Time to Straighten Up

woman pointing at her bracesSome people need to straighten their teeth in order to chew and digest properly, and perhaps to speak properly too. Others may simply want to straighten their teeth to enhance their smile. Whether it’s for function, looks, or both, there are many benefits to be gained from teeth straightening and today this can be done discreetly with Invisalign in Richmond.

Many dentists offer Invisalign in Richmond, including Sheen Dental. Invisalign is a good solution for adults who want to straighten their teeth without having noticeable metal braces. They allow patients to feel confident in their appearance while going through treatment, so they don’t have to worry about wearing conspicuous braces in their daily busy work and social lives.

Unlike traditional fixed metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners are removable, which allows the patient to take them off for brief periods of time, for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. Patients therefore don’t need to deal with picking out bits of food that get stuck between their teeth and their braces.

The aligners should however be worn for at least 20-22 hours a day for effective treatment. However, this isn’t a problem, thanks to the smooth plastic design of the aligners, which make them more comfortable to wear than the brackets and wires of fixed braces. This also

But What’s the Treatment Journey Like?

Now the benefits are clear, it’s time to back track and look at the process of getting Invisalign in Richmond. At the initial consultation, the dentist will check if the patient is suitable for Invisalign. Treatment is only suitable for adults and cannot usually solve complex cases. A dentist can then run through the pros and cons of treatment, patients can ask any questions they may have and then decide if the cost is worth the treatment.

At the next appointment, impressions will be taken of the teeth to create the aligners and once the aligners are ready, treatment can begin. It usually takes 12-18 months to complete treatment. The patient should visit the dentist every 6-8 weeks during this time, to check all is going well.

After treatment, the patient must wear retainers to keep the newly straightened teeth in place.