Make privacy a priority
We Brits are a sensitive bunch when it comes to anything to do with our bodies. We like to keep what’s going on to ourselves and might even avoid dealing with important health issues if it means divulging information we’d rather not talk about. That’s why so many adults who’d like to get their teeth straightened, both for aesthetic and for health reasons, don’t. We’d rather go on with wonky teeth that are hard to keep clean and may even be causing us pain than wear metal train track braces for a couple of years and have to field embarrassing questions and stares.
Thank goodness then, that in SW14, Invisalign is available. This great way of straightening teeth is designed to be so discreet that people will have to peer at you very closely to spot it. And, being Brits, we don’t like to do that.
Your Invisalign journey
If you come to us at Sheen Dental in SW14, Invisalign consultations are available to find out if this particular way of straightening teeth is right for your issue. If it is, we take detailed measurements with a handheld scanner. That information gets fed into a programme that then creates a mini movie of how your teeth will need to move to reach alignment. You can see how your teeth will look once they are straight before you sign up for treatment.
Depending on your issues, treatment with Invisalign in SW14 takes around a year to complete. You will receive a series of very thin, clear plastic aligners that look like mouth guards. Built-in pressure points nudge your teeth into position, with each aligner being worn for around 7–10 days before it’s time to move onto the next.
The aligners snap onto metal clips on the back teeth, and, once in place, are pretty much unnoticeable. You take them out to eat, drink and clean your teeth, and then put them back in again. They need to be worn for about 22 hours a day to stay on schedule with your treatment.
When your treatment is over, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in place while they get used to their new positions.