The train-track brace has become an almost iconic symbol of the teenager. It has associations with that most difficult of times; adolescence. And let’s face it, it isn’t exactly the nicest thing to look at. Not only are the metal brackets and wires unattractive in themselves, but they also trap food and can be very messy when eating. Fixed metal braces can also be very bad for dental hygiene because they make effective tooth cleaning very difficult.
Thankfully, one company has designed a brace that tackles all of these factors and many more. Invisalign braces are clear, one millimetre thick plastic retainers that fit over the top of the teeth and gradually move them into the desired position. Not only are Invisalign retainers almost completely invisible when in the mouth, but they are also 100 per cent removable. This means that your teeth will be straightened without the need for fixed brackets or wires and you can even take out the brace to clean your teeth.
The system works by using a series of the retainers, usually about twenty in total, each worn for a period of about two to three weeks. Each retainer will be specifically designed for your teeth with small adjustments being made each time to gradually manipulate the teeth. There is no metal involved and no need for painful tightening.
Another major advantage of the Invisalign system is that on average treatment lasts about 18 months, which is about six months faster that with traditional fixed braces. With all these advantages, the Invisalign system really has taken the sting out the tail of wearing braces. If your child needs orthodontic straightening, ask your West London dentist about Invisalign.