Barely there braces

What most of our patients who have wonky teeth want is to be able to get them straightened without having to go through an ordeal of months and months of feeling self-conscious every time they open their mouths to smile or talk. Wearing braces is to be expected of teenagers, so we don’t pay them much attention, but seeing an adult with braces on is much more unusual and people can get rather fascinated by them and forget not to stare.

It may only be a few minutes of gazing for the beholder, but for the braces wearer, who may have to endure being stared at many times a day, it can be excruciatingly uncomfortable. That’s why, at Vogue Dental Care, we are accredited providers of Invisalign in Luton, a way of straightening teeth that avoids having to have brackets and wires fixed to them.

Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign in Luton uses ultra-thin (0.3mm), clear plastic mouth guard-style aligners, which snap on over your teeth and pretty much disappear from view. These are great if you are self-conscious, or if you have a public-facing job that means you will be face-to-face with lots of different people every day.

In Luton, Invisalign aligners work by having pressure points built in to the aligners. Once we have detailed measurements of your teeth and have worked out how they need to move to become aligned, a series of aligners are 3D printed for you. Each one, which you will wear for about 7-10 days, will nudge your teeth one tiny step closer to their correct position. It’s hard to say how many you will need, but, on average, treatment takes a year.

As well as being almost invisible, Invisalign has the advantage of being removable. You take your aligners out every time you want to eat, or to drink something other than plain water. This may sound like a hassle, but they pop out pretty easily with a removal tool, and you still have the freedom to eat whatever you want. You must wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day to stay on track with your treatment schedule.