Invisalign in St John’s Wood has become one of the area’s most popular ways to get straighter teeth, especially for adults who need to be able to continue to present a professional image as they go through their straightening treatment.
But why is this way of getting teeth straightened so popular and who offers this device? Invisalign in St John’s Wood is available from dentists who have completed training with Invisalign, such as those at Aura Dental. There are various levels of accredited provider, with platinum being the highest. The level depends on how long the dentist has been providing Invisalign in St John’s Wood and how many patients they have successfully treated.
How the Invisalign process works
Invisalign is based on digital technology. Getting one’s teeth straightened with Invisalign starts with a free consultation. During this, the dentist makes a brief assessment to ensure that Invisalign is indeed the right treatment for the alignment issues presented. Invisalign clear aligners work best on mild to moderate alignment issues, and because of the way the aligners push rather than pull the teeth into alignment, there are some issues they cannot treat. These include teeth that have not descended far enough.
If the patient gets the go-ahead, the next step is a detailed assessment. Nowadays, most Invisalign dentists have a handheld scanner, the Invisalign Itero, which they put into the mouth to take hundreds of pictures of the patient’s teeth. These appear in real time on a nearby screen, building up a 3D image of the teeth. This can then be viewed from any angle and put through a computer programme to show how the teeth will need to move to reach alignment.
That information gets sent off to Invisalign in the USA, where a series of aligners are 3D printed. Each one has slightly differing internal ridges and bumps. The patient wears each one in order. They start off feeling like they don’t fit, but over the course of the next 7-10 days, as the ridges press on the teeth to move, they start to fit. Treatment takes about a year.