When people think of braces, they usually think of unattractive metal wires and brackets. But what if you are no longer a teenager and you decide you would like to make some changes to your smile? Luckily, dentistry has advanced considerably, allowing patients of any age to correct their crooked teeth without having to rely on metal braces.
Nowadays, an increasing number of adults seeks teeth straightening treatment. Perhaps you didn’t wear braces as a child. Or maybe you weren’t quite diligent enough with wearing your retainer and your teeth have shifted over the years and you have become more self-conscious of your smile. Our experienced dentists at Vogue Dental Care can help you restore your confidence in your beautiful smile with invisible braces in Luton.
Invisalign consists of a series of clear, removable, custom-made aligners that straighten teeth without the use of metal or wires. Each aligner moves the teeth gradually into their right position.
Your dentist will use specialised software to demonstrate the complete treatment plan from the initial position of your teeth to their final, desired position. You will have to wear each set of aligners for at least one week, before proceeding to the next one.
Generally, Invisalign takes a bit longer than metal braces, but this depends on each individual case. A typical treatment with Invisalign will last about a year from start to finish. Commonly, you will go through 20-24 aligners in total during your treatment, but the treatment time and the number of aligners are customised for each patient.
Are invisible braces in Luton ideal?
Invisalign can address quite a few dental problems. Whether you need minor improvements or more extensive adjustments, you are probably a good candidate for Invisalign. The invisible braces are particularly ideal for treating moderately overcrowded or gapped teeth. Invisalign can also fix overbites, underbites and crossbites. However, Invisalign is not suitable for children, young adults or patients with very complex alignment cases.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is very gentle and not painful at all. And, since the aligners are removable, you can floss and brush your teeth normally. However, you must wear them at least 22 hours per day for effective treatment.
If you are reaching the final days of your treatment with invisible braces in Luton, you will be looking forward to showing off your new smile. However, your braces are only step one of the teeth realignment process.
Step 2 is equally important: you will need to be diligent and committed to this stage of treatment. Whilst wearing your brace, your teeth are guided into a new position, loosening the connective tissue around your roots, so once the brace is removed, your teeth need a gentle hand to hold them in place whilst your jawbone regrows, securing them into position. A retainer achieves this for you, as your dentist at Vogue Dental Care will discuss with you. So, here is an overview and round-up of what retainers do and the types we can offer you.
What are retainers and why will I need one?
Once your invisible braces in Luton is removed, a retainer replaces your brace, holding your teeth in their new position as your jawbone grows and resettles around this new position. Your jawbone will then take over from your retainer and the process of realignment is permanently completed. This whole process can take up to a year and you will need to be patient, diligent and thorough in the wearing, cleaning and maintenance of your retainer.
The retainer itself comes in various styles, these are vacuum-formed, fixed and Hawley.
Fixed retainers are great for anyone who has a very busy life and therefore possibly more at risk of forgetting to replace their retainer. These are fixed to the back of your teeth rendering them as invisible as your invisible braces in Luton. They require careful cleaning to ensure food particles do not clog your retainer, increasing the risk of decay.
This retainer is clear and fits snugly over your teeth, and are discreet in appearance. You do not need to wear them for eating and drinking.
These consist of a plastic section that fits to the back of the teeth and a thin wire that then goes across the front, holding your teeth in place. It is fully removable but can be difficult to speak with initially.
One of the big stresses when getting your teeth straightened is having to go into new situations with braces on your teeth. Meeting new people is hard enough for most of us, even when we think we are looking fantastic, let alone when we have teeth straightening devices in our mouths. We may be adults on the outside, but inside each of us is a gawky adolescent scared of being stared at and called brace face.
That’s why over the past couple of decades researchers have been on the case finding great solutions that allow people to straighten their teeth with minimum fuss. There is a now a good range of devices that we class as invisible braces. In Luton, here at Vogue Dental Care, we stock a good selection of invisible braces, so there should be one to suit your misalignment issues, your lifestyle needs and your budget. Let’s take a look at a few of them now:
Six Month Smiles
These look like the traditional braces we are familiar with. There are brackets and wires. The difference is that the brackets are made of clear ceramic and the wires are tooth-coloured. Once in place, these braces blend in with the teeth rather than obscuring them with metal. Designed for mild to moderate issues with the front 6-8 teeth, Six Month Smiles take 4-9 months to do their work.
A removable device that works on wonky front teeth by sandwiching them between 2 aligners bows that go in front of and behind the teeth. Treatment takes 6-8 weeks.
Transparent mouth guard-style aligners that have in-built pressure points that push the teeth into alignment. Progress is achieved by changing to a new aligner in a series every 7-10 days. The average treatment time for Invisalign is 12 months.
You will have to wear a retainer for some time after your treatment is complete to hold your teeth straight while the bone hardens around them.
Find out more
Come in and have a consultation to find out which invisible braces in Luton are the ones for you. Make this your year of straighter teeth.
One of our most popular kinds of invisible braces is Invisalign. This treatment consists of a series of custom-made, aligning trays that gradually move your teeth to their correct position over a designated period of time. You change the trays every 7-10 days to progress the treatment.
Invisalign aligners are especially suitable for adults who wish to transform their smile without the discomfort and disturbance of metal braces. At Vogue Dental Care we offer different packages for Invisalign invisible braces in Luton, to fit your age, individual needs and specific oral problem.
Straighten your teeth discreetly
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign relies on a clear aligner that gradually moves the teeth without being as bulky or obvious as metallic wires and brackets. Technically, Invisalign aligners are not entirely invisible, but they are the closest you can get to that.
Invisalign is customised
Every set of Invisalign aligners is different because different patients have different needs. Using 3D technology and modelling techniques, your dentist and the Invisalign laboratory will create a series of unique mouthpieces to help move your teeth smoothly and effectively to their desired positions.
Unlike metal braces, which are fixed to your teeth, Invisalign aligners are removable and can be taken out to eat, brush your teeth or take a picture. However, Invisalign treatment requires commitment since the aligners have to be worn at least 20 hours per day in order to be effective.
Invisalign is not for everyone
Generally, patients with mild dental problems make good Invisalign candidates, but for more complex problems, it may not be the appropriate solution. The only way to determine whether Invisalign treatment right for you, is to book an assessment with us.
Invisalign is safe for teenagers
Invisalign cannot be used by children because they have not developed their adult t teeth, nonetheless, it is safe for teenagers through Invisalign Teen, a slightly modified but equally effective version of Invisalign invisible braces in Luton.
Invisalign is not painful
Unlike metal braces, Invisalign is less painful because it exerts less pressure on your teeth. Although minor pain and sensitivity may occur even with Invisalign, it soon wears off.
If you have a sneaking suspicion that everyone can see that your teeth aren’t straight, you are probably right. You may be very self-conscious about your teeth and there’s a good reason for that. People are hardwired to look at each other’s smiles. So, when you smile, people really are looking at your teeth and making judgments about them.
It may seem mean and shallow of them, but evolution made us all focus on smiles. You see, back in the times when we didn’t speak so well, smiles were a way to convey important messages of intention. A big, wide, crinkly-eyed smile conveyed a message of friendliness and warmth. A sneery, teeth-baring grimace meant you were in serious trouble with an enemy.
Also, you could tell a lot by someone’s teeth. If they were white and gleaming it meant their owner was healthy. Rotting, dull, stumpy teeth meant you were near someone who wasn’t very well and you would do well to steer clear of them in case you picked up a life-threatening infection.
The fact that we still do this is why people are noticing your wonky teeth, and also why you don’t much fancy wearing braces. But you can get straighter teeth minus the embarrassment when you get invisible braces in Luton from us at Vogue Dental Care.
In Luton, invisible braces come in various styles, some more invisible than others, but all discreet and nothing like the great, chucky metal braces your parents had to wear in the 1970s and 80s.
Fixed invisible braces in Luton
These are a discreet version of the traditional metal braces. They have brackets but they are smaller and made of clear ceramic. There is one wire, and this is finer and covered in tooth-coloured material. These braces take 4-9 months to move wonky teeth, and deal only with those with one root, at the front of your mouth.
Removable invisible braces in Luton
Clear aligners from Invisalign take 12-24 months to realign mild to moderate problems. The Inman Aligner works on the front teeth only and can straighten them in only 6-18 weeks.
To find out more, come in for a consultation.
If you have been wondering whether invisible braces are the right treatment for you, then you may wish to know more about this treatment.
At Vogue Dental Care, we are certified providers of invisible braces in Luton. More specifically, we use Invisalign to help our patients regain their smile without changing their lifestyle. Treatment with invisible braces in Luton is comfortable and relaxing. Our experienced dentists will help you feel at ease during every stage of the treatment, providing as much information as possible on the steps involved.
First step – book your consultation
To ensure that you are a good candidate for invisible braces in Luton, you should undergo an Invisalign assessment. This will enable our dentists to determine if you can benefit from this treatment. Invisalign is a good match for many people – however, some limitations apply. Children and young teenagers are not eligible for this procedure. Moreover, patients with heavily crooked, twisted and misaligned teeth cannot benefit from Invisalign.
Second step – virtual treatment plan and Invisalign aligners
Once our dentists give you the green light to proceed with Invisalign, we will take digital impressions of your teeth, which we will send to the Invisalign laboratories. These impressions have a dual purpose – not only will they be used as a basis for the creation for your aligners, but also they will help your dentist to create a personalised treatment plan, where all the movements of your teeth will be detailed in advance.
The virtual treatment plan will help you see how your teeth will look at every stage of the treatment. Once your aligners are ready, your dentist will give them to you along with personalised instructions.
The number of Invisalign aligners that you will need to wear throughout your treatment depends on many factors including how complex your dental issue is. Usually, you will have one aligner for a week to 10 days.
Third step – enjoy the journey to your new smile
Invisalign aligners are very comfortable to wear and are very discreet since they are made of transparent plastic. Moreover, since they can be removed, you will be able to eat and clean your teeth as you normally would.
Even if your teeth are only slightly misaligned – maybe one or 2 are slightly twisted, or lean in or out, or are a tiny bit set back or forwards from the others – you can become so self-conscious about it. You may even feel the need to hold your hand over your mouth when you smile or laugh. Maybe you have perfected the art of smiling with your lips closed.
The reason for such self-consciousness is that human beings have evolved to be very aware of each other’s smiles. We use them to assess others for friendliness and health. In other words, for safety. We may not have to worry so much about disease or being attacked these days, but we still suss each other’s smiles out and we really do notice if other’s people’s teeth are damaged, discoloured or out of alignment and, if they are, we can tend to steer clear. We can’t help it.
But invisible braces in Luton from us at Vogue Dental Care can correct mild to moderate alignment issues without compromising your look. When you come in for an assessment with our braces dentists, we can develop a treatment plan that uses the right invisible braces in Luton for your alignment issues, your lifestyle and your budget.
Some braces are more invisible than others
Our range of invisible braces in Luton varies from the discreet to the almost completely unnoticeable. Some are removable and some fixed.
Fixed invisible braces in Luton
Six Month Smiles and Quick Straight Teeth use bracket and wire technology, but the brackets are made of clear ceramic and the fine wires are tooth-coloured. They work on the front 6-8 teeth, and are fixed in place, blending in with the teeth harmoniously.
Removable invisible braces in Luton
Invisalign clear aligners are ultra-thin clear plastic aligners that snap on over the teeth like mouth guards. They don’t interfere with speech and it takes a very hard stare to spot them once they are in place. They come out for eating and cleaning.
The Inman Aligner sandwiches the front teeth between 2 clear aligner bows and can straighten them in as little as 6 weeks.
Us Brits have a reputation for bad teeth, in the US, teeth straightening is de rigueur, with most adults entering the search for straight teeth. Beyoncé famously sported braces in her bid for smile perfection, so if it’s good enough for Beyoncé, should us Brits embrace it to? Although aesthetics may not be your only motivation for wanting straighter teeth, incorrect bite can cause jaw and muscle strain and headaches, it’s a motivational factor and one strong enough to get us past the fear of ‘metal mouth’.
It could then be a revelation to hear that whilst we’re worried about a mouth full of metal, it may not be necessary. In Luton, invisible braces offer the opportunity to correct alignment issues without compromising the way you look. At Vogue Dental Care, we have a great range of invisible options available to you.
In Luton, invisible braces are very much in vogue
After an initial consultation, we can look at the end result you desire and offer you a treatment including:
Invisalign is a great treatment for slow realignment of crooked teeth. Using clear, custom-made plastic teeth guards or trays that fit over your teeth, your teeth are guided over 12-18 months into a new position. These aligners are fully removeable and highly convenient. However, you may need corrective work that requires braces that fix in place.
Quick Straight Teeth
These clever braces use clear brackets and tooth coloured nickel-titanium wires that are invisible unless you’re standing in close proximity to someone. Usually worn for around six months, they can offer you great results without the look or feel of metal. However, if you’re wanting results quickly it might be worth investing in the Inman Aligner.
Although these are not strictly invisible, only a very thin metal wire that fits around the front of your teeth is visible. The advantage of these near-invisible aligners is they can offer results in as little as six weeks.
With these options it won’t be long before your showing our American cousins your perfect smile. In Luton, invisible braces are braces that can be embraced by everyone.
It sounds like a magic trick, a sleight of hand, but invisible braces in Luton are the real deal. At Vogue Dental Care we take great joy in showing our patients in need of teeth straightening just how discreet invisible braces are today. One of the leading brands that we provide is Invisalign. The name says is at all; it’s a portmanteau of invisible and alignment.
So how can you invisibly align your teeth? It involves some innovation, a good amount of discipline and the care and guidance of one of our dentists.
The innovation part
Invisalign invisible braces in Luton are only possible thanks to the innovation of 3D printing. They don’t involve metal brackets or wires but instead are a series of clear, plastic aligners, which are custom made to fit over your teeth. These aligners are printed in a lab in the USA and sent back to us here in Luton. Invisalign treatment involves you wearing each aligner for around 7-10 days, during which time specially designed pressure points within the aligners will push your teeth into straighter positions.
The discipline part
Your clear aligners will only stay clear if you take them out whenever you eat or drink anything other than plain water. You’ll need to give your teeth a clean before you pop your aligners back in after a meal and you’ll also need to rinse your aligners every day to remove any residue that may have built up on them. To make sure your treatment with these invisible braces in Luton runs to schedule you will need to make sure that you wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day.
The dentist part
When you come in to see us for invisible braces in Luton, we’ll thoroughly examine your teeth to check that Invisalign is a suitable treatment for you. In general, it works well for adults with mild-to-moderate misalignment issues. We’ll then take impressions of your teeth so that your aligners can be carefully designed using special computer-imaging software. We’ll track your progress throughout your treatment and make sure you are happy with how things are going.
Invisible braces in Luton might sound like science fiction, but at Vogue Dental Care we know it to be very much science fact. Invisible braces aren’t strictly completely invisible, as that would make them rather hard to fit but they are so close to invisible that when you’re wearing them, onlookers won’t be able to spot them.
What are invisible braces?
One of the most popular brands of invisible braces in Luton, which we provide to our patients, is Invisalign. Its power of invisibility comes from the fact that it is not made of metal but clear plastic instead. These custom-made 3D printed aligners fit snugly over your teeth and push them into alignment.
Their clear design makes them ideal for adults who don’t want to let on that they are wearing braces but still crave a straighter set of teeth. Being removable is another bonus of Invisalign in Luton. You take them out to brush, floss and at mealtimes, so you don’t need to spend ages in the bathroom picking out food trapped between your teeth and your braces. This also means your dental health is more likely to stay in good shape during the course of your treatment.
Invisalign isn’t just a timesaver when it comes to time spent cleaning your teeth. You’ll also need fewer visits than with traditional fixed metal braces as we don’t need to adjust any wires to keep your treatment on track. That’s all taken care of with the careful design of pressure points within your aligners.
Is Invisalign right for you?
Invisalign is suitable for most adults with mild to moderate misalignments. Crooked, crowded, slightly rotated or gappy teeth can all be fixed with these clear aligners. More complex issues will however need alternative treatment, which we are more than happy to discuss with you so you can find the right kind of braces for your dental health and your lifestyle.
Come and see us
If invisible braces in Luton sounds like the ideal treatment for you, get in touch with our friendly team today. We’ll book you in for a teeth straightening consultation and find out if Invisalign can work in your case.