Over the last decade there have been a number of new orthodontic straightening devices released onto the market offering improved teeth straightening without some of the sacrifices demanded by conventional braces. Perhaps the most impressive of all these new treatment methods is Invisalign. This is a system that offers patients an almost completely invisible brace minimising the visual impact that puts so many patients off wearing braces.
Invisalign uses a series of one-millimetre thick plastic retainers to gradually reposition the teeth over the course of the treatment. Each retainer is worn for as period of between two and three weeks before it is replaced by another with a slight adjustment. In all there are about twenty to thirty retainers used in the average treatment meaning that the usual length of treatment is about 18 months. This is six months shorter than the average treatment with traditional fixed metal braces.
The other major advantage of the Invisalign system is that the braces are removable. This makes cleaning the teeth easier and more effective, something that can cause problems with fixed braces. It also means that patients can remove the braces for important social and sporting occasions. As long as the brace is worn for a period of twenty hours a day it will still be equally as effective.
The fact that Invisalign braces are so low impact makes them ideal for patients in their difficult teenage years. The braces are almost impossible to see so younger patients will have no need to feel self-conscious about wearing braces. To learn more about the Invisalign system you can ask a City of London dentist for more information.