Invisalign Info from Dental Hygienist L’ren Hind.
Just last week Dr Sarah Fitzharris and I went to London, on an Invisalign course;
Invisalign is the nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth without metal braces, and it’s a method which is already being used very successfully in the practice, particularly by Dr Mark Hughes and Dr Sen Senhill, who are two of our most experienced provider’s in this area. Seeing the incredible results gained from invisalign treatment, Dr Sarah Fitzharris decided she also wanted to become part of the phenomenon and subsequently sought out some training opportunities!
I went along to train as an assistant to work alongside the dentists to provide the best possible care for our patients.
Invisalign works by using a series of clear, removable aligners which are attached to the teeth. These aligners are made with a specially designed material called Smart Track which has been developed by the Invisalign company, and they work to move the teeth into the desired position.
This very first step, however, is booking a consultation with one of our qualified Invisalign dentists to discuss treatment possibilities for a new smile.
If you decide to go ahead further with treatment, an intra-oral x-ray of your mouth is taken to see the teeth in greater detail. A 3D image is also taken with our new iTero scanner – which is the only one of its kind being used in the UK – and finally a set of photos of your teeth and smile are also taken.
This information is used to plan treatment and make 3D simulation of how your final smile could look, even before you start your treatment. If you are happy with this simulation, then Align Technology’s laboratories design and make a series of custom made aligners with their advanced 3D computer imaging technology.
Each aligner is worn for 2 weeks before replacing it with the next aligner in the series until your teeth have been moved into the desired position.
Each aligner should be worn for 22 hours a day. The aligners can be removed for eating, flossing and brushing your teeth.
If you would like to know more about Invisalign or any of our other treatments at Woodborough House, please do not hesitate to talk to one of our team for further information or book a consultation with one of our dentists.
And of course look out for more of our blogs introducing you to more our treatments and developments.
– L’ren Hind, dental hygienist.