A few years ago, patients who wanted to straighten their smile would need to endure months or even years of wearing visible metal brackets and wires. While metal braces are very effective in treating a wide range of dental problems, many adult patients choose not to have them, due to aesthetic concerns.
Fortunately, modern dentistry has developed a treatment that accomplishes teeth straightening gently, comfortably, and discreetly. Invisalign is an innovative treatment available at many dental practices including PDC Dental in Barnsley.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign consists of a series of virtually invisible, removable, transparent and comfortable aligners that gradually move the teeth into their right position over a specific period of time. Invisalign invisible braces are custom-made with 3D computer imaging technology that allows patients to view their own virtual treatment plan.
How does it work?
Each set of aligners should be worn for about two weeks, being removed only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As each aligner is replaced with the next in the series, teeth are slowly moving as planned. Unlike metal braces that require frequent adjustments, Invisalign invisible braces are very easy to use and do not require frequent dental visits. Total treatment time for Invisalign is usually 12 months but this will vary from patient to patient.
Benefits of Invisalign invisible braces
When compared to traditional braces, Invisalign has many benefits. The most obvious benefit that attracts many patients to Invisalign is that the aligners are transparent and discreet. In fact, most people will not even be able to tell if someone is undergoing treatment.
Additionally, Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, playing sports, or performing other activities, so patients do not need to alter their lifestyle significantly. Moreover, Invisalign invisible braces help oral hygiene significantly, since patients can brush and floss their teeth as they normal would. This way, teeth are not only straightened, but also remain clean and healthy for longer.
Am I a candidate?
Invisalign is very effective at treating overbites, crossbites, underbites as well as crowded and gapped teeth. Suitable Invisalign candidates should be at least 18 years old (although a special type of Invisalign is also available for teenagers) with no untreated cavities or gum disease.