Straight to the point
Having straight looking teeth is one of the most valuable social assets that one can possess. As well as being indicative of a good level of oral hygiene and helping to prevent issues such as Gingivitis or periodontal disease from developing, a recent study has found that those who have straighter teeth are actually far more likely to succeed in all manner of unexpected ways – which may explain why so many people are increasingly seeking out information on Invisalign in Bedford as a means of opening up new possibilities and reaching higher heights of success.
Importance of a straight smile
As superficial and unfair as it may be, the fact is that almost all opinions about a person are based on the superficial, and established in just a fraction of a second. A study conducted by our American cousin found that 29% of those surveyed felt that a person’s smile is the first thing they notice when they meet, and that those who have straighter teeth are 45% more likely to land a job than those without, and 57% more likely to land a second date than those who have more crooked teeth. Whilst the Americans may be somewhat more image conscious than we are, the discrepancy between their study’s findings and the opinions of us here at home are not as large as you may think. This is why, in recent years there has been a notable increase in the amount of new patients who are turning to cosmetic orthodontic methods such as Invisalign to achieve a straighter looking, and healthier smile.
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign method of dental realignment is a relatively new form of orthodontics, whereby a dental retainer, rather than fused brackets and wires, is used to align a patient’s teeth over time. Whilst in the past, those who wanted to achieve a straighter smile would typically have to wear a clearly visible brace for the duration of treatment, Inviaslign works in a way which is uniquely different and discrete. Each dental retainer is made specifically to fit each patient perfectly, as it is crafted from a physical or digital mould of their unique dental shape. Additionally, the specialised, patented Smartrack plastic that the retainer is made from is thin and transparent and as such, when it is placed over the patient’s teeth it becomes almost completely invisible. This may rationalise the procedures increasing popularity with younger patients from the demographics of teenagers and young professionals who may desire a straighter smile but refrain from doing so due to concerns around treatment affecting how they look.
Fitting your retainer set
For those who feel that the Invisalign method is the best suited form of orthodontics for them and wish to carry out the procedure, they generally must carry out an informal but extensive consultation period with their trusted cosmetic dentist. This is usually carried out to gauge whether or not a patient is eligible for Invisalign treatment, as well as fill the patient in with the process and what they can expect it to do for their smile. Also during this preliminary stage, a digital or physical imprint of the patient’s teeth may be taken, from which the Smarttrack retainer is created. Each retainer has specifically positioned pressure points inside of it, which – when worn – gradually move their teeth into place until the patient has a straighter looking, healthier smile.