Thanks to Invisalign, it is now possible for a dentist to straighten adults’ teeth without anyone other than patient and dentist knowing about treatment, and without the need to wear a fixed appliance. There are many clear aligner systems on the market for adult tooth straightening, but at Bow House in Hertfordshire we believe that Invisalign is often the best option, because it can treat a more complex range of issues than some cosmetic brace systems, or more specifically targeted appliances.
We are always keen to tell you about the additional health benefits of teeth straightening treatment at our Hertfordshire dental practice. It can be hard to clean your teeth effectively when there are gaps or areas that you find tricky to reach with a toothbrush or interdental brush.
By using Invisalign to close gaps and improve alignment, you will reduce these areas where dental plaque may be prone to collecting, your Hertfordshire dentist can reduce your risk of both gum disease and tooth decay – as long as you attend regular dental check-ups and see the hygienist at our Hertfordshire practice as frequently as advised, of course.
Furthermore, whilst it can take a little time to learn how to practise good oral hygiene when wearing a fixed brace, there are no special techniques or tools required for cleaning your teeth whilst you are being treated with Invisalign. That’s because the aligners are removable – the idea is that you take them out to eat, to drink, to clean, and to brush and floss your teeth as normal. It really is that simple.
How Invisalign treatment works
Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth and your dental situation. They are carefully crafted out of clear plastic, and fit so closely over your teeth that they are invisible to the untrained eye.
You change your aligner every fortnight as your teeth move. The number of aligners you will need and the length of your treatment will depend upon the type and amount of correction required. Your Hertfordshire dentist will advise you on both these things at your initial Invisalign consultation.