You are not alone
In today’s world, looking good has never carried such significance. With the recent increase across the country in the amount of social media usage and photography being taken of our daily lives, many people are turning to cosmetic dentistry to address a superficial issue or niggling concern that they may have with their teeth. Those who notice an aspect of their smile that they wish they could improve need only contact their trusted local dental practice and arrange a consultation with a professional. Across the county, never before have cosmetic dentistry treatments such as Invisalign received such demand, as more and more people continue to realise the potential of their smiles and seek out the necessary treatment which can help them achieve this potential.
What is cosmetic orthodontics?
One of the most common superficial issues or concerns which people are increasingly turning to their cosmetic dentist to address, are teeth which are slightly misaligned, crooked or overlapping. In the past, those who had such problems would typically have to visit a traditional orthodontist and receive conventional, fused braces.
These common braces are widely recognised the world over, but are not usually quite so popular due to the impact that they can have on the outward appearance of the patients who receive them. Traditional braces are also often thought to be an uncomfortable – albeit successful – method of correcting misaligned teeth. Nowadays, patients have the option to correct their dental alignment in a more discreet and hidden way – through cosmetic orthodontics. Treatments such as the Invisalign retainer system offer an entirely new approach to conventional orthodontics, which lets those who receive treatment achieve a straighter set of teeth without impeding their daily lives in almost any way – and without any trace of the procedure affecting how they look. This may explain why this is now one of the most popular treatments across the world – specifically with teenagers and young adults.
So how does Invisalign work?
The Invisalign retainer system is vastly different from traditional braces – which require brackets to be fused to each individual tooth, in order to shift a patient’s teeth together through a tension wire between them. Invisalign does not require anything to be bonded to the patient’s teeth, or attached to them in any way. This is made possible as the entire alignment process consists of using a number of dental retainers. Each retainer is crafted to fit around an individual patient’s unique tooth shape and structure, as it has been made from an impression of their teeth. Constructed within the structure of every Invisalign retainer, there are pressure points, which apply pressure to the specific, targeted teeth which are misaligned. Over the duration of the treatment, when the patient wears their sets of retainers, their teeth will gradually and comfortably shift into their proper positions. Every
Invisalign retainer is entirely constructed from a patented dental plastic named SmartTrack, which is both comfortable enough to not bring discomfort to the patient, but durable enough that it can account for the shift in the patient’s tooth position. The discreet aspect of the Invisalign method is largely due to the fact that each wafer-thin SmartTrack retainer is entirely transparent, and – as it is a perfect fit on every patient – completely slips out of view when worn over their teeth. Thus, patients can achieve a healthier looking smile, without their treatment affecting how they look during the process.