If you need to have your teeth straightened due to misalignment, spacing or overcrowding it can be very off -putting to be faced with 12 to 18 months worth of metal mouth smiles. Although conventional braces do work very well they are also very unsightly.
Invisible alternative to metal braces
Thanks to modern technology there are now a number of ways you can undergo tooth straightening without having to have a mouth full of obvious metal. One of the best ways to achieve a straighter, healthier looking smile is by using Invisalign braces.
What are Invisalign braces?
Invisalign braces are a series of removable clear aligners that are used to gently re-position your teeth. Anyone can use this type of brace and because they are made from clear plastic they are almost impossible to see. Generally unless you tell someone you are wearing them they will not know you are undergoing treatment.
How long does treatment take?
The average treatment time is the same as it is for conventional metal braces, around 12 to 18 months. The aligners will need to be worn for at least 21 hours every day, however they can be removed for special events and whilst eating and drinking.
Do they hurt?
It is common for there to be some discomfort for the first few days whilst the mouth adjusts to them. However they will not damage your gums or cheeks in any way as they are carefully moulded and smooth. The only thing you will feel on a contestant basis is the sensation of slight pressure on the teeth. This is normal and means that they are working.
Are there any side effects to having Invisalign braces?
As with any braces the speech may be affected for a few days. Once the mouth has become accustom to them this will settle itself out and everything should be back to normal within a few days to a week at the most.