If anyone on the original Starship Enterprise had needed their teeth straightened, how do you think Bones, the chief medical officer, would have done it? Do you think he’d have gone for metal brackets and wires and elastics, cemented onto the teeth, or would he have chosen wafer thin, 3D printed, transparent aligners that disappear from view so that they seem to be invisible?
At Sutton Dental & Implant Clinic, we reckon the Star Trek crew are more likely to have the latter, and, seeing as there is no chief dental officer on the Enterprise, maybe they’d even come for treatment with Invisalign in Sutton Coldfield, with us!
Meanwhile, as we sit waiting for the Star Trek crew to pop in for a consultation, we are busy with many other people wanting Invisalign in Sutton Coldfield, the digital age’s answer to the centuries old questions of ‘how do I straighten these wonky teeth of mine?’
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is so different from previous ways of straightening teeth that many people are still only now becoming aware of it, despite the fact that these clear aligners have been on the market for almost 20 years and over 4 million people worldwide have used them.
Instead of one device that is cemented onto the teeth and is periodically adjusted, patients receive a series of aligners. They may all look the same but on the inside, these mouth guard-style straighteners each have little differences in their shape.
These deliberate differences create strategically placed pressure that moves the teeth over time, usually between one and two weeks, and then it’s time for the next aligner.
Invisalign aligners are only 0.3 millimetres thick, and once they are snapped on over the teeth, are pretty much impossible to spot. They don’t interfere with speech and the smooth plastic won’t rub inside the mouth.
The other big plus with Invisalign in Sutton Coldfield is that the aligners are removable for eating, drinking and cleaning your teeth, so they don’t make life any harder than it needs to be to get the treatment done. The average treatment time is a year and then you have to wear a retainer while your teeth settle into their new home in your jawbone.