The clear alternative to traditional braces: Invisalign in Luton

In the past, the only real option when considering straightening your teeth was to have traditional fixed braces. Although these braces are a tried and tested method of getting straighter teeth, they have their drawbacks.

Here at Vogue Dental Care in Luton, Invisalign is offered as an alternative to traditional fixed braces. Many people may have heard of this innovative treatment. It’s renowned for its ease of use and flexibility.

Invisalign fits around your lifestyle, rather than getting the way of it, as traditional braces can.

Re-thinking teeth straightening

In Luton, Invisalign works on the same principle as traditional braces. Both treatments apply gentle pressure to the teeth to reposition them over time. And that is where the similarities end. Traditional braces rely on metal brackets and wires that are securely fitted to the teeth and adjusted to encourage the teeth to move.

Invisalign doesn’t use metal components. The treatment consists of a series of custom-moulded tooth trays that are slightly different in shape from one to the next. It is this slight difference in shape that encourages the teeth to gently move into alignment over time.

The whole treatment is planned before it starts because the plastic trays need to be manufactured ahead of time. When you have received your aligners you’ll only need to return to the dentist every six to eight weeks for them to check on your progress.

Because the aligners are made from a smooth plastic, they are much more comfortable to wear than traditional braces. They are also almost completely invisible as they are made from transparent plastic.

Practical design

Invisalign aligners also benefit from being removable, making them much more practical. When it comes to care of your dental hygiene you simply remove the aligners and go about cleaning your teeth as usual. This also makes mealtimes much less of a hassle. If you had traditional braces as a teenager, you’ll remember what a pain it was to clean out the brackets and wires after each meal. With Invisalign, you simply remove the aligners and eat!

If you’re looking for a tooth straightening option that fits around your lifestyle, then Invisalign could be for you.

21st century teeth straightening

In the last 20 years or so, developments in dental materials and techniques have changed the face of dentistry forever, giving dentists many more options to offer than back in the 1990s.

Back then, some of these treatments did exist, but they were so innovative, and therefore expensive, that it was really only film stars, models and royals who had the money for a bright, sparkling, white smile. Cosmetic dentistry cost a fortune and was only available in large cities.

But now at Vogue Dental Care, we use these modern techniques and equipment to straighten teeth, which is why we offer Invisalign in Luton.

In Luton, Invisalign is used to correct mild to moderate misalignments such as crooked, overcrowded or gappy teeth. Once seen as hardly worth bothering about by dentists, in fact such problems made some people so self-conscious that they would hide their smiles behind their hands, never smile at all, or turn away from having their photo taken. Even more so now that it is becoming the norm to have good straight teeth.

Worrying about your smile is not a happy, spontaneous way to be, but you wouldn’t be alone in preferring it to living through months of conspicuous metal train track braces on your teeth, let alone having to fend off endless personal questions and stares from strangers. This is why your Vogue Dental Care team is delighted to offer Invisalign in Luton.

Unlike the brackets and wires we usually associate with brace systems, Invisalign is a series of incrementally different, very thin, clear 3D-printed plastic trays. These invisible aligners fit snugly over the teeth, and have carefully planned pressure points in them to gradually guide the teeth into alignment. You wear each tray for a week to 10 days by which time the feeling of pressure will have worn off, and then you move onto the next Invisalign tray, which will gently move the teeth on again.

What also makes Invisalign so popular, is that the aligners can be removed for cleaning. You can also eat, drink, and, if necessary, attend important occasions without wearing your aligners.

Why not come in for a consultation to find out if Invisalign in Luton will work for you?

Invisible braces offer discreet teeth straightening

If you have always wished that you had your slightly wonky teeth straightened as a teenager, don’t worry, it’s not too late. It’s becoming pretty normal for adults to have their teeth straightened with invisible braces in Luton.

Barely detectable braces have revolutionised teeth straightening in the last 20—30 years, allowing adults with mild misalignments to visit their dentist in Luton for invisible braces treatment.

You are not alone if you secretly yearn for a straighter teeth treatment that doesn’t involve the lengthy treatment times, discomfort and indignity associated with traditional ‘train track’ braces. Fortunately, as dental research and treatments advance, braces have become more refined with the realisation that heavy-duty ‘metal-mouth’ treatments are only necessary for people with serious bite problems to correct. Chances are that you have perfect bite, just wonky teeth. If this is so, you are the person that clear braces were made for.

At Vogue Dental Care, in Luton, invisible braces can perfect your smile more quickly and comfortably than ever before. We use an invisible braces system called Invisalign. Invisalign is a series of clear plastic trays, rather than the usual brackets and wire fixed to the teeth.

When you come to us for your initial consultation, we will thoroughly examine your mouth, taking many measurements with a scanner to show how your teeth are now, and how they will need to move in order to reach alignment. You will be able to see this on a computer screen. Many people find it very inspiring to see how their smile will look after treatment with invisible braces in Luton.

Once you have received and agreed to your written treatment plan, with costs, your Invisalign trays will be custom-made for you. You will need to wear each tray for a week to 10 days while its gentle forces guide your teeth into a new position. Then, you start using the next tray.

Because these invisible braces are very thin, transparent and fit so snugly over your teeth, no one can see them unless they look very closely. The trays are also removable, so you can eat and brush your teeth as normal.

Hey, didn’t you use to have wonky teeth??

Fewer and fewer people seem to have wonky teeth these days, but you never seem to see anyone wearing braces. Maybe you have even noticed some people in your life, a colleague, or someone in your local shop, having lovely straight teeth when you could have sworn they were wonky. How on earth did they do that without you ever seeing them wearing braces? Well, in Luton, Invisalign could be how.

At Vogue Dental Care in Luton, Invisalign is one of our favourite ways to get wonky teeth to line up, especially for adults. We say that because a lot of adults would far rather go through life with misaligned teeth that are hard to keep clean and fail before their time, than suffer the indignity and embarrassment of wearing metal train track braces. After all, it’s hard to be taken seriously when you have a railway junction where your teeth should be.

In Luton, Invisalign does away with all those problems, by being as good as invisible on your teeth.

The advantages of Invisalign

The Invisalign system doesn’t even use brackets and wires. Instead, it uses very thin aligners that look like mouth guards. The transparent plastic aligners are only 0.3 millimetres thick and all but disappear once you snap them on over your teeth. The casual observer, actually even your friends, won’t know you are using Invisalign unless you choose to tell them.

Even when you are eating, Invisalign can remain your secret. You just take out the aligner and store it in its case before meals. Then, you can eat whatever you like without worrying about stuck food. You just need to clean your teeth before you put your aligners back in. Also, you need to wear them for at least 20 hours a day if the carefully designed pressure points inside are going to nudge your teeth into alignment according to your schedule.

After your teeth reach alignment, they will need a bit of holding in place, which means wearing a retainer for about a year. Without one, teeth tend to drift around. You can get one bonded to the backs of your teeth or wear one at night.

Keep your teeth where you put them

If you have spent a whole lot of time and money on getting your teeth straightened with invisible braces in Luton, you want them to stay where you put them, don’t you?

But did you realise that treatment with invisible braces in Luton is only the first part of the treatment? Nearly every patient, then needs to be very diligent about step two, which is to wear a retainer.

When you come to us at Vogue Dental Care for invisible braces in Luton, we will carefully explain about retainers to you, but this forgotten part of the braces process is something we’d like to talk about here too.

What does a retainer do and why do I need one?

When teeth arrive at their final destination and are beautifully aligned in your mouth, there’s a good chance they could wander about. They are not used to being where they are and have not really settled into place yet, so they need to be held in position while the newly created bone around them becomes strong enough to hold them still. This takes about a year.

It would be awful to have gone through all that work, only to end up with crooked teeth again.

What do retainers look like?

There are different kinds of retainers: fixed, vacuum-formed and Hawley.

If you have a vacuum-formed retainer, which fits over your teeth, you only wear it some of the time. You can take it out for eating and cleaning. The retainer is transparent, so no one can see it. It may feel tight to start with.

A fixed retainer is bonded to the insides of your teeth and is not removable. This may be the sort for you if you are likely to forget to put the removable kind back in. You will need to keep it clean and make sure food doesn’t get trapped in it and cause decay.

The Hawley retainer is removable. A plastic section fits into the back of the teeth and a thin metal wire runs across the front. You may find it hard to speak with a Hawley retainer, to start.

Straighten your teeth in comfort

You can transform the appearance of your smile without having to wear an obtrusive realignment appliance in Luton. Invisalign is a popular treatment that straightens your teeth using transparent plastic aligners. It can be relatively speedy, as well as more discreet than other methods. At social occasions or business meetings, it can go unnoticed by all but the most inquisitive observers.

Customised and comfortable

The first stage of Invisalign in Luton is a conversation with the team at Vogue Dental Care. You can talk about how you’d like your smile to look when treatment is complete. If Invisalign is the right way to achieve the results you want, then we’ll take some detailed images of your mouth. The dental laboratory will then produce a series of clear plastic aligners, precisely moulded to your measurements.

During treatment, you’ll wear one set of these aligners for around 7-10 days, before moving on to the next set in the series. Because each of the aligners is a slightly different shape, your teeth will be gradually pressured into improved positions. You can easily remove the aligners from your mouth when you need to eat, or when it’s time to brush your teeth.

The overall duration of Invisalign in Luton will vary depending on the complexity of your needs. Typically, it can take 12-18 months to achieve significant results.

Long-term effects

After the aligners come off, you’ll probably have to wear a retainer while you sleep. This will make sure the teeth become stable in their new positions.

Straighter teeth are better for your health as well as your appearance. They do a more effective job of biting into your food and chewing it, so unnecessary strain on your jaw is reduced. They’re easier to keep clean, because there are fewer awkward spaces for bacteria and food particles to hide in. Plus, the improvement in your aesthetic appeal can lead to a boost in your overall confidence.

You’ll be enjoying these positive effects for many years after you’ve undergone Invisalign in Luton. It’s a temporary treatment that produces a lasting improvement in your dental positioning.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a new and almost invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Invisalign invisible braces in Luton use a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal or wires.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign invisible braces in Luton at Vogue Dental Care use innovative 3D computer imaging technology to accurately predict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position, from which a series of custom-made, clear aligners are produced. Each of these aligners moves the teeth gradually in small increments and will be worn for about 7-10 days. It is then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

An important factor in people’s choice of Invisalign is the fact that they are clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.

Invisalign invisible braces in Luton are also removable. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.

Invisalign is also comfortable. There are no metal brackets or wires as with braces to cause mouth irritation and no metal or wires means you spend less time in the dentist’s chair getting adjustments.

Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

How old is this technology?

In 1945, Dr H.D. Kesling envisioned that one-day modern technology would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive dental treatment. Technology has finally made his vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align created Invisalign, a series of customised clear appliances, called ‘aligners’. The patient sequentially wears each aligner to produce extensive tooth movements in both upper and lower arches over a shorter period than many traditional style fixed braces could achieve.

How many people have benefitted from Invisalign?

To date worldwide, over 4 million patients have been successfully treated with Invisalign. The number grows daily and even includes many A list celebrities, such as Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber and Khloe Kardashian.

Discreet, quick and easy: Invisalign in Luton

Getting your smile straightened has never been easier. Even as an adult, you can still correct your wonky teeth, in a discreet and simple way.

In Luton, Invisalign is a very popular treatment among adult patients. Four million people worldwide have benefited from this advanced dental technology. We know that having a quick, easy and hidden braces system is what our adult patients want, and for many, Invisalign in Luton is the solution.

How does it work?

Invisalign is a series of clear resin braces, much like a thin mouth guard. Our dentists at Vogue Dental Care use digital imaging technology to take a scan of your teeth and gums then create a 3D treatment plan that shows how the teeth will gradually move over the course of a few months, until they reached their desired end point.

We send away this plan to the Invisalign technicians in the US who then manufacturer all the aligners you will need for your course of treatment. You wear each set of braces for two weeks, then swap to the next set in the plan.

What are the benefits?

If you want to maintain an active social and professional life in Luton, Invisalign is a great solution:

  • the braces are clear so they can’t be seen, unless someone is really close up and examining your teeth;
  • they are removable, you can even take them out for an hour or two for a special occasion;
  • you can also remove them to eat and to clean – so no bits of food getting stuck in wire braces to contend with;
  • they are more comfortable than other kinds of braces. They are custom-made to fit your teeth and gums and there are no brackets or wires that could irritate your mouth;
  • they work more quickly than traditional braces (which can take up to two years);
  • they are cheaper because they require fewer check-ups throughout the process.

How long does it take?

It takes 9-18 months for a complete course of treatment, depending on the level of misalignment. Invisalign in Luton isn’t suitable for everyone so do come in for a consultation to find out if it could work for you.

Discreet ways to straighten your teeth

There are many different kinds of braces. You are probably familiar with the ‘train track’ ones, worn mostly by teenagers. As an adult, you may feel it’s too late to get your teeth straightened, or perhaps you just don’t want to go down the road of having such visible wires and brackets stuck to your teeth for two years.

Luckily, there are discreet solutions available in Luton. Invisible braces come in different forms.

Lingual braces

These are wire and bracket braces that are fixed to the back of the teeth, and so can’t been seen when you smile. They are custom-made and take about six weeks to produce. The dentist then cements them to your teeth for the course of the treatment, which can take up two years.

Tooth-coloured braces

You can have traditional braces made in clear or tooth-coloured materials to blend in with the teeth. Not entirely invisible, but certainly more discreet than metal wires. One brand that we use at Vogue Dental Care in Luton is Six Month Smiles. Not only discreet but, as the name suggests, also quick, the average treatment time being six months. This treatment focuses on the ‘social six’ front teeth.

Metal wire aligner

Again, though not totally invisible, all that can be seen is one thin metal wire across the front of the teeth. This works on the front teeth and is fast acting – it shows results in 6-18 weeks. It’s also removable and only has to be worn for 16-20 hours a day. Our dentists use the Inman aligner.

Clear aligners

If you really don’t want others to know you’re wearing invisible braces in Luton, these clear, removable aligners are the real deal. Clear aligners have no brackets or wires and are custom-made so they are comfortable and easy to maintain. You can take them out to eat, clean and even for the odd special occasion. We use Invisalign, a leading brand that has been used by 4 million patients worldwide.

Visit us today

Come into the surgery and find out how invisible braces in Luton can give your smile a boost.

Enhance dental function

Crowded or crooked teeth often look unappealing and can be difficult to clean. A misaligned bite can impair your dental function and put strain on your jaw. At Vogue Dental Care in Luton, Invisalign provides a solution to problems like these. Using sets of aligners made from transparent plastic, custom-moulded for comfort and efficiency, Invisalign will improve your dental positioning without attracting too much unwanted attention.

What happens when you choose Invisalign in Luton?

You’ll begin your treatment with a detailed consultation at the comfortable Vogue Dental Care practice. If Invisalign is the right way to achieve your desired improvements, we’ll take some detailed dental images, and work out a precise treatment plan.

A dental laboratory will then produce a series of aligners based on your specific measurements. They are carefully shaped to fit your teeth, and you’ll wear one of them for around two weeks, before exchanging it for the next in the series. The slightly different shape of each subsequent aligner will gently pressure your teeth into improved positions over the treatment’s duration.

In typical cases, it can take between 12-18 months to complete Invisalign in Luton. The exact length will depend on the complexity of your condition, and your dentist will let you know how long things will take before you commit to the treatment. After you’ve removed the final set of aligners, you’ll need to wear a retainer at night. This will help your teeth become securely fixed in their new positions.

Clear advantages

For adults in Luton, Invisalign is popular because the transparent plastic keeps it discreet. Compared to traditional wire-and-bracket braces, attached to the front of the teeth, Invisalign is barely noticeable. The aligners fit your teeth snugly, and you can take them out to brush your teeth and at mealtimes.

Once treatment is done, you’ll have straighter teeth that function more efficiently and are easier to keep clean. Your risk of gum disease and tooth decay will be lower, because there’ll be fewer awkward spaces in the mouth where bacteria and food particles can hide. Having Invisalign in Luton will transform your dental experience.