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Who is a Good Candidate for Invisalign in St John’s Wood?

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 at 9:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

For many years, adult patients had only one option when it came to teeth straightening: metal brackets and wires. Luckily, these days have gone, since modern dentistry has evolved and patients can now take advantage of discreet teeth straightening options such as Invisalign.

Invisalign in St John’s Wood is an innovative teeth straightening treatment that allows patients to straighten their teeth and fix their smile quickly, and above all, discreetly. The treatment has gained popularity over the years and it is now offered by many dental practices in northwest London, including Aura Dental. It has been used by more than four million patients worldwide. Figuring out if a patient is a good candidate for Invisalign is the first step towards straighter teeth.

What is Invisalign?

Rather than metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear, plastic, removable aligners that are custom-made to fit over each patient’s teeth. These aligners are created using 3D imaging technology, allowing the dentist to monitor the treatment of each patient consistently from the beginning. After about 7—10 days, patients will switch out their previous set of aligners for new ones. Over the course of time, these aligners will gently move the teeth into their ideal position.

Who can have Invisalign?

In general, Invisalign can treat most patients and if someone can have regular braces, chances are they can also have Invisalign. However, there are a few things that can disqualify a patient from getting Invisalign. Oral health is one of them. Patients with gum disease, tooth decay or other serious oral health problems, will need to have them treated in advance. If oral surgery or complex dental procedures must be done, Invisalign will often have a difficult time correcting the issues, such as large overbites or severely crooked teeth.

Patients with dental implants or bridges are also not ideal candidates for Invisalign in St John’s Wood but these aren’t absolute disqualifiers. Some patients with small dental flaws or misshapen teeth often will need further dental work to correct problems, but overall dentists can work with issues in the mouth alongside Invisalign treatments unless they are too complex to treat. In this case, they will likley recommend regular braces.