Crowded, gapped and crooked teeth can affect your self-esteem, but most adults are not willing to wear metal braces to correct these problems. Luckily, modern advances in dentistry offer an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign treatment consists of a series of custom-made, transparent aligners that gradually move your teeth into their correct position without the aesthetic disadvantages of metal braces.
At Winchester Orthodontics, we understand that metal braces are not for everyone. That’s why Invisalign (erroneously spelled Invisaline by some people) is our treatment of choice for patients who wish to have their teeth straightened discreetly with minimum interruption in their daily activities. Our orthodontist in Hampshire will examine your teeth thoroughly and help you decide whether this is the right treatment for you.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign consists of a series of transparent, custom-made, removable aligners that fit snugly over your teeth and gums, much like a mouth guard. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable since they fit snugly over your teeth helping them move into the right position over a specific period of time. Your orthodontist in Hampshire will provide you with a set of aligners, to be changed every 2 weeks until your teeth reach their final position. 3D technology will help your Hampshire orthodontist monitor the progress of your tooth movement over time. Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth, but they have to be worn at least 22 hours per day for effective treatment.
One of the major disadvantages of wearing braces as an adult, besides the obvious aesthetic effect, is the huge change in one’s lifestyle. Regular braces prevent people from eating their favourite foods and make it difficult to clean their teeth properly, encouraging the development gum disease and tooth decay. Invisalign aligners can be removed, therefore your diet doesn’t need to change.
Moreover, treatment time with Invisalign braces is reduced by half compared to traditional metal braces. Treatment time averages from 9 to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.