Have you been wanting to get your crooked teeth seen to for a while, but life just got in the way and now you’re a young adult with a smile you’re embarrassed about? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one, millions of young working professionals missed the boat in their youth when it came to getting their teeth straightened. With Invisalign in Clapham these problems are easily resolved, because we at Clapham South Dental Centre understand that fixing teeth, with little to no visible indication that it’s happening, is very important to those feeling the pressure of living in an image-focused world.
Straightening your teeth
Traditional braces are a daunting prospect for adults and most would not even consider it an option, because it takes too long and is rather unsightly, we understand. With social media picking up each and every smile, and recognising your face, you don’t want to be tagged sporting a metal grin like a prepubescent primary school child. This is where Invisalign in Clapham shines, the secret is in the name, it’s invisible and it aligns your teeth to a pleasing aesthetic and greater overall dental health, it truly is that simple and the best part is it can take less than a year.
Having straighter teeth can ensure correct cleaning, it makes brushing and flossing much easier when your teeth aren’t crooked or overlapping, as the build-up of plaque and bacteria is diminished and reduces the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. The long term results of having straight teeth are beneficial not only for health, but the potential for success; having an aesthetically pleasing smile can give an immediate boost in confidence.
The psychology of straight teeth
According to a study done by the Kelton Research for Alignment Technology (2012), the confidence in one’s self when having a straight and pleasing smile is incontrovertible, but it is also beneficial to how others feel about you. They noted that a person with straight teeth is perceived as someone who is able to get more dates, is smarter and has more professional success than those with crooked teeth. This is of course not necessarily true, but it is how people perceive one another on a biological level and first impressions are important.
Invisalign in Clapham requires a visit to your dentist who will take a 3D digital scan of your teeth and a computer will work out how your teeth will shift and align over time. A laboratory then creates invisible customised aligners that will fit over your teeth to move them in small increments over time, these aligners will be changed every 1-2 weeks in the comfort of your home, with a visit to your dentist every 6-8 weeks to check up on how things are going.
This treatment can address moderate alignment issues and bite problems whether it be overbite, crossbite, or underbite. There are different types of aligners for different problems and your dentist will be able to advise you on the best option for your situation.