Many adults in the UK suffer from crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, cross bites, or under bites. The solution to these common orthodontic problems is a visit to the dentist for orthodontic treatment. However, most adults would rather not wear metal braces.
A dentist may recommend this treatment, which uses a set of removable clear aligners instead of braces. It is one type of 'invisible' braces suitable for some adults. Here is DentalCarePartnership.co.uk's quick guide to the process.
Invisalign uses patented 3D software to create a model of your teeth to create the aligners. Your dentist will take a mould of your teeth and send it to Invisalign. The software will create a series of aligners for each stage of the treatment and send it back to the dentist. Each aligner is slightly different, guiding your teeth gradually to the ideal position.
You will receive your aligners on your next visit and instructions from your dentist on how to use them. You will use each aligner for about two weeks or so before you move on to the next set. You will feel some discomfort every time you wear a new set, but this only means the treatment is working. You should see visible improvements after each set. You have to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day for maximum effect. Your dentist may ask you to come in every 6 weeks to check on progress.
Your treatment is over when you reach your last tray. Your dentist may recommend you wear it longer to retain the ideal position or have a set of retainers made. You will have to wear retainers for about 1.5 times longer than your treatment to make sure your teeth does not relapse.
The Invisalign treatment is simple. You should have no problems as long as you follow instructions carefully. Consult your dentist about Invisalign treatment.