Patients interested in avoiding the discomfort and inconvenience of metal braces has a pain free and convenient alternative available to them. Invisalign allows for teeth straightening through the use of clear plastic aligners, rather than metal brackets. The Smile Centre offers clear braces & Invisalign in Manchester to create beautiful smiles for our patients.
Invisalign Can Correct Many Problems
- Crowded teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Cross bite
Advantages of Invisalign
Metal braces are known for the discomfort caused to patients. Invisalign aligners are made using a smooth, clear plastic, so they are more comfortable for the patient. The aligners won’t scrape the inside of the mouth or cause ulcers to form on the inner cheek. In fact, most people do not feel the aligners at all.
If you have been avoiding braces because you hate the look of the metal brackets, this treatment program offers the advantage of straightening your teeth without changing your appearance. Because the aligners are clear and fitted to your natural teeth, Invisalign aligners are hardly noticeable to others. Most people won’t even see them on your teeth.
Invisalign is more convenient for eating and oral hygiene. When wearing traditional braces, there is a list of foods that cannot be eaten. Even brushing and flossing your teeth is more challenging with metal braces. When you straighten your teeth with Invisalign, the aligners are removed for eating and brushing your teeth. You can enjoy all your favorite foods and clean your teeth as you normally would.
The Treatment Process
Your Manchester dentist will take impressions of your teeth, which are used to plan the treatment process and create custom aligners to fit over your teeth. A series of aligners is created to apply the right amount of pressure in specific areas to suit your specific needs. This allows the aligners to gradually and gently shift your teeth from their current position to the optimal position.
About every two weeks, you will switch to the next aligner in the series to gradually move the teeth into the correct position. The specifics of your treatment plan and length of time that treatment is needed will depend on what needs to be corrected. Periodically, you will visit your dentist to evaluate your progress and make any needed adjustments to the treatment plan.
When you have finished wearing all the aligners in the series, your Invisalign treatment will be complete. As with traditional braces, patients must wear retainers to lock the teeth in place and prevent them from shifting to their previous position. The retainers are made from the same soft, clear plastic as the aligners, so you can wear them without anyone noticing.
Although Invisalign can be used to correct many problems, it may not be appropriate for every problem. If you are interested in straightening your teeth with this method, the first step is to have your teeth evaluated by a qualified dentist with training in Invisalign. Schedule an appointment with your Manchester dentist at The Smile Centre to discover if Invisalign is right for you.