Straighter Teeth

Teeth on the move?

We frequently meet patients with crowded, tilted or uneven teeth and find that these issues can hold them back from enjoying life and smiling to the fullest. Other patients who previously had dental braces during their teens have found the teeth gradually slipping out of their once ideal positions. The fact is that our teeth have the potential to change position throughout our lives, not just while we are growing. Try holding a pencil between your front teeth for a few minutes, when you remove it your bite already feels slightly different and will take a few minutes to go back to normal. 

 

Aren’t braces only for teenagers?

Although recent years have seen a growing acceptance of orthodontic treatment amongst adult patients, many are either unaware that their teeth can still be straightened or are reluctant to go ahead due to the appearance, difficulties with brushing and discomfort of traditional fixed braces (often referred to as train tracks).

 

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system of clear aligners which are able to gently straighten teeth and offers an alternative approach to traditional fixed orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are far less visible than fixed braces, are simply removed when eating or brushing and are more comfortable to wear. Several million patients have already been treated using this system and the technological advances being incorporated into it just keep coming. 

 

One of Calum’s favourite aspects of Invisalign treatment is the digital planning process called, “ClinCheck.” By combining impressions and photographs we can build a highly accurate 3D simulation of how your teeth could be moved, what the end result could look like and give a realistic estimate of how long the process will take. Calum will discuss your plan in detail to ensure that it will meet your needs before you start treatment.

 

What is the process like?

  • Aligners must be worn 22hrs per day and should only be removed for eating and brushing. 
  • Change to a new set of aligners every 1-2 weeks.
  • See Calum for regular review appointments (typically every 4-8 weeks). 
  • Once your teeth are aligned wear clear retainers to keep them in their new positions. These are worn 22hrs per day for the first few months after alignment, then overnight indefinitely.