Traditional orthodontics uses a combination of wires and brackets to straighten teeth – you may have heard them called ‘train tracks’, but as an adult Laura wanted to consider something less obvious and more discrete to straighten her teeth in time for her wedding.
At Laura’s first consultation, Dr Carr explained that Invisalign is a clear aligner brace system using a series of clear, thin, plastic close fitting appliances which are worn full time (except for eating and tooth brushing) for a period of one to two weeks before moving onto the next aligner in the series. The number of aligners required depends on the amount of tooth movement that is needed. This simple but very effective system gentle moves the teeth into the desired position. The aligners are clear, discrete and almost invisible.
At your initial consultation the dentist will assess your mouth to see if you are suitable for Invisalign treatment. It is important to remember that before starting Invisalign treatment your mouth must be healthy; no cavities, missing fillings or unrestored teeth. Your gums must be healthy with no gum disease.
As Laura was suitable for Invisalign treatment moulds of her teeth, photos and x-rays of her mouth were taken. Dr Carr then used computer software to map out Laura’s new smile. The software analyses and detects the tiniest movement needed to move individual teeth and create Laura’s new smile. Using 3D imaging Dr Carr customized the treatment and Laura was able to see how her teeth would gradually move, and had a preview of her new smile before starting active treatment.
Once the digital plan was completed and Laura was happy with the preview of her new smile the clear aligners were manufactured using 3D printing. These lightweight clear plastic aligners are thin but strong which makes them easy to wear and almost invisible.
The number of aligners you need will depend on the amount of tooth movement needed to create your new smile. Usually, each aligner is worn for between 7-14 days before you move on to the next aligner. You’ll be given your aligners in batches so that you have about 8 weeks supply before you need to return and see your dentist for a review. This makes Invisalign treatment a good option to fit around work commitments, and appointments can be schedule in advance for you.
You’ll need to wear your new aligners all the time except for eating and tooth and gum cleaning. Invisalign clear aligners mean that you can still enjoy your favourite foods, participate in sports, and brush and floss your teeth in the normal way. Remove the aligners to eat and then brush/floss your teeth before you put them back in. Taking the aligners out and putting them back in is simple, they just clip in. It’s important to keep your aligners clean but that’s simple too, they will need a gentle brush each evening with your toothbrush.
Laura found that when she moved on to her next set of aligners she could feel slight pressure against her teeth. This is normal as the new aligners start to do their work.
Each patient is unique and therefore the timescale will be different for each patient, Laura’s treatment took ten months but sometimes it is possible to transform a smile in less than six months.
Laura was so pleased with her treatment that she gave us this glowing recommendation “I cannot thank Rebecca and Dr Carr enough for my smile transformation for my wedding. I would highly recommend Guildhall Dental, especially for nervous patients”.
If you’d like to book a consultation or find out more about Invisalign please contact our Reception Team on 01284 755631 and they would be happy to arrange an appointment for you.