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Using Adult Invisible Braces to Straighten Teeth

There’s no denying that straighter teeth can look more attractive, and frequently orthodontic treatment is the most effective and conservative way to achieve that beautifully straight smile. Lots of people had orthodontic treatment in Newcastle when they were children, but what can you do if you didn’t have this opportunity or if you’ve seen your teeth drift out of position? The answer is quite a lot, and an increasing number of adults are now using so-called invisible braces to straighten their teeth.

Here at West Bowmanville Dentistry, we use a system called Invisalign, and you may have already heard of this product because it is popular worldwide. Invisalign is an excellent alternative to more traditional fixed metal braces and is especially suitable for adults because it is nearly invisible.

Why Choose Invisalign?
One reason why Invisalign in Clarington is so popular is that these invisible braces are super easy to use. The system uses removable clear aligners made from BPA-free plastic and which fit tightly over the teeth. Because the aligners are removable and are made from smooth plastic, they are more comfortable than traditional fixed metal braces as there are no brackets and wires to dig into your cheeks and gums.

Unlike fixed braces, you won’t need to make any significant changes to your diet or oral health routine. Usually, with fixed braces, it’s necessary to avoid specific foods including anything that is very hard, crunchy or sticky and which could break the braces or be very tricky to remove. Cleaning fixed braces need some dedication, and although there are specific tools you can use to make this task easier, it does take a little longer to complete. There are no such issues with these invisible braces as you can brush and floss normally because the aligners are removable. This makes it far easier to maintain excellent oral hygiene right throughout treatment, so there is no risk of teeth discolouring around the edge of fixed brackets.

How Does Invisalign Work?
Each aligner is specifically designed to move the teeth according to a detailed computerized treatment plan. All you need do is to make sure you wear the aligners most or all the time. Ideally, the aligners should only be taken out whenever you want something to eat, or when you brush and floss your teeth. Every two weeks you simply switch the current set of aligners for a brand-new set, and this continues until treatment is complete.

Who Should Consider Invisalign?
Invisalign is a very versatile system that can treat most orthodontic problems so it’s worth thinking about these invisible braces if you’d love a straighter smile but detest the thought of wearing highly visible fixed braces. Invisalign treatment is so discreet that it’s most likely very few people will notice your aligners. This system can also be great for people who have had an orthodontic relapse, where they may have completed orthodontic treatment as a child but have seen their teeth move with age, perhaps because they haven’t won their retainers as directed. Invisalign can be an excellent choice for anyone with crooked front teeth but whose bite is generally good, as there is a cosmetic version of this brace that concentrates on only removing the front teeth and which can be even faster than the standard Invisalign treatment, taking only a matter of a few months.

How Long is Treatment?
Usually, most people will complete Invisalign treatment in Courtice within a year, but this can vary according to the nature of the problems requiring correction. Afterwards, you will need to wear retainers, but these are made from the same clear plastic as the aligners and are very easy to use.

To discover if Invisalign invisible braces could help you, why not contact our dental office for an initial consultation?


Jan 25, 2019 by
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