitable patient, the scans will then be run through the Invisalign system and a custom set of retainers will be created using a 3D printer.
The software used for this can actually be used to show patients the anticipated changes in tooth alignment before treatment has even begun. This can make it much easier for people to commit to the process, as the benefits are shown straight away.
Your dentist will receive your aligners and will provide you with a new one every two weeks. These fortnightly appointments will allow them to check on your progress, deal with any issues which may be arising and provide you with your next aligner. This is also an opportunity to confirm that you’re comfortable with the treatment and are happy to continue, so be sure to ask any questions you may have at these appointments.
The retainers are almost invisible, so unless someone gets in really close they’ll never be able to tell you’re having treatment. Caring for the retainers is extremely simple, and they can easily be removed to allow you to clean and floss your teeth.
The treatment is typically performed privately, and it may be quite expensive depending on how much work is involved. Typical costs in the UK are between £2500-4000, however for minor adjustments the cost is often closer to £1500.
Weighing the cost against the improvements you’ll see in our smile are obviously a highly personal decision, but it’s clear that there are numerous benefits to choosing Invisalign over traditional metal braces. They’re more comfortable, they’re effective and they’re invisible – the perfect way to straighten your teeth!