Have your teeth shifted over time due to overcrowding? Have you always desired straighter teeth or proper alignment but dreaded the stereotypical orthodontic treatments that involved a "mouth full of metal"? Many people wish for a straight, healthy, and bright smile but don't like the thought of lengthy treatment with wires and brackets and the potential consequences of breakage, discomfort, or diminished oral hygiene during treatment time.
A crooked smile may not only cause you to be self-conscious about your appearance, but can impact your ability to floss, brush, and care for your teeth for optimal oral health.
Our doctors at Gentle Dental Putney believe in providing our patients with safe and effective options and the latest technologies. Our practice is a certified provider for both Invisalign clear alignment system and Inman Aligners, revolutionary procedures that give patients more control over their orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign is a discreet alignment treatment which uses a series of custom-designed clear aligner trays that are changed every couple of weeks and gradually move teeth into a straighter position with gentle pressure. Because they are removable, patients can continue to live their lives without restrictions on foods or beverages and can continue to maintain optimal oral hygiene.
Invisalign is appropriate for patients who have the following issues with their teeth:
- Gaps, overcrowding, protruding, or crooked teeth
- Overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite
Length of treatment with Invisalign varies by patient and severity of misalignment but is typically around one year. It is recommended that patients wear the aligner trays 20 to 22 hours per day.
The Inman Aligner is a removable appliance, similar to a retainer in appearance, which uses coil springs on opposing sides to gently guide front teeth into proper alignment in less time than traditional braces. As with Invisalign, the Inman Aligner eliminates the need to avoid certain snacks or foods for fear of debris being trapped or breaking the wires of traditional braces.
Appropriate for patients with mild to moderate protrusion or crowding of the front teeth. Inman Aligner treatment typically takes 6 to 18 weeks, with visits to our office every couple of weeks. The device should be worn around 20 hours per day.
For more information about your options for orthodontic treatments, contact Gentle Dental Putney today at 0208 780 2226.
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