People who are considering consulting the orthodontist in Winchester often wonder what Invisalign involves and how to get the best from this treatment. Our patients often choose clear braces as a convenient means of achieving a better smile, but aren’t sure of what is actually involved.
Here at Winchester Orthodontics, we ensure that our patients are fully informed from the start to finish of aligner treatment; and are happy to answer all questions and queries.
What are the advantages of clear braces?
The orthodontist in Winchester is the best place for patients to start their Invisalign journey. People sometimes think this kind of braces is spelt Invisaline, which can lead to a little confusion! Here, we dispel any confusion so that people can make a choice as to whether or not this is the right treatment for them.
One of the main advantages is the fact that these kinds of braces are invisible, which means that it is not obvious to others that a person is having treatment to realign their teeth. This can be especially important for patients who may be concerned about feeling self-conscious regarding the process.
Clear braces are usually a very convenient option, as patients simply receive their new trays every few weeks; rather than having to have their braces physically adjusted by the dental professional in person. For those who have busy lives to lead, this can make the whole process much easier.
Clear braces are often touted as a treatment option that allows the patient more comfort than traditional forms of realignment of the teeth; particularly as they are made of a soft yet durable material that is effective but gentle on the teeth and gums.
Can you take these braces out?
Invisalign is designed to be removable at the convenience of the patient. It is reassuring to know that this is possible, however it is still important to wear the aligners as much as possible in any 24-hour period.
If this is not done, the patient may not experience the optimum results at the end of treatment. Therefore, although it is great to have the convenience of easy removal, there is a little self-discipline required if the treatment is to be most successful.
How do they fit?
Invisible braces are by no means the same for every patient. They are tailor made to fit the teeth and gums of each individual. This means that they are as comfortable as possible, and that they will provide the best results that can be achieved.
Can patients eat and drink as normal?
Wearing clear braces does not mean that the patient has to give up on their favourite foods and drinks. However, they should be removed for meal times and when consuming tea, coffee or soft drinks. It is fine to drink water whilst wearing the braces, but anything else should be done without Invisalign.
After each meal time, it’s important to clean the teeth and floss or use interdental brushes; as well as cleaning the aligners themselves. This allows the patient to maintain good dental hygiene and ensures that the teeth will look their best on completion of treatment.