What Can An Orthodontist Help With?
According to a recent study by the NHS, nearly 1 million people started orthodontic treatment last year in the UK. Teeth play a big part in our physical appearance, as they are constantly on show. Whether through poor oral hygiene or genetics, our teeth are rarely considered naturally perfect. Orthodontic treatment can help in a number of ways to work with your teeth, so that they appear straighter.
Clear Braces to Keep Your Treatment Discreet
When the word ‘braces’ springs to mind, many think this involves traditional metal braces. However, an advancement in technology now means patients have more choice than ever, and can choose from a number of different braces which are unnoticeable – such as Invisalign®. Using clear aligners and 3D technology, Invisalign® will in effect invisibly straighten your teeth.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Invisalign® treatment begins by your orthodontist firstly taking moulds of your teeth. This is what the clear aligners are then created from. The aligners are changed every two weeks, and a new set will be given to you with a slightly adjusted shape, to help them move into the desired position. Depending on the length of treatment, your orthodontist will ensure your teeth are encouraged into a better position, so you can be guaranteed of the perfect, final finish.
An orthodontist can help with many problems such as:
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Overlapped teeth
Invisalign® aligners are wafer thin, and made of a transparently medical grade plastic. The aligner resembles the look of a mouth guard, and they are removable for when you need to eat. As part of your orthodontic treatment, a 3D computer image will be able to show you the change that your teeth will go through. This is a reassuring way to show patients how the aligners will work.
Protect Your Teeth with Good Oral Hygiene
Whilst wearing any type of braces or Invisalign® aligners, taking good care of your teeth is a must. Establishing a good oral routine would be advisable, where brushing and flossing should form a main feature. Cleaning your teeth regularly and thoroughly will ensure that your teeth are less likely to suffer from problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease.
A beautiful smile is something that many like the idea of, and a healthy diet and lifestyle can contribute to this. Consuming less tea and coffee, as well as other sugary drinks and foods, will keep your teeth in better shape and will increase their lifetime. It is important to look after your teeth, just like you would for any other part of your body, especially when wearing undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Northenden House Orthodontics are able to offer Invisalign® to treat patients who want a straighter smile. For more information, you can give them a call on 0161 998 2622.
- Mohammad Malik