Invisible aligners testing on a model

The establishment and growing popularity of Invisalign

Approved in 1998, Invisalign quickly became an enthusiastically received and well-established form of addressing the aesthetic appearance of a patient’s smile. Suitable for people of all ages it is a highly popular choice of orthodontic treatment which is recommended by dentists and patients alike. Famous for its discretion, and as its name suggests, an almost invisible appearance, Invisalign has helped correct many hundreds of thousands of smiles across the world over the last two decades.

There are many factors which can affect the appearance of your smile including misalignment, crooked and wonky teeth, small gaps in your teeth and overcrowding of your teeth, which not only affect the aesthetics of your mouth, but can have a negative impact on your oral health. Dental health issues affect your well-being in general, whilst a beautiful healthy smile has a positive impact on all aspects of life. So if you have problems with the alignment of your teeth, speak to your dentist about Invisalign Welwyn today and begin your journey with Invisalign for a beautiful healthy smile that will help boost your confidence and bring more positivity into your life.

How does Invisalign work?

invisalign on a false teeth model

To begin with your dentist will have to make sure that Invisalign Welwyn is the correct choice of dental treatment for your teeth and your personal requirements. This will mean that you have to undergo a comprehensive examination of your teeth to start with, including X-rays and specialised scans. These will be able to show you and your dentist the health of your teeth and gums, as well as determine how treatment with Invisalign will help correct the factors which are affecting your smile. If you and your dentist are happy that Invisalign is the correct choice of treatment for you, your scan results will be sent off to the Invisalign laboratory where the technicians will manufacture a series of individualised clear plastic Invisalign aligners. They will be designed to exert gradual pressure on your teeth and push them into the desired positions for a straighter and a more symmetrical smile that is neatly aligned, easier to clean and beautiful to look at.

The number of aligners necessary to create your series will vary from person to person and is dependent on the extent of misalignment to begin with. Average treatment times range from six months to a year, during which period you will visit your dentist on a regular basis to make sure that the process is coming along successfully and that the movement of your teeth does not cause any dental issue or complication. Each aligner is designed to move your teeth by up to 0.25 mm after two weeks of wear for 22 hours of the day. The aligners need to be removed at meal times and for drinks such as tea or coffee, fizzy drinks or fruit juices. This is because you do not want any food debris, sugars or acids to get into your aligners which may then come into contact with your teeth and remain unnoticed, resulting in issues such as cavities and tooth decay. To prevent such problems once you complete your meal it is recommended that you brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with water or a good mouthwash and clean your aligners before placing them back into your mouth. A good dental hygiene routine throughout the treatment procedure will improve your oral health even further.

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