Over the last few decades, orthodontics has advanced at a rapid pace and one of the most exciting developments has been the introduction of invisible braces. With systems, such as Invisalign, we can now give our patients amazing smiles using braces that are virtually invisible when you smile. This is brilliant news for patients who are image-conscious and those who have been putting off treatment because they didn’t want the hassle or stress if wearing visible braces.
Invisalign is a clear brace system, which offers a really discreet alternative to fixed braces. With this system, there are no brackets and bands; patients wear a series of custom-made, clear plastic appliances, which align the teeth for a perfect looking smile.
Treatment is planned in advance and each aligner is created individually; the aligners work as a series and they must be worn in order. The duration of treatment varies according to the patient’s needs; the number of aligners differs but each aligner is worn for 2 weeks. The aligners should be worn for at least 21 hours per day to ensure the best results; they should be taken out when you eat and clean your teeth.
Invisalign provides a solution to many common orthodontic problems, including crowding, spaces between the teeth and crooked teeth and it is suitable for many patients. The benefits of Invisalign are clear to see: the braces are virtually invisible, the process is simple and you can enjoy more freedom than fixed brace affords; however, this treatment is among the most expensive options and sometimes, aligners are not the ideal treatment choice.
If for any reason, Invisalign is not the best treatment for you, we have many other systems available and we can guide you through the different processes and help you to choose a more suitable solution for your needs.
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