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How discreet are Invisalign braces?

Our perception of orthodontic treatment often results in an inescapable image of traditional braces. We can’t see past a large amount of metal, which has the potential to draw negative attention to our teeth. Invisalign braces are different.

The clear aligners of Invisalign can provide a very discreet, extremely effective solution to crooked teeth. Instead of moulding their braces from metal, they are created using thermoplastic. Instead of a dark brace standing out against the white background of your teeth, Invisalign braces are translucent. When you see them in position, instead of seeing braces, you see the teeth.

Invisalign’s thin, see-through aligner trays fit snugly over the teeth. As they are custom made to fit your unique set of teeth, they will be comfortable to wear whilst working hard to drag your teeth into a more attractive and straighter position at the same time.

One aligner tray can’t complete the full task of moving your teeth from their starting positions to their final positions on its own. For that reason a series of trays will be used, with each consequent tray continuing the progress of the tray that came before it, until the journey of your teeth is complete.

Following treatment you’ll have a much straighter set of teeth and a beautiful new smile, not to mention more confidence in your appearance. Each new tray will be fitted by your dedicated Invisalign provider, which in the case of Marlborough Dental Studio will be Dr Stephen Tarr.

The length of time your treatment will take to complete depends on the reason behind your need for braces and the severity of the condition. Invisalign can treat bite problems, protrusion, gaps and a number of other dental issues, but as we treat each individual customer on a case-by-case basis, we’ll need to examine your teeth first, before we can provide you with an estimate of the expected treatment time.

You will be required to wear them for 20 hours a day in order to achieve straight teeth within your estimated treatment time, but you will remove your Invisalign braces to eat and brush your teeth. This means you’ll be able to clean your teeth thoroughly with ease, unlike wearers of traditional braces.

Invisalign braces are suitable for adults and teenagers. If your son or daughter needs orthodontic treatment, they will probably find this socially awkward time in their lives is made easier by braces which are highly discreet, rather than prominent.

You’ll be able to measure compliance on the braces, to ensure they have been worn for enough hours in the day and not potentially be costing you more money. This is done by means of a blue dot indicator on the side of the tray, which tells you whether your teeth are ready for a new tray within the expected time frame or not.

If you’d like to find out more about the discreet Invisalign system, whether or not you’re a good candidate for it and for how long you’ll need to wear your Invisalign braces before achieving your new beautiful smile, please give us a call to book your first appointment.

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