Dentistry has expanded over the years to include a wider focus on aesthetics. This means that many practices offer a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments alongside their routine and restorative options. It also means that some of the equipment used in more traditional treatments has evolved to take the look of your dental fixtures into account.
A good example of this is something you will see if you are looking for braces at a dental practice like Dental Care Partnership in Sutton Coldfield. Many practices now offer a dental brand called Invisalign which is a great option for patients who want to prioritise looking good during treatment.
How Braces Work
All braces are designed to move the teeth. They have to do it quite slowly so that the body can adapt and so that you don’t experience too much discomfort during the process. Pressure is the magic force that moves teeth. If a tooth experiences consistent, gentle pressure to move in a certain direction then it will eventually do so. This is because the material blocking the tooth’s way will begin to break down to allow for movement. The space left behind is filled at the same rate by the body’s natural responses so that the tooth does not become loose on its journey. Teeth straightening methods used by your dentist all take advantage of this incredible effect to achieve the results you want. The only difference is in the way that the required pressure is applied.
Where Does Invisalign Come In
Invisalign is a method that utilises clear aligners that fit over the top of the teeth. There are a series of them in a treatment and you use one at a time in a certain order. Each aligner is used for around two weeks and you make the swap yourself, at home. Your aligner is contoured on the inside to almost fit the pattern of your teeth. Where differences exist, pressure is applied to encourage the teeth to move into the shape of the aligner. The next in the series moves this process on a little more until the last one shifts the teeth into your desired final positions. During this time, the dentist will monitor your progress at regular but brief appointments.