While clear braces UK such as Invisalign braces Manchester, might not be the fastest of orthodontic treatments, they have revolutionized the way that we think about dental brace appliances. Instead of the traditional fixed bracket and wiring style brace system that we all know, aligner style clear brace systems offer removable acrylic trays which are worn over the teeth, just like a gum shield.
So what are the differences between Invisalign braces than normal dental braces?
Unsurprisingly there are many. We’ve already mentioned that this type of clear braces UK does away with brackets and wiring in favour of a clear plastic gum shield; but in addition, (particularly with Invisalign braces) Manchester patients may be surprised to learn that instead of one single appliance worn for the duration of the treatment, Invisalign involves a series of custom-made aligners (trays) which are changed every two weeks.
So why is this?
Conventional braces move teeth by applying sustained pressure. This is done through a series of self-tensioning or adjustable wires which are threaded through brackets fixed to the inside or outside of the teeth. As the wires are made taut, they gradually pull the teeth into the right position over a period of time. As a result, just one appliance moves the teeth from start to finish.
Conversely, Invisalign braces Manchester use the flex of the resilient clear plastic to push the teeth gently back into position. Each aligner is designed to move the teeth just a fraction of an inch. Once that occurs, and the move is complete, the existing tray is discarded in favour of the subsequent aligner which takes over the next move. It’s this combination of individual moves which culminates in the final end result. The beauty of this system is that you know instantly whether the teeth are moving correctly because if they weren’t, the subsequent aligner wouldn’t fit properly.
Another difference is that they look nothing like a conventional brace appliance. For starters, they’re made from clear acrylic and are shaped just like a soft mouth guard. This means that there are no sharp edges that can rub or cause irritation. There’s no need for regular tightening and adjustments as the trays (aligners) themselves do this, and most importantly they’re designed to be taken out when eating and drinking. This aids dental cleaning and brushing.
While it’s true that they’re not the fastest orthodontic treatment, Clear braces UK do offer a discreet, comfortable way to straighten your teeth, that on the face of it are a million miles away from conventional brace systems. Why not come and talk to us today about Invisalign braces in Manchester today and see what all the fuss is about! To book a consultation contact us on 0161 660 1218 and let us show you the modern way to straighten teeth.