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Braces for people who love food

Do you eat to live, or live to eat? Generally speaking, people fall into one of these two camps. If you are a live-to-eater, you may find the idea of having to restrict your food choices for months on end too much to bear. It may even be one of the things that’s putting you off getting your wonky teeth straightened. If that’s the case, then you really need to find out more about Invisalign. In Richmond, you can get this revolutionary system for straightening teeth from us here at Sheen Dental.

Wondering how come you can still eat your favourite bitty, gloopy foods like crunchy peanut butter with Invisalign in Richmond? Well, such yummy foodstuffs can’t get stuck in the brackets and wires because there aren’t any for them to get stuck in.

Instead of the usual metal-wear cemented to your teeth, you are supplied with a series of clear, ultra-thin plastic mouth guard-style aligners. These snap on over your teeth and you take them out every time you want to eat or drink anything other than plain water and also for cleaning.

So, you eat whatever you want, and then clean your teeth before putting your aligners back in.

Ordered in Richmond, Invisalign aligners are 3D printed in the US. We use a scanner to take precision measurements of your mouth, and from this your treatment is mapped out by a computer. Carefully placed pressure points built into each aligner gently moves your teeth into alignment over the course of, on average, a year. Each set of aligners takes 7-10 days to do its work, and when the pressure wears off, you move onto the next set.

You must wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day if you are not to fall behind in your treatment schedule. In practice, what tends to happen is that people find they lose weight wearing Invisalign, cutting out mindless snacking, all those office birthday cakes, and extra cups of coffee. They call it the Invisalign Diet, and so, although you may be a live-to-eat kind of person, at the end of your treatment, you may find that you have turned into an eat-to-live person.


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