Using Invisalign to secretly straighten your teeth
Invisalign clear aligners are a popular modern method of straightening adult teeth. They are one of the most popular discreet orthodontic options available from Sheen Dental in Richmond, because they can be used to correct a wider range of conditions than cosmetic braces, whilst having minimal impact on your lifestyle.
At our Richmond dental practice we are always eager to advocate the benefits of teeth straightening for patients of all ages. It is easier to keep properly aligned teeth clean because there are fewer tricky-to-reach areas in which plaque can gather. Therefore, so long as you practise good hygiene and visit your Richmond dentist and hygienist regularly, straightening your teeth can slash your risk of both gum disease and tooth decay.
Invisalign is an excellent option for mild to moderate tooth straightening treatment. If you are interested in this treatment, you should come in for a consultation at Sheen Dental in Richmond. Your dentist will perform a clinical examination to check that this is the most appropriate treatment option, using impressions and scans to help with diagnosis and treatment planning.
Thanks to the advanced computer software that backs up Invisalign treatment, your dentist will be able to show you the results you can expect from treatment right from the outset.
Treatment with Invisalign involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners, which fit snugly over your teeth and gently guide them into a better position. You can take them out to eat, drink, to clean and to brush your teeth. However, you should wear them for most of the time – for between 20 and 22 hours a day – so that treatment progresses as anticipated.
You will need to attend check-ups at our Richmond dental practice every six to eight weeks for the duration of your Invisalign teeth straightening treatment. The length of treatment and the number of Invisalign aligners you will need will depend on the type and amount of correction that is required.
Typically, treatment lasts between six and 24 months. At the end of treatment you will need to wear a retainer – we offer several discreet options at our Richmond clinic.