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Who is best suited to Invisalign?

Here at The Garden Dental Practice, we work with all our patients to get the best results from our choice of treatments for better oral health and a great smile. One of those treatments is Invisalign Golders Green, a means of improving the smile cosmetically and of improving the condition of the teeth and gums. Here we explain what Invisalign involves and the type of patient who is likely to gain the most benefit from choosing to straighten their teeth in this manner.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign Golders Green is a particular trade name for invisible braces. It is a treatment for correcting teeth that are misaligned using clear trays of soft plastic, known as aligners. The patient is given a new set of aligners every few weeks and each set gently helps to move the teeth into their desired position.

Types of misalignment

Invisalign Golders Green can be used to treat various types of misalignment. This includes teeth that are protruding, crooked or overcrowded. Every patient is different, so there are some cases in which clear aligners will not be the most appropriate form of treatment.

The best way to find out whether Invisalign is suitable is to make an appointment with us so that we can assess the position of the teeth. If it turns out that the patient is not a good candidate, then we will be able to make other recommendations that can help them to get the best possible smile.

The self-conscious teenager or adult

Being a teenager is not easy. There are various pressures in terms of school and home life, and worrying about what peers think is often something that preoccupies the mind. For the teenager who is already concerned about their appearance because their teeth are not as straight as they would like, the idea of getting traditional braces is something that makes them feel nervous.

The adult who did not get the opportunity to have their teeth straightened in their youth may feel anxious about the idea of their friends and work colleagues knowing that they are having orthodontic treatment.

For both these types of patients, invisible braces present an ideal solution. They are completely undetectable by others. This means that the patient can get the smile they want whilst keeping their treatment to themselves during the process.

The person with a little self-discipline

Having a smile improved using clear aligners is a treatment that is very efficient, but in order to get the best results the patient must exercise a little self-discipline. The braces are not permanent fixtures and are easily removable. In fact, they should be removed for mealtimes. They can also be taken out for occasions such as playing a wind instrument or engaging in contact sports.

However, because the aligners can be taken out, there can be a temptation to do so at every opportunity. For example, the patient who is a frequent snacker may find themselves removing the braces several times in a day. This will mean that they do not get the best possible results. In order to get the smile looking as good as possible, the braces should be worn for most of every day. That usually means around 22 out of every 24 hours.

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