For thousands of years people have wanted straighter teeth. Some ancient writings suggested that you apply pressure on baby teeth to make sure they would be straight. Rumours said Cleopatra used gold wires to straighten her teeth. By the 18th century more ‘scientific’ methods were being investigated.
But nothing really worked until metal braces were invented early last century. The cost came down and technology improved, but you still had a mouth full of metal.
There was no other way until the high-tech Invisalign process was developed.
From metal mouth to all-but-invisible
Orthodontic treatment wasn’t really affordable to families until the 1970s. But straighter teeth meant becoming a ‘metal mouth’ for a couple of years. Giving up favourite foods, suffering as braces were adjusted, and learning to smile with your mouth closed – nobody liked braces.
Teenagers with braces worried if anyone would ever want to kiss them. And if they kissed someone else with braces, would their mouths interlink?
Gradually metal braces became more discreet, but they were still on display for the duration of your treatment – generally years.
Fortunately, computer technology was developing rapidly and a whole new way of straightening teeth was created. In 1999, the Invisalign system of clear aligners was a new possibility for people who didn’t want their orthodontics to be obvious.
Why is Invisalign different?
Invisalign is different from metal braces because:
- the clear aligners which straighten your teeth are almost invisible
- you remove the aligners when you eat or drink so you don’t need to adjust your diet
- you clean your teeth after every meal and clean your aligners while they’re out
- several sets of aligners are supplied at one time, so you don’t need as many appointments
- with a computer-generated image you can see how your finished teeth will look before you start Invisalign
- they are far more comfortable than metal braces
Who can use Invisalign?
Most people can use Invisalign, but sometimes if you have particularly complex dental issues you may need braces first. Your DB Dental practitioner will examine your teeth at your free first consultation to see if you are suited to Invisalign treatment. You can make a booking online now.