Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dentistry that focuses on improving and enhancing the appearance and aesthetics of your teeth. Unlike general dentistry that focuses on preventive care and restorative treatment methods, cosmetic dentistry centres more around improving the look of your teeth. Common cosmetic dentistry procedures include veneers, dental whitening and Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign in Bromley is an effective and permanent solution to achieving straighter looking teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign involves wearing sets of clear plastic aligners or ‘trays’ to achieve the same results as you would with normal braces. It applies gentle pressure on the teeth to move them into a more cohesive position over time, while at the same time being concealed or as the name suggests, ‘invisible’.
Invisalign in Bromley is designed to treat a number of dental issues such as misaligned teeth, gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites and crowded teeth. With the help of 3D scanning, your dentist at Bromley Dental Practice can predict the progression of your teeth when using Invisalign. This scanning then helps to create a custom-made selection of aligners for you to wear throughout your treatment.
What does the process involve?
When getting Invisalign in Bromley, you will begin with an initial consultation with your dentist for a physical assessment of your teeth. The dentist will then take 3D images of your teeth to visualise the predicted movement of your teeth throughout your Invisalign journey; this will also help the dentist create a custom-made treatment plan for you with a set of different aligners which will fit your teeth as they progress and change in position.
You will be required to wear each set of aligners for roughly two to eight weeks; after which, your dentist will ask you to change the aligner you are wearing. Each aligner will feel a little tight when you first wear it however as your teeth slowly move positions, they will fit better. It is imperative that you wear your aligners all day every day, except for when you eat, drink, and brush your teeth, in order to achieve the desired result from the treatment. The treatment usually takes around twelve months to complete on average; however you may start noticing a difference in the alignment of your teeth within the first three to six months.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
It is no surprise that there has been a drastic rise in popularity when it comes to getting Invisalign, as the benefits of having them are endless. Invisalign is a popular option for adults who have delayed having their teeth straightened and now no longer want to wear metal braces. Another benefit of wearing Invisalign aligners is that they are removable, unlike traditional braces that are glued onto the teeth; because of this, they can be removed when eating which avoids them getting stained, and you can maintain good oral hygiene as you can brush the entire surface of your teeth with nothing in the way. In the case of metal braces, it is common for a bracket or part of the wire to break leading to an urgent appointment to the dentist, however this problem can be avoided with clear aligners as they are made of plastic.