Crooked, crowded or gappy teeth can all be treated with Invisalign. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear plastic aligners that sequentially move the teeth each time you change them. Many dentists have trained in Invisalign treatment, including Graham Tinkler in London. He was one of the first dentists to receive Platinum Elite status for Invisalign treatment.
Your Invisalign dentist will first correct your smile on a digital model of your teeth and then a computer will calculate the sequence and speed of tooth movements to be incorporated into custom-made aligners. These aligners fit tightly over your teeth. You wear each set of aligners for 2 weeks, for at least 22 hours a day and then move on to the next set.
When you use them, the plastic puts pressure on your teeth, causing them shift until they fit comfortably into the aligner. Then its time to move onto the next set of aligners and the process continues until your teeth are in the straightened positions your dentist prescribed at the beginning of your treatment.
Depending on the condition of your teeth and the level of improvement you wish to make, you can have as few as 7 or as many as 70 aligners during your treatment. Overall, it’s an easy and effective treatment for patients. Just put your aligners in and watch the magic happen. No metal braces needed and you can take them out when eating, brushing, flossing, or for an important meeting. This means there is minimal impact on your lifestyle. However it does require a commitment to wear your aligners every day for as long as possible, in order for the treatment to be effective and complete within the expected time frame.
Is Invisalign just for adults?
Invisalign have various models, making them suitable for several age groups and differing dental problems. For minor changes, there is Invisalign I7 and Invisalign Lite. There is even an option for teenagers. They feature blue wear-indicators, which fade from blue to clear. This is so the parent and the teen can make sure they have been worn for the correct amount of time. Invisalign is not suitable for young children.