Four million and counting

Since it first came on the market in 1997, Invisalign has had more than four million happy users; people whose smiles are now beautiful and straight and in use all day, every day.

At Orpington Dental, we love seeing how happy our patients are when they find out there is a way to get their teeth straightened that doesn’t involve having to give up their favourite foods or walk round looking like a railway station for a couple of years.

Invisalign in OrpingtonThey also love the whole digital age process, from the scanning to produce pinpoint accurate pictures of their teeth on the screen to how they can actually watch how their teeth will move to reach alignment. There’s nothing like seeing the end-point before you begin to inspire you to make this commitment to yourself.

More than looking lovely

Committing to straightening your teeth is about a whole lot more than looking fabulous. Straight teeth are also much easier to keep clean. There are fewer nooks and crannies for plaque to hide away and build up, causing decay and gum disease. When you have straight teeth, you have a much higher chance of being able to hang on to them for your whole life and avoid the hassles and expense of replacement teeth in later life.

How Invisalign in Orpington works

Invisalign uses mouth guard-like aligners that are 3D printed from clear, rigid plastic. You snap them into place over your top or bottom teeth, or both. Precisely placed pressure bumps inside the aligners gently press on your teeth, persuading them to shift out of the way to relieve the pressure. You wear each set of aligners for 7-10 days, by which time the pressure will have worn off. When it has, you put the next set of aligners in. These nudge your teeth a bit further along the path to alignment, and so on, until your teeth are straight. This takes, on average, a year.

You take your aligners out to eat and to clean your teeth, and as you must wear them for 20-22 hours a day, you’ll probably find you cut out a lot of snacking and may even lose weight. A double bonus.

A clearer way to straight teeth

There have been some amazing steps forward in dental treatments and techniques in the last 20 or so years, nowhere more so than in the area of braces.

It started in the 1980s, when film stars, models and royals suddenly started having super bright, sparkling, white smiles. If you watch movies from the 1970s and before, hardly anyone has perfect teeth.

Now you can have lovely teeth too, and the best treatment to start with is clear braces at Orpington Dental Care in Orpington.

Clear Braces in OrpingtonClear braces are great for sorting out overcrowded, gappy or crooked teeth. These problems are mild compared with problems with the bite, but they still make people so self-conscious that they cover up their smiles with their hands, or refuse to have their photo taken.

We offer two forms of clear braces in Orpington.

Invisalign

Invisalign invisible aligners are a series of incrementally different, very thin, clear plastic trays. They are 3D printed to fit your measurements precisely and fit snugly over your teeth to gradually guide them into a new position. You will probably need between 12 and 48 aligners, wearing each one until the teeth have moved, which takes about two weeks, before the next Invisalign tray gently moves them on again. The great thing about Invisalign, and what makes it so popular, is that the aligners can be removed. You take them out to clean them, and also to eat, drink, or even attend important business or social occasions. However, you must wear them for at least 20 hours a day to stay on track with your treatment.

Six Month Smiles

This brand of clear braces uses clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires that are fixed to the teeth to gently move them into a straighter position. This system is aimed at moving the front six ‘social’ teeth, and not for bite correction, which is why the average treatment time is only six months. The fact that this system uses translucent brackets and tooth-coloured wire means people have to be looking carefully to spot them.

Why not come in for a free consultation to find out which system of clear braces will work for you?

Invisalign: straighten your teeth without braces in Orpington

Teeth straightening is a big decision that affects not only your appearance, but your lifestyle as well. As an adult, you may have missed on metal braces when you were younger or you may have developed crooked or misaligned teeth after your childhood. Either way, you can now straighten your teeth without having to wear metal braces, with Invisalign. This innovative treatment provides an easy, quick, safe and effective way to straighten your teeth without putting your life on hold.

At Orpington Dental in Orpington, Invisalign is a great choice for patients who are searching for a more discreet teeth straightening option. However, Invisalign doesn’t make the best choice for correcting all types of misalignment. Our experienced dentists will examine your teeth and help you decide whether Invisalign is the right treatment for you.

Invisalign Braces in OrpingtonUnderstanding Invisalign

Invisalign straightens your teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners, which are custom-made with the aid of 3D technology specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner with the next one in the series every two weeks, your teeth will move gradually towards their final position. Unlike regular braces that require frequent appointments for adjustments, Invisalign will not have a major impact on your schedule and lifestyle.

Benefits of Invisalign

Unlike traditional braces that use metal brackets and wires to straighten teeth, Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic and fit snugly over your teeth and gums. They are transparent therefore no one will notice that you are undergoing treatment. You can carry on with your normal activities and professional commitments without having to worry about what people will think of your teeth straightening.

Secondly, Invisalign clear braces are removable. Although you have to wear them at least 22 hours per day for effective treatment, you can take them out for eating as well as for brushing and flossing your teeth.

While it’s true that your properly aligned teeth will give you more reasons to keep smiling, teeth straightening is also important for your oral and overall health. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and healthy. This way, you can avoid gum disease, jaw problems and sleep apnoea.

Explore your options

To find out if Invisalign is the right treatment for you, contact our practice and schedule an appointment with our friendly dental team.

Transform your smile

Are you sick of looking in the mirror and disliking the smile in the reflection? Have you had years of hiding your teeth? Well that time is up, we at Orpington Dental Care are here to help. Here in Orpington, braces are no longer a word that evokes fear of pain and an unsightly smile. We offer Invisalign braces to enhance not just your smile but your confidence.

What are Invisalign braces?

Invisalign is an innovative new technique designed to take away the discomfort of traditional braces. It is a system designed to realign teeth to give you the A-List celebrity smile you have been craving. Our braces are completely clear so no-one even needs to know you are wearing them. Imagine a life free of unappealing fixed braces. We have taken steps to provide Invisalign braces at an affordable price, so more adults can look forward to straighter teeth.

How do they work?invisalign-braces-orpington

Our qualified dentists will take impressions of your teeth to create a custom-made series of aligners that snugly fit over your teeth. With Invisalign braces in Orpington, we will even be able to show you what your teeth will look like after your treatment is complete, thanks to 3D imaging technology.

Invisalign aligners gradually reposition your teeth over a period of between 6 to 18 months. Times vary depending on how diligently you wear your aligners and how much shifting your teeth need.

The aligners are removable so there is no need to worry about having them in for your big night out, they can be removed and replaced in seconds. As well all these benefits Invisalign braces in Orpington are also currently the most hygienic and comfortable braces available. To clean your teeth, simply take them off.

Invisalign offers you freedom you just do not get from other braces. Orpington Dental Care can even offer you treatment to fit your budget, meaning not only are Invisalign braces almost invisible but they are affordable too.

So, why wait, contact Orpington Dental Care today and speak to one our friendly team members for your initial consultation with our highly trained and experienced dentists.

What is the invisible secret in cosmetic orthodontics?

If it has been a while since you explored options for enhancing your smile then it may be time to pay a visit to Orpington Dental. We want to talk to you about the many options we have for getting you closer to the look you want.

invisalign-in-OrpingtonWhen it comes to teeth straightening, there is one treatment in particular that has now been used to treat over four million people. While we don’t want to keep it a secret, you could if you wanted to because it is so discreet. We offer Invisalign in Orpington to clients who want to align their teeth for good without compromising their look in the meantime.

How does Invisalign in Orpington work?

One of our team is waiting to go through the full process with you and show you just what Invisalign looks like. However, there is some general information we can tell you about it right now.

When you first decide to get Invisalign, your dentist will take an accurate picture of your mouth to allow your braces to be custom made for you. We send the details off to our partners and they send a set of aligners back to our clinic in Orpington. Invisalign ensure that your series of aligners will make the adjustments you want gently and slowly but in a shorter overall time than you might imagine.

Gradual movement

You take the aligners home and wear your first one for two weeks ensuring that you have it in place for a minimum of 22 hours per day. When you wear it, you might initially experience some mild discomfort. This is an inevitable part of moving teeth and it will subside. In the meantime, you can take painkillers to mitigate the effect if you wish to.

After the required interval, you can then swap this aligner for the next one in the series. Your teeth will have adapted to the first one by moving almost imperceptibly. The next one will cause them to move again. In this way, and with regular visits to the dentist, you will gradually move towards to the result you want.