Move over ‘brace face’

Near invisible braces are putting smiles on the faces of children and adults at Duxton Dental. And with treatment often quicker and less painful, Invisalign is making taunts like ‘brace face’ a thing of the past.

The question Grahame Dutton from Duxton Dental hears most often is “can I have Invisalign?” In fact, from the mouths of our millennials, it’s more like “I’m not having braces. I want Invisalign.” And, generally, the answer is YES, says Grahame. In most cases Invisalign can be used to move the teeth and develop the smile. For some mouths a fixed appliance may still be more appropriate, but the Duxton Dental team is finding traditional braces are becoming less necessary.

Grahame outlines the pros of Invisalign

  • Obviously, they look a lot better. In most cases, you can’t even tell that Invisalign-wearers (adults and kids) are having their teeth moved and smile enhanced. And kids don’t have to go through the ‘brace face’ or ‘railway tracks’ stage to get straight teeth like their parents might have done. School photos certainly look better. 
  • No metal brackets or braces, which means no cheek trauma or cut up tongues and it’s so much easier for people to clean their teeth. Therefore Invisalign-wearers seem to have much better gum health during treatment and there’s less chance of white marks (caused by demineralisation where plaque has sat on the teeth too long) after treatment.
  • From an orthodontics perspective the real benefit is you can visualise the end point of the treatment before you even start. Using a short video we can show the kids and their parents how the teeth are now, what the straightening process looks like and the finished result they can expect.
  • The ability to use a 3D scan and move through custom aligners I find is more accurate than braces where you use factory-made wires which may not totally suit the individual’s arch shapes.
  • At Duxton Dental we’re finding that our patients’ treatment appears to be less painful – in some cases, it’s pain-free. This is because each aligner is moving the teeth only a quarter of a millimetre then it becomes passive until the next aligner goes in (usually in a week). In many cases treatment times may also be shorter because, right from the start, we’re able to move the teeth in all three dimensions.
  • The aligners can be removed for special occasions and contact sports, so that’s also a bonus. You would imagine that being removable could also a downside but we haven’t found compliance to be a major issue, at all.
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