A clear difference
With cosmetic orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign in Hertfordshire having proved harder to obtain than ever before over the past year due social distancing and lockdown measures, it is no surprise that now there is an influx in new patients looking to align their smiles through this revolutionary alternative treatment.
What is Invisalign treatment?
While in the past anybody who wanted to realign crooked teeth would generally have to opt for metallic, fused braces (which were not widely acclaimed for their impact on a patient’s appearance) nowadays there are a number of alternative treatments which have been designed to leave little or no impact on a patient aesthetics.
Invisalign is one such treatment that has grown massively in its popularity across the globe since its initial reliance in 2001. The basis of Invisalign’s success is removing the need for fused brackets or wires as a means of achieving a straighter smile and replacing them with a series of removable dental aligners.
These aligners are each custom 3D printed for each patient and are both wafer-thin and totally transparent. Within the internal structure of every Invisalign aligner, there are carefully placed pressure points and grooves which places a force on a specific part of the tooth to proper alignment the tooth over a series of aligners.
As all Invisalign aligners are custom made and fit perfectly over the teeth they are almost invisible while being worn – so they are an ideal way for patients to undergo orthodontic treatment.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
Besides the aforementioned cosmetic advantages that Invisalign has, there are also several other appeals to the treatment over traditional orthodontic braces.
One such advantage is the fact that the Invisalign aligners are not attached anywhere within the patient’s mouth, and can therefore be removed whenever the patients’ needs to. This is unlike almost all other types of orthodontic alignment methods and provides patients with a level of freedom and convenience that is difficult to match.
Another advantage of Invisalign is that it’s mostly considered to be one of the most comfortable ways to achieve a straight smile. This is again attributed to the fact that the process is non-invasive and removable which makes it far less obstructive or uncomfortable. Additionally to that, Invisalign can also achieve a straighter smile in a shorter timeframe than other orthodontic treatments (depending on the amount of treatment needed).
How can I get Invisalign?
As Invisalign treatment is an entirely unique and tailored process for every patient, the first step is attending a consultation and examination with a professional cosmetic dentist.
They will determine you eligibility for Invisalign treatment and access your oral and dental health as any restorative measure will need to be completed before Invisalign can be successfully carried out.
Photos and a 3D scan will document your unique dental structure and tooth shape – from which your customised Invisalign ClinCheck (Smile Simulation treatmetn plan) will be created and ultimately your aligners will be printed.