Crooked and crowded teeth are common in the UK. One in three adolescents needs their teeth straightened, although many younger and older patients can also benefit from orthodontic treatment. Many options are available for orthodontic treatment, one of which is Invisalign.
Here are some facts from Aesthetic-Smiles.co.uk that you should know about Invisalign.
What is it?
Invisalign is a product name for clear aligners. It uses patented software to produce a series of plastic aligners customised for a particular patient. The aligners move the teeth a little at a time to the ideal position provided the patient uses the aligners as instructed by the dentist. In most cases, you will have to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day. It is not the only one of its kind, but it is the first one to be commercially available.
Who can benefit from Invisalign?
Invisalign is ideal for patients that do not want to wear conventional metal brackets or wires. Aligners are a type of 'invisible' braces in the sense that they are not immediately obvious from a distance. Most people that choose Invisalign are adults. It is effective for the treatment of slight to moderate irregularity of the teeth, and may be more expensive than conventional braces. It may also work for people with straightened teeth that relapsed. Your dentist will advise you if Invisalign will work in your case.
How long does it take?
Invisalign treatment can range from 12 months to 36 months, depending on the case. Generally, the treatment period is the same as with conventional braces. It can cause some discomfort, which may cause some patients to wear it less than they should. This can increase the treatment period. You will still have to wear a retainer. The last aligner in the set may serve as a retainer in many cases.
Invisalign is a good option for many adults and some teenagers. Your dentist should have the proper training to prescribe Invisalign. Ask your dentist about it.