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Getting a great smile doesn’t have to be hard work

There’s no getting around the fact that there may not be as much to smile about right now. With lockdowns, health issues amongst the obvious causes for concern, it may seem as though there wouldn’t be many reasons to LOL – as the cool kids no longer say (apparently). But now is also a time for personal reflection and self-improvement; with time on people’s hands, many are working out more, learning a new skill or taking time to consider their lockdown look. If you are concerned about the appearance of your smile and want to realign your teeth, you may be keen to find a way that you can do so discreetly and conveniently, without the hassle and worry of fixed braces. Many patients with mild to moderate alignment issues are choosing Invisalign in Sheffield as their go-to for gaining a smile they can feel proud of.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners which are worn over the teeth and apply pressure to the teeth to comfortably move them into the desired position over time. They are made bespoke to fit along your gum line and patients are provided with sets of aligners to change between normally on a weekly basis, having a checkup every 6 weeks on average. They are removable and need to be worn on average 22 hours a day.


Why would I choose Invisalign?

Where do we start? There are so many reasons to choose Invisalign as the way to improve the alignment of your teeth. Invisalign offers discretion, which can be a major concern for people when they think that improving the appearance of their teeth will mean fixed braces, especially if they are already past the teenage years! While Invisalign has a range specifically for young people, its aligners should not be noticed for teenage and more mature wearers alike. This means that there should be no concerns about wearing the aligners for the next big meeting or catching up with friends.

If you don’t fancy wearing your aligners for any reason, however, Invisalign affords patients the flexibility to remove them, notably when eating and drinking. Unlike with fixed braces, this means that the aligners don’t get a lot of masticated food stuck in them which then has to be cleaned. They can also be removed when brushing and flossing, which allows patients to maintain high standards of oral hygiene.

Another benefit of choosing Invisalign is that they are made to fit your mouth precisely, thanks to the iTero scanner technology which dentists use to create 3D scans of your mouth in order to prescribe the aligners that will be made just for you. Along with these scans, a 3D animation can also be produced to show you what your teeth will look like after treatment has been completed. This can be great motivation for both children and adults when they are wearing their aligners, being able to imagine the end goal and knowing that it is within sight. In fact, treatment can be quicker than with fixed braces, depending on patients’ particular alignment issues.

So, to find out more about Invisalign, book in with your dentist for a consultation to see how Invisalign could work for you and get ready to have something to finally smile about!

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