Many people neglect to have their teeth professionally straightened due to the length of time that it takes to achieve a straight smile. Traditional treatments can take longer than two years in some cases, but at Harley Street Dental Clinic we have alternative treatments available that can have your smile appearing straighter in as little as six months. Invisalign Harley Street provides you with a completely different way of straightening teeth when compared to traditional appliances and treatments. For a start, it is capable of producing results a lot faster, with treatment time normally taking between six to twelve months depending on your personal circumstances. The appliance itself is completely removable too, meaning you do not need to navigate around fixed metallic brackets when you are brushing your teeth or worry about food getting stuck whilst you’re tucking into your favourite meal.
A custom-made treatment just for you
Choosing to get Invisalign Harley Street means that you will be receiving a treatment that is as unique as you are. Your aligners are all custom made to fit snugly over your own teeth, and you will have multiple sets to wear as each set will slightly move your teeth closer to their final position. The aligners themselves are created from an initial 3D scan that is taken of your teeth. More images are produced from your original scan to show exactly how your teeth will move over time. Made from clear plastic, your aligners will be barely noticeable when you are wearing them, with people often not even spotting that you are undergoing treatment until you point it out to them. Whilst they are completely removable it is vital that you wear your aligners for a minimum of twenty-two hours of the day to ensure that your treatment will work as it is supposed to. Not wearing your aligners properly could result in a longer treatment time or even the need to completely start over.
Swap your aligners for retainers
Once you have had Invisalign Harley Street and worn your very last set of aligners you will need to make an appointment to see your dental practitioner so they can have retainers made for you. Retainers are used to make sure that your teeth stay in their new positions and do not start to drift back to their old ones. They are similar to your aligners in that they are made of a thin, clear plastic, are entirely removable and fit comfortably over your own teeth. However, a majority of people will only need to wear their retainer at night time after seven days of constant wear. How long you will need to continue to wear your retainer at night for will depend on your individual circumstances. Some people will only need to wear it for a matter of months whilst others will need to continue to use their retainer for years after their treatment has ended. Your dental practitioner will give you clear instructions regarding how you need to wear your retainer and it is important that you follow them if you want your smile to remain straightened and avoid needing additional treatment in the future.