When it comes to adult aligners and braces, you could still be forgiven for assuming that any orthodontic treatment that occurs past the age of 18 is going to involve a heavy, bulky brace.
A few years ago, you would have been right; even adults who had the most misaligned smiles often preferred to avoid wearing braces in their later years, as they were typically metal and far from discreet.
In 2020 however, there are now clear and invisible braces which, as the names suggest, are designed to be minimal but are just as powerful as traditional braces. Brilliant!
At Archway Dental Surgery, we are proud to be able to offer our suitable patients both clear or invisible braces, especially Invisalign in Cornwall. Removable, custom-fitted and easy to fit around a busy lifestyle, this infamous invisible brace is making waves in adult orthodontics, helping thousands of adults around the globe to get the smiles that they have always wanted.
Sound too good to be true? Here, our team at Archway Dental Surgery answers 5 of the most commonly asked questions about Invisalign in Cornwall. Enjoy!
Without metal, how does it straighten teeth?
A key feature of Invisalign in Cornwall is its clear, plastic retainers- but how do they straighten your teeth?
In short, thanks to a 3D scan and computer-assisted technology, you will have a set of aligners printed, which will need to be worn in a precise order. These aligners will slot over the top of your teeth and gradually push them into the desired position- no straightening, no adjustments, just a bit of pushing with the assistance of a fitted retainer!
Can it treat any kind of misalignment?
Initially, this invisible brace was designed to treat only mild misalignment but as technology has advanced, it can now straighten a wider range of orthodontic issues.
Of course, before you use this brace, our team at Archway Dental Surgery will need to assess if you are suitable for it. However, it can treat many orthodontic issues from spacing to overbites.
Does it straighten the jaw along with the teeth?
Unlike traditional braces, both clear and invisible braces are not able to straighten the alignment of either the upper or lower jaw.
If your jaws do not sit together correctly, then our team may decide to use a traditional, metal brace to correct this first and may use an invisible brace at a later stage of treatment.
Is it uncomfortable?
There is (sadly) no such thing as a completely comfortable brace or aligner and invisible braces are no different.
For a few days after each aligner change, you may feel some pressure against your teeth and discomfort; this is normal and should be expected.
Is it true that there is an app with this brace?
A truly modern brace, this invisible brace does come with a supported app for you and our team to keep track of the movement of your teeth, reducing your trips to our surgery. Perfect!