Clearly Different

Man wearing InvisalignThe future is here with Invisalign. This innovative technology straightens teeth without using wires and brackets, instead using a series of clear, customised, removable appliances called aligners. They are almost invisible when worn, meaning hardly anyone will know that a patient is straightening their teeth.

The Invisalign system combines advanced 3D computer imaging technology with the traditional science of teeth straightening. Invisalign in Richmond, such as at Sheen Dental, uses aligners that are designed to move teeth in small stages into the desired positions via carefully planned pressure points.

Each aligner is accurately calibrated and manufactured to fit over the teeth at each stage of the treatment plan. The first step is to visit a dental practice to determine if Invisalign in Richmond is the right choice.  After sending precise treatment instructions, including detailed measurements and images of the teeth,a series of aligners is generated via 3D printing. Each aligner will need to be worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, drink ,brush and floss. As each aligner is replaced with the next in the series, teeth will begin to move gradually until the final alignment prescribed is achieved.

How to achieve the best results

To get the best from Invisalign in Richmond patients must wear their aligners for at least 20 hours a day. So, unless eating, drinking or brushing teeth, it is best to keep them on.

The slight difference when using Invisalign compared with other teeth straightening treatments is that as well as brushing teeth twice a day, teeth should also ideally be brushed after eating or drinking coloured food or drinks. This will prevent the aligners becoming stained and keeps them looking discreet.

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Some patients try to keep their aligners bright, clean and smelling fresh and sometimes can end up using cleaners that are too abrasive. Using warm water, a soft toothbrush and mild soap is fine. Soaking in mouthwash or using toothpaste to clean them is not advised as these can affect the transparency of the aligners. Aligners should also not be washed in hot water either, as this can cause them to warp.