Invisible braces or clear aligners can be used in the upper and/or lower jaw and are commonly used to straighten teeth or close any unwanted gaps in between them. There are four main stages to the process, including namely, assessment, fabrication, fit and retention.
Invisible Braces Procedure
During the assessment stage, your dentist is required to review the alignment of teeth and also your jaw relationship. This is done by taking x-rays and impressions, or moulds, of your top and bottom teeth, to be then sent off to a specialist laboratory.
The fabrication stage of the process involves the use of computer software at the laboratory, where a 3D model of your teeth is created in order to simulate the movement of your teeth. In order to achieve the desired result, a number of plastic mouth guards (also known as clear aligners) are produced and sent to your dentist.
The fitting of the clear aligners is completed by your dentist, who will advise you how long treatment is expected to take and how the final results will be achieved. In some cases, it can be completed within six months, whereas more complex cases can take around 12-18 months. Your dentist should provide you with both written and verbal instructions explaining how the guards should be worn and the best ways to look after them. It’s likely you will be provided with four mouth guards so they can be changed every two weeks, applying gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into place. Regular check-ups with your dentist will be required in order to ensure that the treatment is progressing as planned.
After your dentist has confirmed that the treatment is complete, you should be supplied with some form of retention to ensure your teeth do not change position further. This can come in the form of a fixed wire, which is cemented to the back of your teeth, or a removable, clear mouth guard to be worn at night.
The Benefits of Invisible Braces
Invisible braces have increased in popularity due to their discreet nature and are often the preferred choice compared to that of traditional fixed metal braces.
They are also considered as more comfortable due to the fact they have no metal brackets or wires and they do not involve any drilling. Additionally, invisible braces cause minimal discomfort during the initial period of when they are being worn.
They are also removable, meaning they do not affect brushing and flossing or any time that you are eating and drinking.
This method of cosmetic dentistry can permanently improve your smile and is considered a relatively quick treatment compared to many other methods.
Disadvantages or risks involved with invisible braces
Invisible braces may not be suitable for patients with;
If you have any of the above, your dentist should advise you that you may not be suitable for this treatment and it could cause more harm than good.
There is also usually a high cost involved with invisible braces and this is something which should be explained before you begin treatment with your dentist.
You will also have to commit to the ongoing visits to the dentist, as well as wearing the braces for 22 hours a day and changing them every two weeks. Although there are not many direct risks involved, there are still a number of questions you must ask yourself before you agree to go through with the procedure.
What you should ask before agreeing to have invisible braces
Alternative Treat Options
Your dentist should provide you with information and advice regarding alternative treatment options, enabling you to make an informed decision before agreeing to invisible braces.
It’s also essential that your dentist confirms you are suitable for this type of treatment and whether it would suit the type of lifestyle you lead.
The Treatment Process
You should be well aware of the steps involved in the treatment, as well as the timeframe for completion, and what costs are involved.
Are invisible braces suitable for me?
Once your dentist has completed a thorough assessment of your teeth, jaw alignment, teeth positioning of teeth and also overall oral health, it can be decided whether this type of cosmetic dentistry is right for you. If you suit the criteria and want to avoid any drilling in order to achieve a straight smile, it’s likely this will be the right treatment for you.
What can I claim for if something goes wrong with my invisible braces?
Unfortunately, some people don’t get the outcome they had hoped for when they opt for invisible braces. If your dentist provides incorrect advice or there are no signs of improvement after you have paid for concealed braces, it’s possible you have suffered from dental negligence. In addition, if your braces are fitted incorrectly, causing harm to your teeth or gums, your dentist may be guilty of malpractice. It’s also required that your mouth and jaw undergo a thorough examination beforehand, ensuring you are suitable for this type of brace.
Contact the Dental Law Partnership
Do you think you have been charged too much for your invisible brace treatment? Or have you been caused additional pain as a result of your dentist’s poor treatment or advice? You may be entitled to make a claim for compensation if you think you have been treated negligently by your dentist.
if you need to speak to a legal professional regarding unsuccessful dental treatment, call the Dental Law Partnership today on freephone 0808 163 6051.