Want to learn about invisible braces? A brief guide from Boston Orthodontics
When you are an adult who has misaligned teeth, it can make for a slightly embarrassing situation when meeting new people, taking selfies or just taking part in photos.
In years gone by, for all adult patients who had misaligned teeth, the only option was to wear metal or orthodontic braces, even if the misalignment was minor.
Today, there are many more orthodontic options available to adult dental patients, including clear braces and invisible aligners. As you can tell from their names, these appliances offer the same treatment options as many fitted metal braces, they are just a lot more discreet!
At Boston Orthodontics, we are proud of the range of braces and aligners that we can offer our patients. We have helped countless adults achieve the smile that they have always wanted using invisible braces Wimpole Street, so if you are tired of hiding your teeth in group photos, contact us today for a suitability assessment for invisible or clear braces!
In this article, we want to focus on the most popular of all of our invisible braces Wimpole Street; Invisalign. Here, our team provides a brief guide about these aligners so you can decide if they are right for you.
How does the aligner work?
These invisible braces Wimpole Street realign your smile by being custom-fitted and applying pressure to your teeth to move them.
Unlike regular braces which use force and pulling to realign your teeth, Invisalign gently pushes on your teeth to obtain the desired position. Of course, for this aligner to work, you will have to pass a suitability assessment, as they are best suited for correcting mild and moderate misalignments.
How long will the aligner take to straighten my teeth?
This will depend on the severity of your misalignment, but generally speaking Invisalign takes on average 3-6 months to straighten teeth.
Remember, you will have to keep this removable aligner in your mouth to stay on track with treatment deadlines, so try to refrain from removing it except when absolutely necessary.
Is it uncomfortable?
Sadly, there is no such thing as a completely comfortable brace or aligner.
However, Invisalign has been described by many of its users as more comfortable than they had thought possible and, when compared by those who have also worn metal braces, patients have stated any discomfort with the aligner was barely noticeable. So, that's reassuring!
How do I take care of them?
Invisalign is easy to care for. As they are removable, you can clean them by running them under a cold tap to remove any food debris. Do not use hot water as this can warp the plastic and do not use mouthwashes to clean them, as this can stain the plastic.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove stubborn food particles if needed.
Will I need a retainer?
Yes, you will.
After they have been moved, teeth like trying to get back into their former positions (which can undo a great deal of work), so you will need to wear a retainer.