Teeth Straightening the Hi-Tech WayNovember 12, 2018 / byHealthier Societies / Categories : Dental
Teeth straightening of old was all about fixed metal brackets and wires; often uncomfortable, always unsightly. And then came along clear braces, a game changer for adults wanting to straighten their teeth discreetly.
The pinnacle of clear braces was the creation of Invisalign. St John’s Wood is home to many dental practices, such as Aura Dental, that offer this innovative teeth-straightening treatment.
It’s discretion and comfort, which doesn’t come at the expense of its effectiveness, comes down to the technology behind it, namely 3D-printing.
What has 3D printing got to do with Invisalign in St John’s Wood?
Invisalign is quite different to traditional braces in several ways, the most obvious of which is that it isn’t made of metal. Instead it is made of clear plastic. And that’s where the 3D printing comes in.
When patients choose to get Invisalign in St John’s Wood, impressions of their teeth are taken to help design the series of clear plastic aligners they will need to wear. The aligners are made to fit snugly over the teeth, with pressure points built into the inner surfaces to push the teeth into alignment. Manufacturing these incredibly thin and customised aligners is only possible thanks to 3D printing.
What is treatment with Invisalign like?
In St John’s Wood, Invisalign patients will find that treatment has far less impact on their day-to-day activities than fixed metal braces. Cosmetically, hardly anyone will notice when they are on. When it comes to dental hygiene, this is made easy too, as patients remove their aligners to eat, drink and brush. This means there isn’t any chance for food to get trapped between the braces and the teeth.
However there is a certain level of discipline needed. Patients must wear their aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day to ensure treatment runs on time. They should also clean their aligners daily and clean their teeth before popping their aligners back on. This will ensure the aligners remain clear and discreet.
Is Invisalign right for everyone?
Invisalign isn’t suitable for children, nor can it handle severe cases of misalignment. Patients should therefore visit their Invisalign dentist to find out where they stand in terms of treatment.