Caught a glimpse of your smile in the shop window and felt embarrassed? Avoided the photo as a result of your smile?
When feeling low about a particular part of your body, it can be easy to shy away from many situations such as social events and have your overall self-esteem reduced considerably. Whilst no one wants to feel this way, rest assured that you are not alone. Although avoiding the situation may seem like the best approach to your daily life at the time, in truth, there are better options available to you. A set of clear aligners are just one of the more popular tooth realignment treatments that can help you turn your smile around in just 6 to 18 months.
Read on to find out how it could work for you.
The transparent aligner
Invisalign Clapham is one of the more popular alternatives in tooth realignment. Many people are aware of fixed braces, which have to be bonded to the teeth; however, whilst this is still an excellent method to realign the teeth, for some patients, the visibility of the treatment is a deterrent. This is where the plastic aligner fits in.
Using high-end technology, digital scans and x-rays will be taken of your mouth, teeth and gums during a consultation appointment. Once the scans are done and the treatment has been decided upon, the images will be used to create tailor-made aligners to fit your teeth.
Due to the soft, plastic material and the custom-made approach, having your smile realigned has never been more comfortable.
Once treatment begins, a series of aligners will be provided to you, and the treatment plan will be re-visited. You must wear the aligner for 22 hours a day, removing them only during meal or snack times and the daily oral hygiene processes. For these 22 hours, gentle pressure will be applied to the teeth using a series of pressure points. Once a certain level of movement has been reached, your dental team will advise whether or not to move on to the next set of aligners. This will be discussed during one of your regular six-weekly checkup appointments, which will be scheduled throughout your treatment time.
When it comes to clear aligners, the benefits are easy to spot. Soft, comfortable material that fits snugly to the teeth whilst guiding them into a new position. A treatment that slots easily into daily life without any upheaval and effectively shifts the placement of the teeth without your friends or family knowing. On top of this, as the aligners can be removed during mealtimes, alterations to your diet are not necessary, and continuing daily life is easy.
Important things to know
Whilst minor discomfort, which can be eliminated using over-the-counter pain relievers, is to be expected, should the discomfort impact your daily life and the pain feel crippling, contact your dental team immediately so that they can examine and isolate the problem. Aside from the minor discomfort as the teeth are repositioned, life should continue as normal, and within a period of 6 to 18 months, you can expect a beautifully aligned set of teeth.
Contact your dental team today to get the process moving towards a happier, healthier smile.