Despite your year or two sporting metal on your teeth when you were a teenager, your teeth have shifted and aren’t as straight as they were. A second round of wearing regular braces might not appeal to you, especially now that you are no longer an adolescent.
Instead of being disappointed by your less-than-perfect teeth, why not consider other types of orthodontic devices suited to adults?
Straightening aids are no longer the clunky and uncomfortable devices that you remember them to be. If you want to give braces another chance, come and see our orthodontist in Hampshire to ensure you receive the best results possible.
Invisalign: clear braces for teens and adults alike
With its near-invisible appearance, Invisalign is designed for people who prioritise discretion and do not want their social image tarnished by wearing braces, especially in the professional field. Invisalign is also for the self-conscious teenager who does not wish to garner unwanted attention as the result of a metallic smile.
Made from transparent plastic and virtually no wires, metal or other components that braces are usually comprised of, Invisalign boasts a sleek and inconspicuous design that allows people to go about their daily activities, without others noticing their straightening aid if they do not want them to.
Tips for Invisalign novices
Invisalign or invisible braces might offer a lot of benefits that other braces provided by the orthodontist in Hampshire do not, but there are some things you should know before making your choice.
- You have to wear your braces most of the time.
Invisible braces are designed so that you can take them out when you eat, brush your teeth or play sports, but those should be the only occasions that you do. For the aligners to work efficiently, they must be in your mouth more than out. If you do not have the required self-discipline for doing so, then maybe you should consider alternative options.
- Optimise your oral health
You do not need to employ new cleaning techniques with Invisalign. That said, you still need to be vigilant when it comes to brushing your teeth. Warm, moist spaces are created in the area between your teeth and the aligner trays, which is the perfect breeding temperature for germs. Not only do you need to clean your plates diligently, but also your teeth.
Also, remember that these aligners block saliva from washing away food particles, meaning that your mouth needs additional help in removing harmful bacteria. This means you must brush your teeth thoroughly, floss frequently and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash.
Chat to our orthodontist if you need tips and techniques for brushing your teeth; we find that some people have difficulties flossing.
- You can eat the food you want to but be vigilant.
Some of the substances you eat lodge into the crevices of your teeth. If you do not get them out, they will stain your teeth and dirty your aligner.
Err on the side of caution if you plan to indulge with coffee, tea or wine - be sure to clean your aligner properly before popping it back into your mouth.
- Carry a case wherever you go
When you are not using your aligners, set them aside in a case that you should take with you. Misplacing them means you will have to pay for them out of pocket, which could be a costly endeavour if you are a forgetful person.
Braces might not have had the results you want the first time around, but with Invisalign and our orthodontist in Hampshire, you will not be let down again by a device that fails to deliver.