In the past orthodontic treatment involved metal braces which were worn for typically 1-2 years. With the advances of modern techniques and technology, cosmetic re-alignment of teeth can be achieved quickly and discreetly.
There are many methods available which range from removable to fixed solutions. The removable options include the Inman aligner and Invisalign. Inman aligner can correct the front 4 teeth for mild to moderate crowding. The mode of action involves a continual force using nickel titanium springs which guide the teeth into position. Re-alignemnt can be rapid, typically in less than 4 months.
Invisalign is a highly sophisticated technique which involves clear aligners to straighten the teeth. Initially your records are sent to the USA. After laser scanning and analysis on their advanced software, a 'Clincheck' is created. This is a video of your current teeth position to an anticipated final result. At this stage, any changes can be made. Once you have agreed the 'Clincheck', the Invisalign aligners are made and ready for fitting. These are changed every 2 weeks until your teeth are straight. As simple as that!
For minor movement or finishing after orthodontic treatment, clear aligners are ideal. These are similar to Invisalign aligners. Due to the minor amount of movement correction can be achieved in a few weeks. One such technique is called Simpli5 and we also have our own WOM clear aligners.
Once teeth are straight, then they need to be retained. This is done by using a retainer at night or by bonding a wire on the back of the teeth. If major correction has been achieved, then a combination of both is often required. Retention is for life and this should be checked by your own dentist at your regular examination appointments.
Our next blog will discuss fixed orthodontic options for cosmetic re-alignment.