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Stealth straighteners

Even in these days of the ‘look at me!’ culture of selfies and Instagram, most of us are pretty shy about getting our body parts fixed. Yes, even our teeth. Well, maybe particularly our teeth. People make a lot of judgements about others based on their smiles. Because of this, most of us just want perfect smiles without having to go through any awkward, on-the-way-to-perfect, stages.

At Sheen Dental, we know that most of our patients would far rather have any dental work done without others knowing about it, especially if that treatment is liable to go on for some months, as it does with teeth straightening. That’s why we are big fans of Invisalign in Richmond, and so are our patients.

Invisalign in Richmond

What is Invisalign all about?

We think this is a particularly brilliant system for realigning moderately wonky teeth. In Richmond, Invisalign works differently from the traditional bracket and wires braces, using very thin, tooth-hugging transparent plastic mouth trays that disappear from view when they snap on over the teeth.

Instead of having one brace that is adjusted every few weeks to bring the teeth into alignment, Invisalign uses a series of incrementally different aligners. Each new aligner feels like it doesn’t quite fit, and it is this pressure that gently shifts the teeth into position. Once the not-fitting feeling wears off, after a couple of weeks, you move onto the next aligner in the series and so on, until you have worked your way through the whole lot.

You will need to pop back in to see us every six weeks or so, so that we can keep an eye on your progress with Invisalign in Richmond. You’ll need somewhere between 12–48 aligners, depending on your case.

These little gems are removable. You take them out to eat and drink anything that isn’t plain water, otherwise they can discolour and won’t be invisible anymore. The big plus for this is that you can eat whatever you want without fear of getting food stuck, or breaking your aligners. You will need to make sure that you wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day in order for the treatment to run to schedule.


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