Patient responsibilities when it comes to Invisalign in St John’s Wood

April 6, 2018   /   byHealthier Societies  / Categories :  Dental
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A treatment like Invisalign in St John’s Wood is a relatively simple way to straighten the teeth. It doesn’t involve any brackets and wires and no lengthy fitting procedure is required. The patient has some control over their treatment, within certain guidelines, and many find this comforting. However, the patient also has a few more responsibilities that they need to be able to commit to in order to enjoy the benefits.

The fact is that, while a dental professional from a practice like Aura Dental is a key point of contact for equipment, treatment and advice, most dental care takes place at home. This is true even when someone is working with a teeth straightening treatment like Invisalign in St John’s Wood. The dentist provides all the care advice that the patient needs but it is up to them to stick to it if they want to get the results they are after within the time frame that they expect.

When using Invisalign in St John’s Wood, the patient needs to agree to:

• Wear their aligner for upwards of 22 hours per day – the Invisalign system utilises clear aligners that fit over the tops of the teeth. These are comfortable against the inside of the cheek and fit snugly so they do not interfere with speech. All this is designed to make it easy for the patient to wear them for most of the day as well as during the night;

• Take their aligner out to eat or drink anything except water – one of the bonuses of the Invisalign system is that the aligners are clear. This means that they are hard to spot when they are worn and so they do not affect the patient’s appearance in the same way as traditional braces do. In order to maintain this transparency, it is important that the patient does not eat or consume beverages while they are wearing their aligner;

• Clean their teeth after eating – once the patient has eaten, they can reinsert their aligner. Before they do, they need to brush their teeth thoroughly to avoid getting food trapped against the teeth. If they don’t, it can lead to damage on the teeth as well as bad breath.

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