The se­cret to a new smile

Dr Care­lyn Gore of Ar­nica Dental Care in Chel­tenham shares her se­cret to a new smile, with­out the dis­com­fort of tra­di­tional style teeth braces

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Crooked or mis­aligned teeth can cause un­told con­cern for many peo­ple, af­fect­ing their con­fi­dence and their smile. Yet the idea of the tra­di­tional braces put many off try­ing to find a so­lu­tion. In­visalign has been straight­en­ing smiles across the world since 1999 and of­fers a dis­creet and pain­less way to straighten teeth us­ing a series of clear cus­tom-made, dis­crete align­ers.

Who can ben­e­fit from this treat­ment?

In­visalign can help most peo­ple with teeth align­ment prob­lems. From teenagers with fully, erupted per­ma­nent teeth to adults. Con­di­tions that can be treated us­ing In­visalign in­clude over-crowded teeth, widelyspaced teeth, over­bite, cross­bite, mild or­thodon­tic re­lapse (af­ter tra­di­tional braces treat­ment) and sim­ple bite ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

What are the ben­e­fits over tra­di­tional sys­tems of align­ment?

What at­tracts many peo­ple to the In­visalign op­tion is the at­trac­tive­ness of the de­vice it­self. They are clear, barely vis­i­ble align­ers. These com­put­er­man­u­fac­tured ap­pli­ances straighten the teeth with­out com­pro­mis­ing one’s smile. In­visalign is re­mov­able and cus­tom-fit, which means it slides com­fort­ably over the sur­faces of your teeth. The align­ers must be re­moved when eat­ing, drink­ing, brush­ing and floss­ing and should be worn for a min­i­mum of 20 hours per day for the best per­for­mance.

How does it work?

The align­ers are less than one mil­lime­tre in thick­ness, which means it’s less in­va­sive than tra­di­tional or­thodon­tic cor­rec­tion. Dur­ing an ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion, im­pres­sions, ra­dio­graphs and photos are taken of the teeth to gen­er­ate a cus­tom, com­puter-aided treat­ment plan. In­visalign’s CAD/CAM tech­nol­ogy will then fab­ri­cate a se­quence of align­ers to achieve the de­sired tooth move­ment. Pa­tients are gen­er­ally given one or two sets of align­ers dur­ing check-up vis­its that are nor­mally spaced be­tween four and six weeks apart. The du­ra­tion of treat­ment can vary among in­di­vid­u­als, but for most adults, treat­ment is com­pleted within one year.

How ef­fec­tive is the In­visalign sys­tem?

The in­no­va­tive, cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy is why it is the num­ber-one clear aligner of choice in the world among clin­i­cians and pa­tients alike. In­visalign is backed by over 20 years of clin­i­cal re­search and more than 700 patents.

Each aligner pro­duces a spe­cific tooth move­ment (hor­i­zon­tal, ver­ti­cal, or ro­ta­tion) to gently and grad­u­ally align the teeth into po­si­tion. In­visalign align­ers are en­gi­neered to ap­ply the right amount of force in the right place at the right time. In­visalign’s unique Clincheck® tech­nol­ogy en­ables us to map your progress and pre­dict the re­sults you can ex­pect. You can even track progress with a Smart­phone app.

Pa­tients can ex­pect shorter treat­ment times com­pared to tra­di­tional fixed braces, plus more pre­dictable tooth move­ment, im­proved com­fort and con­ve­nience. With In­visalign you don’t need to worry about the gum and mouth ir­ri­ta­tion that other straight­en­ing meth­ods can cause. The align­ers are smooth and com­fort­able and can be re­moved. This means that you can main­tain your nor­mal diet and you can clean your teeth and gums more ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently com­pared to other or­thodon­tic al­ter­na­tives. It also al­lows lit­tle in­ter­rup­tion to life and can suit those with a busy sched­ule.

At Ar­nica we of­fer a com­pre­hen­sive range of dental treat­ments. Our team is com­mit­ted to max­imis­ing the oral health and well­be­ing of pa­tients and this means of­fer­ing the in­cred­i­ble In­visalign pro­ce­dure for those who want healthy, straight teeth with­out in­con­ve­nience. As you go about your day-to-day, In­visalign will move your teeth in­cre­men­tally – each tiny shift, gently tak­ing you a step closer to per­fectly-aligned teeth. N Care­lyn Gore is a cer­ti­fied In­visalign prac­ti­tioner at Ar­nica Dental Care. For a free no-obli­ga­tion con­sul­ta­tion call 01242 801677.

Dr Care­lyn Gore (Photo: Andy Hock­ridge)

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