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What is the difference between traditional metal braces and Invisalign?

Both traditional metal braces and Invisalign work towards gaining the same results, however their strategies are different. They are both teeth straightening methods and can be conducted depending on our patients' preferences and complexity of their misalignment. Traditional metal braces involve the use of brackets and wires which are visible to the eye. These brackets and wires apply pressure to teeth in order to realign them into the desired position by being adjusted periodically. On the other hand, the Invisalign Golders Green process, also known as clear aligners, are transparent braces that are made from thermoplastic. These aligners apply specific force built into them which also moves the teeth into position, each aligner is changed every few weeks to continue the treatment. The main difference between traditional metal braces and Invisalign Golders Green is that one method is apparent and the other is discreet. Both are efficient and popular options and we at The Garden Dental Practice offer a number of orthodontic treatments. If you are considering any of these procedures, please contact our team who specialise in Invisalign Golders Green.

What are the steps taken in an Invisalign treatment process?

At The Garden Dental Practice we ensure we undertake every dental procedure with special care. Therefore we employ strict stages to receive the most desirable results with Invisalign and go through a series of 4 steps to gain them.

The initial step involves undergoing a care assessment, this is simply a step taken to see whether you are a suitable candidate for the Invisalign treatment.

Once our professional team has confirmed your suitability, an X-ray and dental impression will be taken of your teeth. Once this has been obtained a digital image of your teeth will be shown which demonstrates the treatment plan from start to finish.

Step 3 consists of our team giving a set of aligners to you for use every day. These aligners can be changed at home and taken out at any given time such as eating. It is normally recommended that the aligners will need to be changed every 2 weeks. Invisalign gives our patients the capability to wear their aligners for 22 hours a day due to their comfort. Invisalign also allows our patients to remove their invisible braces when eating hard food, so no dietary plans are necessary.

Our last step is making sure that you visit our practice regularly, every 4-6 weeks to see the gradual progress of the Invisalign journey and check that everything is on target. Once the treatment is over the dentist will recommend that you wear retainers, this is an important step after Invisalign.

The benefits of getting Invisalign braces

There are many good reasons why you should get Invisalign braces, as not only do they straighten the teeth, but fix other dental issues. Invisalign treats crowded teeth, deep bites, crossbites and many other issues. The treatment leaves our patients feeling confident and happy with their results, it boosts their self-esteem and allows them to interact and smile in different situational contexts with confidence.

The clear aligners are much more comfortable than metal brackets and benefit those with metal allergies. Since the aligner is made from smooth plastic it will fit in the mouth comfortably and discreetly. One of the main reasons why people opt for this alternative is due to the invisibility of the braces. Many patients want to go through the process without having to have an association with metal brackets. This is a perfect opportunity for those who wish to go through a treatment plan unnoticed.

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