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Unleashing your curiosity about invisible braces

Researching the brace options out there? Below, our dental team at Boston Orthodontics, provides some of the answers concerning invisible braces Wimpole Street.

Is comfort sacrificed?


Although it would be a delightful experience and in fact a dream for many to realign their teeth without an ounce of discomfort, in truth, this is unrealistic. Minimal discomfort is expected with any realignment process and invisible braces Wimpole Street are no exception. However, we would ask you to note we state ‘minimal discomfort’. When realigning the teeth, whether through the more traditional methods of pulling the teeth into a new position, or the more cosmetic aligners which push the teeth into place, it is important to know that an element of discomfort will occur. However, it should be easily handled with over-the-counter pain relief if need be. Should the discomfort be affecting everyday life and become excruciating then an emergency trip back to our dentist will be needed.


How many hours per day does the treatment need to happen?


With transparent aligners, the general guidance is to wear them for 22 hours a day, with removal solely during meal and snack times, as well as during the oral hygiene cleans. This length of time provides consistent pressure on the teeth ensuring that each step is in the right direction to a straighter smile.


It can be tempting to begin following your own plan where the aligner is out for longer periods of time, however, in truth this merely delays the end goal and greatly affects the progress.


The cleaning process


In order to keep the aligners free from food debris, it is important to remove them during meal and snack times. This ensures that no elements of food are stuck within the aligner and that they do not stay pressed against the tooth with food debris rotting away. Invisible braces Wimpole Street require a simple clean using cold water and a soft bristled toothbrush. This process helps to ensure that both the teeth and the aligners remain in excellent condition.


Avoid boiling water, mouthwashes and other ideas of grandeur when it comes to cleaning the aligners. Keep it simple and should you really need to remove some stubborn stains, use Invisalign cleaning crystals which are specifically designed for cleaning aligners.


How long can I expect to be having the treatment?


The length of time wearing invisible braces Wimpole Street is entirely monitored on a case by case process. For the milder to moderate cases, it can, depending on commitment to the plan, be completed within 3 to 6 months. However, severe cases can take anywhere up to 18 months. There are many variables to consider when looking at the length of time of the treatment, from the starting place, to the overall health of the patient, to the dedication of the said individual. Our dental team will always discuss this before you undergo treatment


Do I need regular dental appointments?


Whilst removable aligners put the control of your treatment back into your hands, a little time within the dental chair is necessary. However, this will only be to check progress and adjust the plan, so it will probably be around every 6 to 8 weeks.


There is less time spent in our dental practice and more time spent enjoying life whilst adjusting your smile with invisible braces Wimpole Street.

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