Traditionally, within the field of dentistry, conventional metal braces have been used in order to address some of the most severe cases of dental misalignment, as well as irregular spacing of teeth, and front protrusion of teeth (commonly referred to within the field of dentistry as an ‘overbite’). Despite this however there is now a growing dental market for more discreet orthodontic alternatives, one popular example of which is Invisalign in Weybridge, which has provided patients with over four million new smiles worldwide.
How does Invisalign compare to traditional metal braces?
Despite traditional metal braces producing undeniably effective dental results within the modern dental market, many patients may view these appliances as unsightly, and may therefore wish for something far more discreet, such as clear aligners. Traditional metal braces use a combination of both metal brackets and wires, in order to encourage the teeth to move into a straighter, and therefore preferred position within the mouth.
So how do clear aligners compare?
Both traditional metal braces and clear aligner trays work to apply pressure to alter the positioning of the teeth, therefore producing a straighter smile for the patient. Despite both appliances striving for the same result, they use alternative approaches. Conventional metal braces primarily rely on metal wires, pulling teeth, however clear aligner trays are made from a transparent plastic material and are replaced every week (or two!) in order to slowly encourage the teeth to move into the desired dental position by gentle force.
What to expect from the clear aligner treatment process
Clear aligners are undeniably popular within the field of dentistry and may be the first thing that comes to mind when patients hear the words ‘invisible braces’, despite their increasing popularity within the field of orthodontic dentistry however, many patients may be unaware of what to expect from the treatment process.
Taking the first step towards your dream smile
Much like any dental treatment, clear aligners always start with an initial consultation. During this introductory appointment, a dental healthcare professional will determine with the patient whether clear aligners are right for their unique dental case, in addition to taking digital three dimensional impressions of the teeth, which removes the need for unpleasant and messy putty.
So what happens next?
Once the patient and the dental team have decided that Invisalign clear aligners could work well for their individual dental case, the treatment process can commence! Invisalign at many modern and accommodating dental clinics now embraces the latest advancements within dental technology, the ClinCheck digital impression system not only works to digitally design the clear aligner trays, however it can also be used to predict the exact movements the patient’s teeth will make towards their dream smile!
For patients who are feeling apprehensive regarding their initial appointment
Within the field of dentistry, dental anxiety is often experienced by patients of all ages and not just children. If you are an individual who is feeling nervous prior to your initial consultation, then it is important to remember that you are not alone and dental practitioners are only too happy to discuss ways of alleviating any anxieties you may have.