Many people undergo traditional orthodontic treatment as a teenager, but find that after 10 or 20 years their teeth have shifted slightly (or a lot!), and they are unhappy with the appearance of their smile or they are suffering from dental health complications. Most of the time this is because they did not wear a retainer. After straightening your teeth either with braces or orthodontic appliances, it is important that you wear a retainer to maintain the new formation of your smile. If you have undergone orthodontic treatment as a teenager and your teeth are now looking slightly less even you have the option of perfecting your smile. You need to speak to your dentist and find out about Invisalign London.
Is Invisalign suitable for you?
Invisalign is a simple and effective method of teeth straightening especially for those who have already straightened their teeth earlier on in life. To begin with you will need to speak to your dentist and talk about the issues that are affecting the alignment of your teeth, and find out if Invisalign is suitable for correcting these issues. Not everyone is a candidate for these aligners and it may be that you require a combined treatment plan, where you begin straightening your teeth with a different form of braces or appliance and move on to Invisalign later on.
Taking into consideration your goals, your dental health and your budget, if the dentist is happy that Invisalign is suitable for you then you will undergo a three-dimensional scan of your mouth and that will be used to create a set of Invisalign aligners that can help correct the misalignment issues of your teeth. Once the scan results are sent to the Invisalign laboratory you should receive your aligners within approximately three weeks.
You will be provided with a full set of aligners each of which will be numbered for your convenience. You will be given a travel case to keep your aligner safe and clean when you take it out of your mouth as the aligners are removable. This means it is highly convenient, it allows you to enjoy all your favourite meals and it also allows you to maintain good dental hygiene practices whilst undergoing the treatment. However It is important that you follow the protocol.
Each aligner needs to be worn for approximately 22 hours of the day for two weeks before you move onto the next aligner in the series. In this way each aligner should move your teeth by approximately 0.25 mm towards the target position.
The treatment should be complete within 6 to 12 months for most patients. Once you have completed wearing the aligners you need to speak to your dentist and find out about an Invisalign retainer. This needs to be worn at bedtimes so that they can hold your teeth in place whilst you sleep, helping you to maintain your beautiful new smile for the rest of your life. Speak to your dentist today and find out more about Invisalign and the many advantages that it can bring to you.