Recent years has shown an influx in obsessions of our appearance, this may be due to the rise of social media where we are now saturated with images of our friends, enemies and celebrities 24/7. We can now compare ourselves not just to others in the street but from the privacy of our own homes too.
This selfie-obsessed culture combined with the fact that only 35% of adults have well aligned lead has led to a rise of 177% in clear braces with invisible aligners allowing for the teeth to be straightened without notice. Invisalign can straighten teeth by correcting a number of bite problems:
- Over bite
- Under bite
- Deep Bite
Cosmetic Dentistry Boosts Confidence
Cosmetic dentistry is the art of improving a patient’s teeth or bite. With an improved smile, comes confidence. In an independent study by the AACD it was noted that:
- 74% of adults felt that an attractive smile helps their chances of career success.
- 96% of people in the survey believe an attractive smile is important when looking to attract a romantic partner.
- 99.7% of the people interviewed stated that a smile is a vital asset for social skills.
Thankfully, we don’t have to suffer with misaligned teeth and though celebrity culture may be making us more conscious of our appearance, it’s also opening the public up to dental solutions that can be undertaken to restore our smiles.
Celebrities who have had adult braces
- Zac Efron
- Tom Cruise
- Gisele Bundchen
Traditional “train tracks” were a two year commitment, with associations of high school and those awful teenage years we would probably love to forget, but for those who missed out on straightening their misaligned teeth in their youth may feel embarrassed to regress back to traditional orthodontics. Luckily, technology is allowing for teeth to be straightened in new and improved ways, with less disruption than was once a given.
Considering teeth straightening is a big decision, and fixed braces seem daunting. This is due to the committing to having a mouth full of metal that are fixed 24/7. Traditional braces can leave the teeth stained and come with the associated pain and mouth irritation. Invisalign is the solution to these common problems;
Source: Invisalign Scotland
Invisalign allows for removable, clear mouth guards that can straighten your teeth in just 6-9 months. These are a great alternative to train tracks which many professionals might feel would hinder their careers.
- Removable to suit your lifestyle – aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day.
- Easier cleaning than traditional fixed braces
- Clear alternative to braces which may embarrass some adults
- No metal wires or fixed brackets which could become damaged
- Convenient and short term compared to traditional fixed methods
How does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign trays are a unique plastic material made only for the use of Invisalign. They are similar in look to teeth whitening trays and are a bespoke creation made for your mouth only. Over the course of the Invisalign treatment you will be presented with a series of aligners, each with an incremental change, that develops into a straight set of teeth mapped out by your dentist.
The aligners cause the teeth to gradually move from their current position, and so on until you finish the series of aligners. Throughout the process, only certain teeth move at one time, it’s this controlled movement that makes the brace so successful.
Invisalign for Nervous Patients
Those who suffer from dental anxiety may prefer Invisalign treatment as the associated pain and anxiety that come with traditional metal braces is less pronounced. There may be some temporary discomfort when the new aligner is worn but this if often described as “pressure” and is evidence of the brace working.
The British Orthodontic Society has revealed that adults make up half of all the UK’s orthodontic patients and due to Invisalign’s clear and removable properties it’s no wonder this solution is growing in popularity.