Invisible braces. It’s sounds like an oxymoron. How could braces that need to forcibly shift teeth into alignment possibly be so svelte in design that they appear invisible? With 3D printing technology and specially designed clear plastic materials, that’s how. Invisible braces in Barnsley are a product of continued advances in dental technology.
Modern dental practices offering invisible braces in Barnsley, such as PDC Dental, often opt for Invisalign, a leading brand when it comes to discreet teeth straightening. This gives adult patients the chance to enhance their smiles without the metal mouth look of traditional fixed metal braces.
Getting Started With Invisalign
Before patients can begin treatment with invisible braces in Barnsley, they need to consult an accredited Invisalign dentist to determine whether this is the most appropriate treatment for their teeth. In general, Invisalign works best for mild to moderate misalignments of the teeth. More complex misalignments can be resolved with other discreet adult braces.
Once given the go ahead for Invisalign treatment, patients will have detailed 3D models of their teeth created using 3D imaging technology. This information will be sent to the Invisalign laboratory in the USA where the aligners are made. Each patient receives a series of custom-made aligners, with each aligner representing one step along their journey towards straighter teeth. Each aligner is worn for 7-10 days, after which it is swapped for the next in the series. Total treatment time takes, on average, a year, with check-ups along the way for the dentist to ensure everything is going to plan.
Living With Invisalign
One of the biggest draws of these invisible braces in Barnsley, aside from their almost invisible appearance, is that they are removable. In fact, the aligners must always be removed when eating or drinking anything except plain water. This is to prevent them from discolouring. The aligners should also be removed for brushing and flossing. At all other times, it is advised that the aligners stay in. Wearing them for at least 20-22 hours a day is the best way to ensure effective treatment. Patients should also remember to clean their aligners every day and clean their teeth before they put their aligners back on.