Straightening out your options
When most people think of orthodontics, they tend to limit what they imagine purely to traditional, metal braces that are bonded to the patient’s teeth.
However, in truth, these sorts of braces are just one option. Most dental practices today provide patients with a choice of alternative cosmetic solutions – such as Invisalign Weybridge – which are specifically made to have little to no impact on how a patient looks.
The Invisalign retainer system is a revolutionary cosmetic alternative to traditional braces for those who don’t know. It was first launched on the global market in 2001, and since then has grown to be one of the world’s most popular cosmetic orthodontic treatments.
How does Invisalign work?
Traditional braces generally work by attaching brackets to each tooth which are then connected with a metal or plastic wire, this wire applies tension which gradually moves all of the teeth together.
Invisalign on the other hand operates through entirely different means. Rather than attaching brackets to a patient’s teeth, the Invisalign method consists only of a plastic dental retainer.
These retainers are custom made for each patient from a mould or impression of their unique tooth shape. Within the internal structure of these retainers the orthodontist places pressure points that force specific teeth into their proper positions over time.
Why get Invisalign?
Although conventional braces are a tried and tested way of correcting crooked teeth, they are often not the kindest to the patient’s outward appearance.
This, in turn, has steered a lot of people away from getting the orthodontic help they need, because they do not want to have to wear metallic or clearly-visible braces for the duration of treatment.
The Invisalign method however is designed to leave little to no impact on how a patient looks, as each retainer is made from a wafer-thin and totally transparent plastic – meaning it becomes almost totally invisible when worn.
Below are some of the most commonly cited advantages to choosing Invisalign.
One of the most common problems that patients have with traditional braces (apart from the cosmetic implication) is that they have a tendency to rub against the patient’s gums and cause discomfort. As the Invisalign retainer system isn’t attached to the patient’s teeth in any way, it is typically considered to be a far more comfortable way of correcting crooked or poorly aligned teeth.
Another advantage the Invisalign retainer has, that not many other forms of orthodontics can offer, is that the retainer can be removed whenever the patient feels like it. This gives the patient total control over when they carry out their treatment, such as opting to only wear their retainer when they are asleep or at home – or taking it out before a photograph, interview or meal.
How do I get Invisalign?
For those who feel that the straightness of their teeth could be improved through the discreetly covert nature of the Invisalign retainer system, doing so is easier than you may imagine.
The first stage in getting the help you need starts with having a consultation with a trusted, local practitioner. By doing this they can assess your eligibility and dental health, before getting you on the road towards a straighter, healthier smile.