What to expect during treatment with Invisalign in Golders Green
Invisalign Golders Green is one of the many treatments for getting a smile which sparkles that we offer here at The Garden Dental Practice. This is a guide for any patient considering Invisalign Golders Green. Here, we explain what the treatment is as well as outlining what can be expected before, during and after it is completed.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign Golders Green is a means of straightening the teeth. It is a type of brace that comes in the form of trays that slip over the teeth. The trays are called aligners and they are made from very soft plastic that is completely transparent. This makes them invisible, which is one of the main reasons that these braces are so popular with patients of all ages.
Who is a suitable candidate for Invisalign?
The best way to find out about suitability for clear braces is to make an appointment with us. We can examine the position of the teeth and explain which treatment will work best.
However, many patients find that Invisalign is the right choice for them. This is often true for teenage patients who are self-conscious and adults who do not want their colleagues to know that they are having their teeth straightened.
Before we can create the tailor-made braces for the individual patient, we need a complete record of their teeth. This involves a physical examination, photos and X-rays. We also give our patients a digital scan to allow us to create an exact copy of the position of their teeth. Once this has been completed, we then send the results away so that the clear aligners can be made for our patient on a customised basis.
Getting the braces
We invite the patient to come to our surgery when the first set of aligners is ready. They are shown how to put them in and how to take them out. We also give advice and offer the patient an opportunity to ask questions or tell us about any concerns they may have.
The first few days
During the first few days, the patient may experience some discomfort as they get used to wearing the braces. Fortunately, this is easily made better by taking commonly available painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.
Get a new set
The straightening that occurs with invisible braces is the result of changing the aligners regularly. A new set is issued once per week or fortnight, depending on the needs of the patient. Each one applies gentle pressure to the teeth to guide them into the desired position.
Eat as normal
Invisalign patients can eat whatever they like during treatment. This is because the aligners are removed for mealtimes. It is important to be vigilant about oral hygiene and to brush the teeth thoroughly after each meal before putting the trays back in. This ensures that bits of food do not get trapped between the teeth and the braces.
Wear a retainer
Most patients are advised by us to wear a retainer at night after treatment has been completed. This helps to maintain the position of the teeth.