What is it?
When a crooked smile occurs, which is more common than you may think, the first thought of correction is chunky, metal braces that are not necessarily conspicuous and as an adult may fill you with dread. Therefore in some cases, people turn away from receiving treatment believing it is better to keep the crooked smile rather than face the public with a chunky brace. This is where Invisalign Edinburgh comes in.
These transparent retainers, which are removable at home, not only save time but also provide a treatment that you can feel comfortable in and embrace the outside world whilst undergoing this excellent treatment.
How does it work?
To begin your journey with Invisalign Edinburgh you can literally visualise the end result by taking a selfie or uploading a photo on our Smile experience page which will then show you what the result will be after this treatment is completed. Once this small but effective visualisation occurs it is then up to you and your dental team to get your consultation booked in. Whilst an app can show you the end result there are many aspects to consider when choosing an orthodontic treatment and whilst cosmetically retainers are often the personal preference, it is important to have a treatment that will be effective as well as cosmetically appealing. This is why the consultation is of high importance as a series of photographs, x-rays and physical examinations will occur along with a discussion about how misaligned the teeth may be and what the best way forward is.
The Invisalign process
If Invisalign Edinburgh is the best treatment for you a series of aligners will be created based on your photographic images and x-rays. This takes approximately 2 weeks and that is when another appointment will take place to instruct you on how to use the retainers so that they actually achieve the results wanted within the least amount of time.
Each retainer is to be worn for approximately 22 hours a day with removal only occurring during times of food consumption and when carrying out your daily oral hygiene process. This ensures that no food debris gets stuck within the retainers which is the last thing we want to happen when on a zoom call and not hiding behind our face masks!
Following on from the 22 hours a day, each set of retainers are to be worn for a period of time which generally spans over a couple of weeks per set. However, the length of time each set is to be worn will be discussed during your appointment as this can vary from patient to patient and it is important to have the progress monitored by your dental team to ensure the teeth are guided into position gently. It is therefore essential that you attend regular appointments every 6 weeks to monitor the progress.
Once the desired alignment has been reached, a new retainer will be provided which is to be worn ongoing to ensure that the new positioning of the teeth remains rather than reverting to their previous position.