Want to know a bit more about Invisalign? Our team at Dee Kay Dental answers your top questions

Having misaligned teeth as an adult is far from fun; often people with crooked teeth feel self-conscious about their smiles and avoid showing their teeth in group photos, which has an obvious impact on self-esteem.

Luckily, in the last 10 years, ways have developed for people with crooked teeth to straighten them without the need for metal braces, which can worsen issues surrounding confidence with adults. These options include clear braces and invisible aligners.

At Dee Kay Dental, we are proud to be able to offer our suitable patients invisible aligners, including Invisalign in Sheffield and can help you through every stage of the treatment. We can offer you tips on how to manage the aligner, how to clean it and we can, of course, advise you on when you need to change between aligners.

Here, our team at Dee Kay Dental answers some key questions that we have been asked about Invisalign in Sheffield.

Do the aligners hurt?

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a painless aligner or brace; remember, they are designed to move your teeth!

And so, while Invisalign in Sheffield may be regarded as the pinnacle of comfort in relation to other orthodontic treatments, it is not all plain sailing. We always advise our patients to invest in some over-the-counter pain relief when they begin wearing invisible aligners, to buffer them against discomfort for 2 days after they change aligners.

Do I need to wear them all the time?

Technically, no you don’t, as you will need to take them out to eat food and brush your teeth.

However, you do need to keep them in your mouth for around 22 hours per day in order to gain the most benefit from them.

Failure to do so may result in your teeth relapsing into their former positions, slowing down the treatment process or may prompt you to need to begin the process again.

How are they made?

Invisible aligners are made using 3D printers.

When you come to us for a fitting, we will use a 3D intraoral scanner to get a clear image of your teeth.

Using this, a team of orthodontic specialists will then use a computer to map how your teeth need to move to achieve the end result; your straightened smile.

Once this has been decided, these images are sent to a laboratory where a 3D scanner prints the aligners, using clear plastic. These are then sent back to our clinic where you pick them up.

How long do they last?

These aligners are designed to be worn for 2 weeks; and so, they usually last for around 2 weeks until your teeth have moved into their correct locations.

Once the aligners start to feel loose, it is time to move on to the next one in the series.

Are the results permanent?

Yes, they are!

Provided that you follow our team’s advice on wearing the aligners and use the retainers afterwards, the results of the procedure will be permanent. Perfect!