Why is Everyone Wearing Braces?

These days it seems like everyone is wearing braces in St John’s Wood. Well, not everyone exactly, but so many more adults are having their teeth straightened than 10 or 20 years ago. In fact, it’s even more than most people are aware of because braces in the 21st century are so discreet that some brands go unnoticed on their owners’ teeth.

Discretion is the name of the game when it comes to braces in St John’s Wood for adults. Most dentists, such as Aura Dental offer a range of straightening systems, but let’s take a look at one system that has revolutionised braces since it was introduced at the start of the millennium.


Instead of brackets fixed to the teeth strung together with wires that use a pulling force, Invisalign uses rigid, 0.3 millimetre thick, plastic aligners that push the teeth. Invisalign aligners come in an incremental series of mouth guard-like snap on aligners. The first almost fits the patient’s current misaligned teeth, but the pressure is deliberate and will push the teeth ever so slightly along their route to alignment. Each aligner takes about 2 weeks to do its work, and when the pressure has worn off, it’s on to the next one. Most people will wear between 12–48 aligners and take about a year to get their teeth straightened.

This way of straightening teeth has proved incredibly popular, with over 4 million people choosing Invisalign since it was first introduced. One of the reasons is that the aligners are removable, so there are no restrictions on what patients can eat and keeping both aligners and teeth clean is pretty straightforward.

The aligners do, however, have to be worn for at least 20 hours a day in order to stay on alignment schedule. So, patients need to be disciplined. That said, blogs have been written about how some patients have inadvertently lost weight because they have had to cut out mindless snacking and coffee drinking at work.

Invisalign dentists usually offer a free consultation for this kind of braces in St John’s Wood, so it’s easy to find out if they are the right treatment.