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Am I suitable for Invisalign treatment? A guide to understanding Invisalign

In today's society, dentistry has moved far beyond being a simple check-up every 6 months with a filling here and there.

Many people are becoming aware of cosmetic dentistry options and are seeking out treatments to improve their smile and boost their confidence. As dentistry has become more sophisticated in its treatment options, a wider range of procedures are being used to correct alignment issues, along with more commonly seen issues such as discolouration and gaps between teeth.

Orthodontic dentistry now boasts a wide range of brace-based solutions to dental misalignment, with the most popular alternative to traditional metal braces being Invisalign in Burnham.

What is Invisalign?

Founded in 1997, Invisalign in Burnham is a clear aligner that is custom fitted to your mouth and teeth which is removable and practically invisible to the naked eye.

The treatment combines 3D computer technology and a set of clear aligners, each designed for a different stage in your treatment towards straighter teeth. There is no tightening required and no pain associated with pulling teeth into position; it gently moves your teeth into the desired position.

Can anyone use Invisalign?

This treatment alternative is understandably extremely popular amongst dental patients, as it is discreet and allows lifestyle choices, like food, to stay the same.

At Burnham Dental Practice, we see patients everyday who are eager to know if Invisalign is the right option for them to get that perfect, straight smile.

Patients that benefit from Invisalign treatment

Invisalign braces are suitable for people from every age group who want to have a straighter smile. Indeed, even teenagers who have not had erupted wisdom teeth can wear the brace, with space provided for these teeth to grow correctly.

Before you begin treatment, you will need to attend a dental consultation, where your suitability will be assessed. Provided you are an ideal candidate, this treatment option can help correct a wide range of dental issues, including common orthodontic issues known as malocclusions that create an uneven bite.

People with the following dental issues are most likely to benefit from Invisalign-

Crowding- typically seen when teeth appear crooked or overlap each other.

Spacing- teeth that have gaps between them throughout the mouth. Invisalign can help correct all gaps, regardless of the location of the teeth involved.

Bites- grouped as malocclusions, Invisalign can correct overbites, underbites, open bites and cross bites.

It is worth noting that if you have had dental implants, or crowns you may still benefit from Invisalign, but you will need to discuss this with your dentist.

Patients that will not benefit from Invisalign treatment

Invisalign is not ideal for everyone. If you have severe alignment issues in your mouth, you are unlikely to benefit from this treatment.

Similarly, patients with bridgework, issues with bite at the back of the mouth and those who require rotation of canines or premolars are unlikely to be suitable for treatment with Invisalign.

Call us today for more information about Invisalign in Burnham.

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