People are so used to seeing adolescents with braces on their teeth that although they may register them, they do not feel the need to comment on them. It’s just another kid with braces on. However, put those braces onto a working adult in business clothes and it’s a whole different ballgame. It’s just another person getting their teeth straightened, but it’s not normal to see such a sight. People just can’t help but react with stares and personal questions. It’s embarrassing for the poor person in the braces and so, in the past, many people have opted to stick with their wonky teeth. Not so now, thanks to invisible braces in Barnsley.
Over the last couple of decades, researchers have been working hard to come up with advanced materials and techniques to make braces less visible so that wearers can feel less self-conscious. And dentists in Barnsley, such as PDC Dental, are doing brisk business in discreet teeth straightening.
One hugely popular way to straighten teeth uses invisible braces in Barnsley by a company called Invisalign. Their system is not even a variation on the traditional bracket and wires many people associate with braces. Instead it uses aligners, which are transparent thermoplastic resin trays, rather like mouth guards. These slide snugly over the teeth and are so thin that it is almost impossible to see them.
Invisalign aligners are a product of the digital age. They are 3D printed in a laboratory in the United States specifically for each patient, using detailed measurements and digitally designed by their dentist. The dentist also uses this information to create a digital preview of the route the teeth will travel to reach their required alignment. Each aligner is designed slight differently from the previous one, marking another step along the journey to straight smile heaven. The pressure from each slight move forward in tray design is what nudges the teeth along their trajectory.
Typically, the patient will wear each aligner for about two weeks before moving on to the next one. The numbers of aligners required varies, and is usually between 12 and 48.