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Secret smile: using Invisalign to straighten your teeth

Invisalign provides a dentist with an effective and discreet way of straightening teeth. At Simplyteeth in Essex we have used this system to treat anything from mild to complex orthodontic cases, providing treatment that has minimal impact on your day-to-day life.

straighten-teeth-essexHow Invisalign works

Unlike traditional brace systems, which are permanently affixed to your teeth for the duration of treatment, Invisalign correction involves the use of clear, removable aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth, gently guiding them into a better position.

Every cases is different, requiring a variable number of aligners, so when you come to our Essex dental practice for an Invisalign consultation, your dentist will determine how many aligners you will need. Treatment takes place in fortnightly increments; you change you aligner every two weeks as your teeth start to move.

Invisalign comes with highly advanced 3D computer software called ClinCheck, which enables your Essex dentist to show you the results you can expect right from the start of treatment. The ClinCheck software is also used to create your aligners, to guarantee the perfect fit.

Advantages of Invisalign

There are two main advantages to Invisalign when compared with standard braces: first, of course, is the fact that because the aligners are made from clear plastic (much like a dental mouthguard for playing sports, but designed for long-term comfortable wear) nobody will notice you are having treatment unless you decided to tell them.

Secondly is the convenience of using removable aligners. Not only does this mean you can pop them out for short spells to eat and drink (thus your diet is not affected in the same way as with traditional braces) but also it means it is easy to keep up your dental hygiene routine – no special cleaning techniques are needed with Invisalign, because you can just take them out to brush and floss as normal.

At the end of treatment you will need to wear a retainer – there are several discreet options available at our Essex dental practice.

Whilst you can take them out, you should wear your aligners 20-22 hours a day. You will also need to attend monthly check-ups at Simplyteeth Essex.

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