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There is a solution to having straighter teeth without having to wear metal braces. Known as invisible orthodontics, this type of treatment offers you the choice of wearing a clear and removable appliance while straightening and aligning your teeth.
This is often a favourable option for adults who have professional careers and don't feel comfortable wearing unsightly 'train track' braces for months on end. The technology behind invisible orthodontics is highly advanced and often gives patients a much shorter treatment time, depending on their individual cases.
Benefits of this type of treatment include having teeth straightened in a generally shortened period of time, straighter teeth and alignment of your top and bottom jaws. You can also enjoy the benefit of your braces being hidden, making you feel less self-conscious when socialising or speaking in public. With removable devices you can also take them out to eat or for special occasions, so they fit around your lifestyle.
It is important to remember that straighter teeth are healthier teeth. When your bite is properly aligned and your teeth are straightened, there are less gaps and areas for food to get trapped and plaque to build up on the teeth, causing decay. In that sense, invisible orthodontics is a long-term investment in your oral health.
There is a solution to having straighter teeth without having to wear metal braces, invisible orthodontics! This type of treatment offers you the choice of wearing a clear and removable appliance while straightening your teeth. You wear each aligner for 1-2 weeks and move onto the next one, so your teeth move little by little, week by week.
This is often a favourable option for adults who have professional careers and don't feel comfortable wearing unsightly 'train track' braces for months and want the flexibility of being able to take them out for special occasions. The technology behind invisible orthodontics is highly advanced and often gives patients a much shorter treatment time, depending on their individual cases and what they want achieved.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhy might I need orthodontic treatment?
Common reasons for having orthodontic treatment are:
- To improve the appearance of the teeth and face.
- To improve the health of the teeth and gums i.e. straight teeth are easier to keep clean
- To improve function i.e. misplaced teeth can accelerate toothwear
- To facilitate restorative treatment i.e. implant, veneers, crown and bridge work.
- Combined orthodontics and orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) in adult patients who?have finished growth.
The demand for adult orthodontics is increasing especially when now we can offer more aesthetically pleasing appliances.
Age is not limiting factor for having an orthodontic treatment, however it is important that you have a full comprehensive consultation before commencing the treatment to ensure your dental health is stable.
It is likely that your teeth will be tender for 3-5 days each time you progress to the next aligner. If necessary, painkillers such as the ones you normally take for headaches may help (always read the instructions).How much do I need to wear my aligners?
You are required to wear your aligners a minimum of 23 hours per day. It is important you follow these instructions in order for the treatment to work effectively.Can I eat normally?
Yes! you will be able to eat normally. The aligner will need to be removed for eating and drinking. If you have attachments (discrete white filling beads on the teeth to help the tooth movements) then it is best to avoid hard and sticky foods to prevent them from breaking and complicating the treatment progress.How else will it affect me?
Your speech may be different over the first few days after the fit of the initial aligner. Practice speaking with the aligner in place so your speech will return to normal.
You may also find you produce extra saliva. This is normal and will quickly pass.
- Brush your teeth 3 times a day for at least 3 minutes using fluoride toothpaste.
- Use a daily alcohol free fluoride mouthwash at least 20 min after brushing
- Clean you aligner using your toothbrush and small amount of toothpaste every time you take it in and out.
- Once a week use RETAINER BRITE -follow the instructions on the box.
You will need regular appointments (usually every 4-6 weeks) during treatment to monitor the progress.What happens if I lose or damage my aligner?
Please call the Practice immediately for an appointment. Please note that there will be a charge and possible delay of the treatment.Aligner Insertion
- Each aligner is trimmed by hand so if you find a rough area this can be gently polished using a nail file.
- Each aligner is engraved with the stage number on the molar teeth (e.g. U02 meaning upper aligner number 2).
- Ensure the aligner is seated down correctly over all of your teeth. Do not bite your aligners into position as this may damage them.
Always put the aligners into the box provided if you are not wearing them. Placing them into your pocket or a tissue will only result in the aligners being lost or damaged which will incur a re-placement charge.How long will I have to wear the retainers?
For as long as you want to keep your new smile, which means for an indefinite period of time. Depending on each case your dentist will recommend a customised retainer regime. Please follow this carefully to ensure you do not get any relapse.