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Importance of good oral health care in cosmetic dentistry

In response to the increasing demand for dental cosmetics and in line with advances in technology, dentists have developed Invisalign Hertfordshire.

Many people have suffered in silence about the way their teeth look, because they have been worried about what people will say or think if they have a full mouth of metal braces. Thanks to Invisalign this is no longer a concern. Cosmetic dentistry is now more discreet and subtle than ever.

Invisalign is a modern and revolutionary method of improving the aesthetics of the teeth with comfort, convenience and discretion in mind. Good oral health is important for all aspects of life and to consider cosmetic dentistry, teeth and gums must be clean and healthy, to allow successful treatment and to ensure that any treatment does not result in further dental issues. Visiting the dentist on a regular basis and good oral hygiene techniques such as brushing after meals, flossing and using a good mouthwash to enhance cleaning, will help reduce any bacteria which may be lingering around in the back of the mouth. And this will help prevent dental issues which can affect the health of the teeth, as well as the way they look.

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How does Invisalign work?

To find out if Invisalign is the right treatment for a prospective patient, a dentist will first need to carry out a full examination of the patient’s mouth to make sure that the teeth are clean and healthy and that there are no underlying issues present which may affect the Invisalign treatment or get worse with Invisalign treatment. Once this has been verified then X-rays and scans can be carried out of the teeth, which will be used to help tailor the treatment procedure. A 3D scan of the mouth will help accurately predict what a successful course of Invisalign can do for the patient’s teeth. Following a full discussion about the expectations of the treatment procedure and the patient’s individual requirements, the X-rays and scans of the teeth will be sent off to the laboratory to have the Invisalign aligners tailor made to fit precisely, accurately and comfortably. The Invisalign aligners come in a series and each aligner is designed to move the teeth by 0.25mm so that once the whole set of aligners have been worn according to instruction, which is 2 weeks each for at least 20 hours a day, the teeth will have been aligned successfully in the desired position. The course of treatment can take from 9 months to 18 months and this is according to the extent of movement necessary for the teeth to be aligned into their desired positions.

Advantages of Invisalign

The Invisalign aligners are invisible as hinted in the name, which makes them extremely convenient for those who are self-conscious or embarrassed by conventional metal braces. They can be taken out and put back in as necessary throughout the day, which means they do not hinder any daily activities and There are no restrictions on food and drink as they can be taken out before the meal and then put back into the mouth when mealtimes are finished.  They are also very easy to clean, they can be brushed with an ordinary toothbrush and toothpaste and washed with clean warm water and placed back into the mouth. They are comfortable to wear as they have been specifically made to fit the patient’s mouth precisely.

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