Straight teeth are easier to clean and offer many oral health benefits. In the past, having straight teeth used to be a matter of luck and genetics. Advances in dentistry have allowed more people to straighten their teeth, however, not all patients are keen on wearing metal braces. Fortunately, patients can now take advantage of Invisalign – a quick and discreet alternative to metal braces.
Invisalign is an innovative teeth-straightening treatment that uses removable aligners in order to move teeth into their correct position. It is favoured by many adults because it is discreet and requires minimal maintenance. Invisalign is widely available in many dental practices in London. Dentist Graham Tinkler, in particular, has been treating patients with Invisalign for over 10 years and, in that time, he has straightened the smiles of over 2,000 patients using Invisalign.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign consists of a series of plastic, transparent, removable aligners which are custom-made for each patient. The treatment uses 3D computer imaging technology to enable dentist Graham Tinkler to design the complete treatment plan from the beginning. Patients have to go through a series of aligners, wearing each of them for two weeks before moving to the next one in the series until the final position is achieved.
Despite being virtually invisible, Invisalign aligners work just like metal braces, moving teeth from the root applying controlled pressure. Treatment time differs for each individual, however, most patients achieve straighter teeth with Invisalign in a year or so.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign has many benefits, the most important of which is discreet treatment. This is because Invisalign is nearly invisible, therefore patients can straighten their teeth without anyone knowing. This is particularly helpful for adult professionals whose job requires coming in contact with a lot of people on a daily basis. On the other hand, Invisalign is removable and patients can eat and drink whatever they want in treatment.
At the same time, brushing and flossing have never been easier and patients do not need to change their daily oral hygiene routine. Invisalign is also comfortable. Since no brackets and wires are involved, patients are unlikely to experience mouth irritation and spend less time to the dentist overall.