These days it seems like everyone is wearing braces in North London. OK, maybe not everyone exactly, but way more adults are getting their teeth straightened than, say, 10 or 20 years ago. For all those that get spotted wearing braces, there are even more people keeping their treatment a secret. In fact, 21st century braces are so discreet that some brands go unnoticed on their owners’ teeth.
Discretion is the name of the game when it comes to braces in North London for adults. Most dentists, such as Denchic Dental Spa offer a range of straightening systems, but let’s take a look at one system that has revolutionised braces since it was introduced at the start of the millennium: Invisalign.
Braces, but not as we know them
Instead of brackets fixed to the teeth strung together with wires to pull the teeth into alignment, Invisalign uses rigid, 0.3 millimetre thick, plastic aligners that push the teeth. The patient is given an incremental series of mouth guard-like snap on aligners. They are worn in succession, starting with the first one, which almost fits the patient’s current misaligned teeth. The carefully planned pressure points push the teeth ever so slightly along their route to alignment. Each aligner takes one to two weeks to do its work. When the pressure wears off, it’s on to the next one. Most people take about a year to get their teeth straightened with Invisalign.
Invisalign has become an incredibly popular way of straightening teeth. Over four million people have used Invisalign since it was first introduced. One reason why is that the aligners are removable. This means there are no restrictions on what patients can eat and keeping both aligners and teeth clean is pretty straightforward.
The aligners must, however, be worn for at least 20 hours a day in order to stay on schedule with the treatment. Patients need to be disciplined. Another plus is that patients lose weight from having to cut out mindless snacking and coffee drinking at work.
Invisalign dentists usually offer a free consultation, so it’s easy to find out if they are the right treatment.