If you’re looking for a way to correct misaligned teeth as an adult, orthodontic treatments have come a long way in the last decade or two. Leading this pack of revolutionary treatments is Invisalign, an almost invisible set of retainers which gradually work to realign your smile.
It’s effective at treating various dental issues in adults, including correcting overbites, underbites and it can realign crooked teeth. For these cases it acts in much the same way as traditional braces, but it makes use of modern technology to provide results without interfering with the looks of a patient.
The treatment itself involves a series of clear plastic retainers, which are custom printed for each unique set of teeth. The patient will replace the retainer every couple of weeks with one that helps move the teeth a little closer to the desired position. The treatment will be complete once the dentist is satisfied with the final alignment of the teeth.
The real selling point of Invisalign, other than the big improvements it can make to someone’s smile, is how discrete the treatment is. The retainers are made from thin, clear plastic, which means they are barely noticeable to the outside observer. People find it gives them the confidence to smile properly during the treatment as their teeth are gradually transformed.
There are various other advantages over traditional braces. There are no wires or brackets involved in the treatment, which many people find make them less intrusive than traditional orthodontic procedures.
Invisalign also requires less intervention from the dentist than traditional braces. While braces will normally have to be adjusted every few weeks as they lose shape and tension, Invisalign patients simply switch to a new retainer. It applies an optimal amount of pressure to the teeth for the 2 weeks that the retainer is in place, before the patient moves to the next one and the process repeats. This means fewer dental visits and less hassle all round.
While it’s extremely effective at treating numerous orthodontic issues, not everyone will be a suitable candidate for the treatment. Some more complex orthodontic issues will require other treatments, and while Invisalign can often be incorporated as part of the treatment it’s not always the sole solution.
To find out if Invisalign could work for you the best thing to do is make an appointment with a cosmetic dentist who specialises in Invisalign treatment. They’ll be able to assess your smile and determine if you’re a suitable candidate or will recommend an alternative treatment.