Have you heard about the ever-expanding world of adult orthodontics? Have you considered straightening your teeth?
There are now even more options to achieve a straighter smile as an adult and, if you are suitable, you can even do so without the use of a fitted brace.
At Quest Dental Care, we can offer our suitable patients treatment with Invisalign in Ipswich, a visually discrete aligner that offers you a straighter smile in a shorter time frame.
Here, we offer a brief introductory guide to Invisalign in Ipswich.
Invisible aligners; what are they?
Invisible aligners, or Invisalign in Ipswich, are physically similar to that of a sports guard, except that they are made from clear plastic and are customised to fit over your teeth.
How do they work? They come in a set of around 14 aligners, each designed for a different phase of the realignment treatment, which gently pushes your teeth into the desired position over around 14 days.
So, no tightening, no adjusting and no metal wires are needed!
Most people who have a mild to moderate misalignment are suitable for invisible aligners.
You should have good overall dental health and should be confident in your ability to manage the aligners, by placing them back in your mouth after taking them out to eat, brush your teeth, etc.
To better determine your suitability for invisible aligners, please contact our team.
On average, invisible aligners take between 3-6 months to work, if you have a mild to moderate misalignment.
But this relies on you keeping them in your mouth for the required time, which is usually 22 hours per day or as directed by our team. Failure to keep the aligners in can cause your realignment treatment to slow, stop or, in some cases, even reverse, with your teeth reverting to their original positions.
So, time yourself when you take your aligners out!
Caring for invisible aligners is quite straightforward, hence why they are so popular among adults and teenagers.
You will need to keep them clean to ensure that your dental health is not affected by them; as they are pressed against your teeth, any food debris caught in that small space could lead to cavities or gum disease. To do this, simply run the aligner under a cold tap and use a toothbrush to remove any stubborn debris; do not use hot water, as this can cause the aligners to warp.
Take them out to eat food and to consume any drink besides water; when they aren’t in your mouth, keep them in their carry case to ensure that they don’t become damaged.
Before putting them back in your mouth, give your teeth a quick brush to remove any debris as it can cause decay.
When you have finished wearing invisible aligners, you will be required to wear a retainer.
This is to ensure that your teeth do not move back to their previous positions. We will custom fit your retainer and you should wear it as directed by our team.
If you experience any discomfort while wearing your retainer, please talk to our team as there should be no discomfort during this stage of orthodontic treatment.