Straightening teeth has come a long way from what people have come to expect from orthodontic treatment. No longer is it necessary for patients to endure a set of metal tracks for 2 years in order to get a beautiful smile, now treatment only lasts a few months and no one can even see that there is anything going on inside the mouth, which makes this an ideal solution for adults who want to fix misalignment as well as teens who prefer to have clear aligners instead of traditional braces.
Invisalign in St. John’s Wood can offer a confident smile even throughout treatment. A confidence that grows the straighter a patient’s teeth become, but is straightening crooked teeth all it’s good for? Or can it do more:
Overcrowding – some people have crooked teeth because of overcrowding, this can be due to the wisdom teeth pushing the other teeth out of alignment, in this case, those wisdom teeth will need to be removed before an aligning treatment can be made.
Spaces and gaps – some people have gaps between their teeth, this can be found in both the tops and bottom arches and people may feel very self-conscious about it, a set of clear aligners can close these gaps by gently pushing the teeth into the correct position over time.
Malocclusions – also known as bite problems can come in the form of an overbite, underbite, or crossbite and may cause some serious issues with the jaw later in life, these problems can be altered with Invisalign treatments.
After taking a 3D digital scan of a patient’s mouth, a dentist will be able to show the patient a computer-generated simulation of how their teeth will shift over the course of treatment and what the final result will be. This simulation is then sent to a lab where custom aligners are 3D printed for the patient. Each aligner follows the last so it is important that the patient changes aligners every 1-2 weeks, this can be done at home and does not require multiple trips to the dentist. There are multiple treatment options available depending on the severity of the problem:
Invisalign Express – this is for mild tooth misalignment and only requires 7 aligners for treatment to be complete.
Invisalign Light – is also for very uncomplicated cases and 14 aligners are used over the course of 4 months in order to complete treatment.
Invisalign Comprehensive – this can be used for severe cases where orthodontic work is intensive and, depending on the individual treatments, can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months.
Straightening the teeth is not only key to a more confident and beautiful smile, it helps create a good first impression no matter where patients find themselves. It is also a path to better overall health as they are easier to clean properly and a clean mouth that is free from infection can make teeth last longer as well as keep the body healthy.