Clear Cut Straightening with Invisalign in Clapham

A Piece of Invisalign

A Piece of InvisalignBeing able to choose is one of the great things about teeth straightening today. Time was people who wanted straighter teeth had one option, which was bulky, metal braces cemented onto their teeth.

Now there is another option, Invisalign in Clapham. Invisalign is a removable straightening system that doesn’t use brackets and wires to pull the teeth into position. Instead, it uses a series of mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners that snap on over the entire arch of teeth, upper or lower. This system is available from accredited dentists in Clapham, such as Clapham South Dental Centre.

Why removing is great

Being able to remove one’s braces makes eating much easier. There is no need to worry about whether the foods on the menu are going to break the braces, or get stuck underneath them. The patient can eat whatever they like, which is great when one considers that teeth straightening can only go so fast and usually takes at least a few months. The average treatment time with Invisalign in Clapham is one year.

The patient removes the aligners to eat and also to drink anything other than plain water. This is so that the aligners do not get stained and so become visible against the teeth. After mealtimes, the patient gives their teeth a brush and then puts the aligners back in. Straightening requires sustained pressure. Patients can remove their aligners for up to 4 hours a day without affecting the straightening process. Any longer than that and the signal for the teeth to move is turned off and the process has to begin all over again.

Not being seen

People generally feel self-conscious about getting their teeth straightened. Invisalign is made of plastic that is only 0.3mm thick. The aligners are 3D printed using pin-point accurate measurements, resulting in devices that hug the teeth like an extra layer of enamel. They can’t really be seen once they are in place, and so, to the casual observer, there is no indication of braces treatment going on. It’s almost as if the teeth are being straightened by magic, with results really starting to show after about 6 months.