It’s a fact of life that people stare at the unusual in others. Being stared at is not easy to cope with. People just seem to need to look very hard at someone for a while if they are somehow different from the norm. The need to stare extends to adults wearing braces. It is still an unusual sight, although much more common than it used to be. Thankfully, researchers have been coming up with ways to make braces in Leeds far less stare-worthy, and with some brands, as good as invisible.
This is great news for adults who would like to get their teeth straightened, but shy away from the stares of strangers. Imagine being a bank teller with braces on having to deal with hundreds of stares a week. It would be exhausting. That’s why braces in Leeds, from various dentists such as Enhancedental, are now as discreet and fast-acting as
Invisalign: a clear solution
One particularly discreet system is called Invisalign. It uses nearly invisible aligners. These are transparent plastic trays, rather like mouth guards, that slide snugly over the teeth. At 0.3 millimetres thick, the plastic becomes almost impossible to see once it is over the teeth.
Invisalign aligners are 3D printed specifically for each patient from digital scans and impressions taken by their dentist, in a laboratory in the USA. Computer programmes use the scans to plot how the teeth need to move to reach their required alignment. A series of 12–48 aligners, each slightly differently from the previous one, mark the steps along the journey to a straighter set of teeth. The pressure from each aligner nudges the teeth along their trajectory, which takes about 2 weeks for each aligner.
Invisalign’s other great advantage is that the aligners are removable. This makes them, and the teeth, much easier to keep clean. If absolutely necessary, patients can even leave them off entirely for a few hours if they have an important function to attend. The aligners should, however, be worn for at least 20 hours a day, every day, for the quickest results.