In 1999, Align technology introduced Invisalign Macleod, a modern, convenient and most importantly discrete method of straightening your teeth without the need for metal braces and brackets in the mouth. Invisalign Macleod quickly became a popular alternative to traditional metal braces and just over two decades later it is one of the most popular teeth straightening treatments across the world. Since its introduction more than 13 million patients across the world of all ages have straightened their teeth using invisalign. It is used for cosmetic purposes to address minor or moderate misalignment issues of the teeth. If you are interested in finding out how Invisalign Macleod could work for you then you need to speak to your dentist and book a consultation very soon.
Healthy teeth and gums for successful cosmetic treatment
If you want to undergo cosmetic dental treatment then it is important that you have healthy teeth and gums. If you are suffering from tooth decay or your gums are affected by gingivitis or periodontitis then this will affect the success of your cosmetic treatment. It may even harm your teeth. To begin with, your dentist will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to check for underlying dental health issues. If necessary a restorative treatment plan will be put together for you. Once your dental health issues have been addressed a cosmetic dental treatment plan can be put together to improve the appearance of your teeth.
Invisalign for transforming your smile
Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are used to whiten the teeth. These are bleaching agents that break down the stain molecules on the surface of your teeth. Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient which begins to work immediately whereas carbamide peroxide is more gentle and needs to be broken down into hydrogen peroxide and urea to slowly break down the remaining stain molecules on your teeth. They will be prescribed to you as a gel and at the dental practice this will be applied directly to your teeth and activated using a UV light to whiten your teeth in a short amount of time. At home the gel will be worn in an individually tailored whitening tray that is worn in the mouth for a prescribed amount of time during the day and again overnight whilst you sleep.
Invisalign Macleod can be used as a stand-alone procedure to improve the misalignment issues that are affecting the appearance of your smile and the health of your teeth. It can also be used in combination with other treatments or procedures to create a complete smile makeover. You need to speak to your dentist and find out what is the best treatment plan for you. Firstly you will need to undergo a three-dimensional scan of your mouth to create a digital image that helps visualise your teeth and see how successful treatment with Invisalign can change the alignment of your teeth.
If you are happy with the possible results then a set of aligners will be ordered for you which will be designed and manufactured according to your scan results. You should receive the aligners within a few weeks and the treatment can begin. Invisalign Macleod works with a series of aligners, the number of which will depend on your individual dental requirements. Each aligner moves your teeth by approximately 0.25 to 0.3 mm within 10 to 14 days and then you move on to the next aligner in the series. Invisalign aligners are popular because of their convenience. The aligners are taken out of your mouth at meal times so that you can enjoy food and drink as you choose. You are also able to look after your teeth by brushing and flossing thoroughly after meal times before you replace your aligners.The treatment takes approximately 6 to 12-months altogether and during this time you will visit the dentist at regular intervals to make sure that the process is coming along successfully. Speak to your dentist and find out more about an Invisalign treatment plan for you.
All treatments carry risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.