Straightening the teeth can help reduce the waistline

 Dentist checking woman's teethPeople who have been looking into the various systems for gettingtheir teeth straightened will, no doubt, have come across a system called Invisalign in Harley Street.This amazingly popular system has been used by over four million people. It doesn’t involve metal brackets or wires but gumshield-like aligners that slip over the teeth and are almost invisible.

Several dentists offer Invisalign in Harley Street including Harley Street Dental Clinic. Invisalign clear braces are somewhat different from the more well-known brackets and wire braces systems most often associated with teeth straightening. Instead Invisalign uses transparent plastic resin trays resembling mouth guards. They slide snugly over the teeth and are so thin that it is almost impossible to see them.

The aligners are 3D printed in the USA specifically for each patient, using measurements taken from impressions taken by their dentist. The impressions, along with x-rays and computer technology also help the lab calculate how each tooth needs to move as an individual and in relation to its neighbours to each reach its required alignment. From this the laboratory then prints a series of aligner trays. Each one is an increment along from the previous one, producing pressure on the teeth to move them forward comfortably. Once the pressure has worn off, it’s time for the next one.

The patient wears each aligner for about a week to 10 days and the number of aligners depends on what needs to be done.

The other great thing about Invisalign in Harley Streetis that the aligners are removable, avoiding issues with food getting stuck, as can happen with bracket and wire braces. Theycan be left off entirely for a few hours if a patient needs to attend an important social or professional event.

All this and lose weight too

People often lose weight effortlessly when using Invisalign because the aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day. Anything but water can discolour the clear plastic, making mindless snacking and endless coloured drinks much more of a hassle than before. This popular side-effect is known as ‘the Invisalign diet’ and people find Invisalign can help them permanently change their eating habits.