A client came to us at Time Dental having not been for a dental examination in over five years. He wanted to know what his options were for straightening his lower front teeth which used to be straight but were now overlapping. He was now very conscious of the crowded teeth and did not show his teeth when smiling.
He was aware that porcelain veneers were a very good option for getting instant results. Porcelain veneers are also excellent for correcting mishapen and discoloured teeth however in his case his teeth were a good shape and did not like the idea of having his teeth prepared. He was aware of the use of braces to move his teeth into the correct position but would feel very self conscious if he had to wear braces for a year or more.
On discussions with the patient he was not keen having train-track braces and wanted to know if there were any alternative options. The invisible brace system Invisalign would be one option. This uses a series of clear aligners that incremently move the teeth into the correct position. The clear aligners are changed every 2 weeks and are virtually invisible. The treatment time can take anything from 6 months to 24 months depending on how much movement is required.
Another option is to use the Inman aligner. This is a removable brace that can move teeth in a matter if weeks. It does this by using a special spring loaded bars that very gentley squeeze the teeth into a straighter position. It’s great for moving upper or lower incisors.
The movements that we needed to achieve in this patients case invloved his canines and premolars and so he opted for the Invisalign system. The next steps would be to take impressions of his teeth and send them to the US where they use computer technology to predict the movements required to get to the desired result.
Feel free to call us about how Invisalign or the Inamn Aligner can help you on 01252 723 008