Many people would love to have straight teeth, but simply hate the thought of wearing braces for months on end. Orthodontic treatment is still associated with traditional braces or ‘train tracks that consist of metal brackets and thick wires. Modern orthodontics in Leeds is quite different, and it is now possible to straighten your teeth almost invisibly. Leeds City Dental care offers patients several different orthodontic systems, and one of these is Invisalign.
Invisalign is a system that uses clear plastic aligners to move teeth into the correct position. The aligners looked little like mouthguards and most people won’t even be aware you are wearing them. If you choose to go for this orthodontic system then you’ll be given a series of clear plastic aligners, and each set is worn for approximately 2 weeks before being changed for a fresh set that will continue moving the teeth. Most people will complete treatment within a year, although some will have more complex orthodontic problems and may need to continue treatment for a little longer.
Advantages of Invisible Braces
There are several big advantages with this system, as the results are highly predictable and even better you’ll be able to see a preview of how your newly straightened teeth will look even before you start wearing your aligners. Invisalign uses a special system that produces computerised images of your teeth, showing the predicted movement. This allows Dr David Brown or whoever is treating you to show you the treatment plan for your approval. Once you’ve approved the plan then your clear plastic aligners will be constructed. Our Leeds surgery will send you home with several sets of aligners so there’s no need to come and see us every two weeks, although we will want to see you quite regularly so we can check the progress of your treatment.
The clear plastic aligners need to be worn for approximately 22 hours each day to give the predicted results. However you will be able to take them out whenever you eat or drink something, and whenever you want to brush and floss your teeth. This is a huge advantage compared to traditional systems that are fixed into position, as all you need to do is to gently brush and rinse your aligners, as there are no fiddly brackets to clean around.
Invisalign is able to treat quite a few different types of orthodontic problems. It can help to minimise gaps in between teeth or to close them up completely, and can correct crooked or overcrowded teeth. It can also be used for teeth that stick out or which bite together incorrectly.
Wearing Braces Could Improve Your Dental Health
Many of our patients who choose to have orthodontic treatment will do so purely for cosmetic purposes, but if you’re sitting on the fence about spending money on this then it’s worth considering the fact that clear braces could improve your dental health. Do you currently struggle to floss your teeth, or perhaps you find it difficult to clean them properly? If so you may notice a real difference once your teeth are straighter and less crowded. Being able to maintain better oral hygiene will help to decrease the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, and could mean you’ll need to spend less money on restorative dental work with our dentist in Leeds City Dentalcare.