Crooked teeth or misaligned teeth have been a relatively common dental problem in all age groups. There are several causes but, in most cases it is congenital. One of the major consequences of crooked teeth is that they make people feel self-conscious about their appearance and affect their self-esteem, especially amongst teens. The traditional treatment for misaligned teeth includes wearing metal braces for a prolonged period. Now, although they do resolve the problem, they are quite obvious and don’t help people with their insecurities and lack of confidence. This is where Invisalign could be the answer. It can change both your smile and your confidence.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment to straighten crooked and misaligned teeth using custom-made clear braces instead of metal ones. They cover your teeth, gently pulling them together over time. Since they are clear, they are virtually invisible when worn.
There are no metal brackets or wires with Invisalign clear braces. Unlike traditional braces, they are removable and thus are more convenient and comfortable. With Invisalign, you can eat anything, without any dietary restrictions. You just need to simply remove them, eat, brush and floss your teeth and replace your aligners.
For Which Issues Can You Use Invisalign?
Invisalign works the same as traditional metal braces and in some unique situations, they may work even better.
Invisalign helps to fix the following orthodontic issues:
- Crowded Teeth
- Gappy teeth
How Does Invisalign Work?
Treatment with Invisalign in Cardiff includes sets of clear aligners that slowly alter the position of the teeth. These aligners are custom-made to perfectly fit your teeth and you need to swap them with new ones every two weeks or so. You need to carry this on until you have a beautifully straight smile.
Invisalign treatment includes the following steps:
Step 1: Initial Consultation And Making Bite Impressions
The first step of your Invisalign treatment includes consulting with your Private dentist. He/She will suggest the type of Invisalign treatment depending upon the complexity of the issue. Your dentist will then send your bite impressions to Invisalign who will create custom aligners as per your needs. Invisalign uses 3D imaging technology to design your custom braces and they are made from BPA-free plastic.
Step 2: Beginning The Treatment With Your Custom Invisalign Trays
After sending the bite impressions, you will receive your custom Invisalign trays. You can receive them directly at your home or through your dentist. Initially, you will receive a few sets of aligners that will probably last until your next visit to your dentist.
Step 3: Follow-Up Visits
Once you start wearing your Invisalign aligners, your dentist will advise on how to use them. You will need to wear them for the maximum time possible during the day. However, you will need to remove them whilst you eat or drink anything other than water and also during your oral care routine. Each tray will need to be replaced after around two weeks. Your dentist might schedule your follow-up appointment most probably after six weeks to monitor the progress of the treatment.
Depending upon the complexity of your misalignment, your dentist will suggest the duration of the treatment. It can be anywhere between 6 to 18 months. If you need just minimal adjustments, the duration of the treatment can be much shorter. In any way, Invisalign will take only about half the time as compared to the traditional metal braces.
Benefits Of Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign treatment has come as a breakthrough when it comes to treating orthodontic issues. It has several benefits over traditional braces. Some of them are as follows:
- They are virtually invisible. Most people will not even notice that you’re wearing them.
- It’s much easier to maintain good oral hygiene with Invisalign as compared to metal braces.
- The treatment is almost painless and no recovery time is involved.
- They are much more comfortable and convenient as compared to metal braces.
- You need not follow any dietary restrictions. You just need to remove them while you eat or drink anything.
- They are quite easy to clean and maintain. You can clean your trays with your toothpaste and rinse them with water. As easy as that!
Thus, it becomes clear that Invisalign aligners are a much better alternative when it comes to correcting misaligned teeth and other related orthodontic problems. However, the treatment does warrant a frequent visit to your dentist but that is not an issue for all. Therefore, though the treatment is comparatively slightly expensive as compared to traditional braces, the benefits are totally worth it.
How Can Super Smile Dental Help?
We at Super Smile Dental have a long tally of satisfied patients whom we have treated with Invisalign treatment. We have an experienced and highly-skilled team of clinicians who will provide you with the best treatment at an affordable cost. You can be certain that you’ll be receiving the best possible care from us. We are among the most trusted dental practices in Cardiff. So if you too are looking to fix your crooked teeth or you need any other oral care services like cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening or dental implants, you can contact us directly to book your appointment on call or in person. We strive to provide a super smile to all our patients.