Have you been thinking about what your post-lockdown goals are? Perhaps you’re after a fresh statement haircut, a wardrobe overhaul, or maybe it’s your smile you’re looking to give some TLC, by seeking to correct crooked and misaligned teeth. If so, you’re in the right place. Here at Corner House Dental in Norwich, we’re thrilled to be using the cutting-edge Invisalign clear aligners system, which offers patients something a little different to a traditional brace….
Tell me more about how Invisalign is different to brace
The first thing to know about Invisalign, is that actually, it isn’t a brace – it’s an aligner system. You are responsible for changing your aligners at home every 2 weeks, and these are easily removable – they’re just like a mouthguard you might wear for contact sports, or a retainer.
Invisalign was designed to fill the gap in the market for adults who wanted to straighten their teeth. Fast forward on since 1999, the Invisalign brand has helped over 10 million people to achieve a better-looking and healthier smile – remember that braces aren’t just to make your teeth look good, they render them easier to brush which will help to protect your oral hygiene and health in the long term. Having overlapping and misaligned teeth in the long term could end up costing you emotionally and financially, as you’re more at risk of cavities, decay and even tooth loss.
Saying that an aligner system is ‘virtually invisible’ might sound like an exaggeration, but Invisalign really does go unnoticed around others – even celebrities have been known to wear their Invisalign aligners on the red carpet.
Each of your custom Invisalign aligners are made from transparent plastic, so even those closest to you (literally and figuratively!) will probably not even notice you have them in. Make sure you keep them clean by removing any food particles that might have found themselves stuck to the plastic, as these will cause the aligners to stain and affect their appearance. We can advise you on how to keep them clean during your appointment with us at our Runton dental practice.
One of the stand-out things about Invisalign is how easy it makes going about your day-to-day routine, especially in comparison with other braces. Whilst fixed braces are bonded permanently to your teeth for the duration of the treatment period, Invisalign can be taken out for a limited number of hours each day, giving you the chance to brush and floss normally, without invasive brackets and wires getting in the way. You’ll also have the freedom to eat whatever you like and without having to worry that you’re hindering your treatment progress, something that can be a real deal-breaker for certain patients when it comes to fixed braces.
Enjoy the sports you love
Freedom to do the things we love most has never been so important, as we slowly come out of lockdown and activities like contact sports begin to look like a possibility. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment but seeing missing out on your favourite contact sports as a deal breaker, Invisalign is definitely for you. As we’ve already mentioned, Invisalign gives patients a 2-hour window each day in which to remove the aligners, so you could use some of this time to partake in your favourite contact sports like rugby, wrestling and hockey or to play a woodwind instrument like a saxophone or clarinet. Simply remove your aligners to do so.
One of the main things patients look for from orthodontic treatment today, is comfort. Invisalign aligners are tailor-made from your smile, which means every small hollow and curve is a perfect match for your tooth structure. Each aligner will sit tightly against your teeth, securely in place so there’s no worry about them moving around when you’re speaking.
Invisalign don’t involve having any metal in your mouth, reducing your chance of developing sores. If you’re looking for a minimally-invasive treatment where comfort is concerned, this is the one for you.
Makes caring for your smile easier
If you could do with brushing up on your oral hygiene habits (pardon the pun!) Invisalign may be more suited to you than fixed braces. This is because fixed braces require a bit more discipline and diligence, as the wires and brackets can make it a challenge to brush. You will need to bear in mind that more effort will be required to keep your teeth free of bacteria and lingering food particles, and commit to drinking plenty of water during fixed braces treatment with us here in Norwich, as you risk developing gum disease or decay as a consequence failing to do so.
If the thought of a more rigorous oral care routine is putting you off, Invisalign is likely to be more suited to you than a fixed brace. During your consultation at our Sheringham dental practice, we will talk you through your options and ask you a few questions so we can get to know you and suggest what we think might suit your needs best.
Get in touch with our Norwich dental practice and book your Invisalign consultation with one of our specialists today. We also offer Six Month Smiles here in Norwich, a fast-acting treatment that can correct minor, cosmetic problems with your front teeth. You can read all about this here.