Orthodontic treatment over the years

Aerial view of a dentist's chair

Being born with crooked or gappy teeth used to be a great problem, especially in those young teenage years. Metal braces were the only type of device to straighten teeth and they were not always deemed the best choice for many. Way back in the year 400 BC people like Aristotle were trying to find ways to straighten teeth. Their methods included using catgut and gold wire and finger pressure, all of which may seem crude to us today. In the 1800s a French dentist published a book on teeth straightening. Evolution has allowed us to study and develop new methods of correcting this problem.

Invisalign making teeth irregularities disappear

Science and the major technological advances that have been made now allow dentists to offer a system far superior to anything that has gone before. Using Invisalign Luton dentists are able to correct numerous dental irregularities. There is no need to suffer anymore with a crossbite, an overbite, gapped teeth, crowding, an underbite, an open bite or a deep bite.

How does this treatment work?

A lot of very clever technology and dental experience is used to provide the safest, most effective and efficient treatment possible. In the first instant a case assessment is made to determine the suitability of the treatment. This involves a series of pictures which allows the dental team to make an assessment of  the patient’s condition and how best to proceed. Because of the fact that everyone is different the duration of the treatment will vary from patient to patient. After this initial assessment and in consultation with the patient, the dental team will lay out the process.

This process starts with a series of X-rays, 3D  digital scans and impression mouldings of the patient’s teeth. Using very advanced technology, the dental team will design a digital path that they will follow. The Invisalign software allows the dentist to digitally show the patient exactly what the results of the treatment will look like. Using the results of the X-rays and scans a series of aligners are produced which are clear and designed to fit exactly, so as not to cause irritation to the inside of the cheeks. Each aligner is precisely calculated by the software using a series of algorithms, so nothing is left to chance and everything is precise and accurate. Each aligner is designed to fit to the adjusted teeth allowing for roughly two weeks between change over to the new aligner. The aligners are recommended to remain in place for between twenty and twenty-two hours per day, they can be removed to enjoy meals and to allow for brushing and flossing. Part of the process involves visiting a dentist every six weeks to allow for a progress assessment.

What happens at the end of treatment

Once the aligner treatment has been completed, there should be a noticeable difference. Part of the process will be regular visits to the dental team after treatment to allow them to monitor how the patient’s teeth are reacting. Oral hygiene is always of paramount importance and maintaining that new smile includes regular oral and dental care.

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