Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Luton clear aligners has become more common in our clinic particularly with adult patients. It’s not surprising, as this significant orthodontic treatment can be performed with minimal impact to your everyday life. Let’s find out more about what it’s like to use clear aligners.
Clear aligners are transparent; you wear them over your teeth, where they gradually push your teeth into a new position. Because each aligner is only used for a few weeks as part of a set of aligners that make up the total duration of the treatment, they can be less bulky and obtrusive than the traditional metal brace.
Growth and popularity driven by their convenient and celebrity use means our dentists find themselves having to give people a more realistic perspective of aligners. Although very powerful and useful, they are not universally appropriate. The amount of force that can be generated from a brace is far greater. If your treatment involves having to alter the position of molars, extend the palate or bridge of the mouth itself, aligners will not be useful. That said, for the majority of patients and all cosmetic orthodontic work, aligners are likely to be useful, effective and often cheaper than a brace.
How does it work?
During your initial assessment you’ll be able to discuss what your final goals are with our dentist and have the starting positions of your teeth assessed, along with their general health and tooth condition. We will conduct a set of X-rays in order to check the health of your roots. If there are no further complications and aligners are deemed as suitable to you, you can go on immediately to the next stage of aligner fitting!
Unlike the standard brace, where the fitting process takes up to an hour and can be quite distressing, it only takes a few minutes to be fitted for an aligner. It involves taking an intra-oral scan of your teeth that is used to build a 3D model. From this 3D model, your aligners design is fabricated.
Getting the aligners
When your Invisalign Luton aligners are ready, we will contact you and then, you’ll be able to collect from the clinic and begin your treatment cycle. It is strongly recommended that you wear your aligners as often as possible. The minimum is considered 22 hours a day in order to progress as expected. Wearing them less can significantly extend your treatment time.
Throughout the treatment we would like to see you every 4-6 weeks, just to check up on how things are going and address any issues early. Depending on how treatment has gone at the end of aligner use, a retainer may be required in order to keep your teeth in their new positions.
We usually see treatment completed in 6 to 18 months but as there is a wide range of orthodontic conditions with a lot of variation between them, you would have to come in for an assessment before we could give a more accurate treatment length relevant to you. If you have any further questions about Invisalign Luton please feel free to get in contact with the clinic.