What most adults are looking for in terms of teeth straightening in the 21st century is for the treatment to be as quick as possible, as painless as possible, and as discreet as possible.
Adults have different needs from teenagers because they are at work, not school, where a significant percentage of students are wearing braces. Indeed, braces can be a badge of honour, a rite of passage of adolescence and kids can be proud to be seen wearing them. Many young teenagers don’t mind at all if their braces are of the heavy duty train track variety, and make their braces even brighter and more noticeable by adding coloured wires and bands.
Most adults, on the other hand, will be wearing braces at work. Their jobs may involve dealing with members of the public, or being in a managerial position, or some other work that requires an air of gravitas and professionalism. That’s hard to do if your teeth are covered in equipment symbolic of the early teens. So, for adults, the less visible their braces, the better.
That’s why at Orpington Dental Care in Orpington, braces are almost invisible and not even braces at all, when you wear Invisalign.
What is Invisalign all about?
Invisalign has ditched the fixed bracket and wire straightening systems for clear plastic aligners, which more closely resemble mouth guards than braces. Invisalign aligners are 3D printed from detailed measurements made with digital scanning and sometimes traditional impressions. Instead of incrementally moving the teeth by tightening wires through brackets, you get a series of 12–48 aligners. Each one moves your teeth one tiny step along the way towards alignment.
The aligners are so thin and fit so snugly over your teeth, that it is almost impossible to see them. You get to go about your daily business and get your teeth straightened with no one being any the wiser.
The other big plus about Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. You just take them out to eat and clean your teeth.
To find out more about braces in Orpington, and which of our systems is best suited to your need, why not call us up for a consultation?