Invisalign is one of the most popular methods of teeth straightening with our dentist in Canary Wharf. First developed over 20 years ago, it continues to be the system of choice across the world for helping adults to align their teeth. It is a modern and convenient method of orthodontic treatment that helps correct the issues that are affecting the aesthetics and the wellbeing of a patient’s dentition.
If you are thinking about straightening your teeth then speak to our dentist in Canary Wharf here at Align and Smile and find out how Invisalign can help improve the appearance and health of your teeth. Here we answer some common questions that many of our patients ask when deciding whether or not Invisalign is the most suitable choice for them.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic system which uses clear thermoplastic aligners, replacing metal wires and brackets, to correct your teeth. It is a form of clear brace which helps you straighten your teeth without drawing further attention to your mouth. Invisalign aligners are comfortable to wear and they can be taken out of your mouth and replaced as necessary. Speak to our dentist in Canary Wharf and find out if Invisalign could be the ideal treatment for you too.
How long is the treatment?
The treatment time with Invisalign depends on your individual dental requirements. Ideally Invisalign should be used for mild or moderate misalignment issues of the teeth which are easier to manipulate and correct. Therefore, Invisalign is quicker than other teeth straightening procedures which are designed for complex needs, such as traditional orthodontic braces. To correct minor misalignment problems of the teeth it takes approximately 6 to 12 months with Invisalign, whereas the more traditional braces, although very efficient, can take 18 months to 3 years to complete their work. Invisalign is also better suited at straightening the front teeth as these can be moved more easily than molars and premolars, shortening the length of the treatment.
How are teeth moved with Invisalign?
Our bones are made up of osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Osteoblasts are bone forming cells whilst osteoclasts break down bone cells. When you wear the aligners they apply pressure to push your teeth into a different position. The pressure causes osteoclasts to break down the bone cells which are in front of the teeth, whilst osteoblasts form behind the teeth so that the teeth can be permanently positioned in their new place. Your teeth, however, are never solid in the jaw and if you feel them you will see they are able to move ever so slightly at all times. This makes teeth straightening possible.
If you would like to find out more about this simple and subtle method of teeth straightening then speak to our dentist in Canary Wharf today. You will undergo an examination of your teeth and gums and our dentist will be able to put together an individually tailored treatment plan for you. Let us help improve the appearance and health of your smile with total discretion.