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Invisalign - Invisible Braces in London

Invisalign braces are a series of clear removable plastic aligners that are worn over the teeth. Almost invisible, Invisalign is made using 3-D computer imaging technology allowing you to see your own virtual treatment plan before the treatment starts. You will be able to see just how your straight your teeth will look when treatment is complete. This treatment is not suitable for everyone but it will be decided at an initial consultation whether this method will be best to achieve your perfect smile.

Each aligner will be worn for approximately two weeks before the patient is moved on to the next aligner in the series, provided the teeth have achieved the correct position. The aligners should only be removed to drink, eat, brush, and floss. A visit to the practice will be necessary about once every six weeks to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned. Treatment time will be an average of 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn for the treatment will be between 18 and 30, although this can vary.

Functional Braces

Some of the problems that orthodontists deal with involve correcting jaw misalignment using dentofacial orthopaedics. In young patients who are still growing functional appliances are used to balance the jaws and to achieve good facial muscle function to create more natural facial proportions. Functional appliances are known by many different names. Twin block, Frankels, Bionators, Activators, are some of those available. Age assessment by 10-11 years of age is best as the treatment should ideally be timed with a growth spurt. These appliances will move teeth but will also correct alignment of the jaw. The most common objective is to correct a lower jaw that is underdeveloped. Functional appliances are sometimes used alone to correct a problem but often treatment is achieved with a combined approach using functional appliances as well as “fixed” appliances.

Invisalign Braces in London

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that offers effective results and addresses the problem of brace aesthetics. The Invisalign brace gently moves teeth using a set of transparent plastic aligners. The brace is so slim that it can’t be spotted unless up close and many patients say it’s a more comfortable option than conventional braces. Invisalign is also completely removable. This can, however, be a double-edged sword giving the patient more responsibility for their treatment than if they were wearing a fixed brace that could not be removed. If the aligner is not worn enough, treatment times and the cost involved could escalate. Invisalign will fix a range of orthodontic issues including gaps between teeth, crooked teeth or crowding. This method is not suitable for more severe orthodontic problems that will require a brace that puts more pressure on the teeth. Invisalign is great for patients who have an allergy to metals used in traditional braces. Because these braces are completely removable, a patient is able to eat or drink anything they want during treatment. They can also brush and floss the teeth as normal. As there is no metal wires or brackets involved, this system is exceptionally comfortable compared to conventional braces with the added benefit of reducing the number of visits required for monitoring and adjustments.

How is Invisalign treatment accomplished?

As a first step, a rough impression is taken followed by a second impression using a fine material for the most accurate final impression. A ‘study model’ is made from the impression. Other models are representing the teeth moving into position. From this positioners are produced designed to move the teeth a tiny amount. The aligners are used in sequence to move the teeth gently into position.

Invisalign is a new system that will straighten the teeth without using conventional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement aligning the teeth to produce a perfect look. Moving of teeth with removable aligners is not new but what is new is the Invisalign computer program that generates a series of aligners capable of making small changes. Invisalign is recommended for mild to moderate spacing or crowding problems. The clear retainers are virtually invisible, easy to use and very comfortable.

There are some conditions for which this method is not recommended. Let us discuss your own options with you. Recommended for adults, this system will often be used on teenagers as well. Our practice is fully Invisalign certified. Contact us for more details by visiting London Braces.

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