Dr Jaymish Patel, Woking dentist, looks at this popular tooth straightening system.
There is a common perception that dental braces are cumbersome things that can also be uncomfortable to wear and, in some cases, may also attract a certain amount of ridicule, especially for teenagers and young adults. It is certainly true that braces have not always been discreet and it would be easy to spot anyone who was wearing them.
These factors, put together, may well have deterred some patients who needed, or wanted, to have straighter teeth from having them done.
Modern cosmetic dentistry has come a long way though since the highly visible metal braces which were the only way to achieve a set of nice, even teeth. Our Woking cosmetic dentists are now able to help you achieve this in a much more discreet, convenient and comfortable manner through the use of the Invisalign orthodontic system.
Traditional versus modern braces
Traditionally, dental braces have been made from metal wiring and brackets. These needed to be fitted by the dentist and would be tightened according to how the teeth needed adjusting. This is a successful method but it does have some drawbacks as we shall see. This method is still used for some straightening corrections, albeit using more refined and tooth coloured materials.
Invisalign does not use wires and brackets at all and instead uses a series of transparent trays which fit over the patient’s teeth. You will receive several of these with each designed to be worn for a few weeks before being replaced by the next in the series. Over time, these will gradually and gently encourage your teeth towards the desired position to leave you with a straight and even smile.