Invisalign: Reshaping The Future

Invisalign is a revolutionary form of non-invasive, discreet orthodontic alignment which is offered as an alternative to conventional methods such as fused metal ‘train-track’ braces. Conventional, fused braces - or ‘train-tracks’ as they are commonly known - are largely uncomfortable for the user and greatly affect their outward appearance, which may result in a loss of confidence or self-esteem during the course of treatment. Today, Invisalign treatment is largely favoured over conventional methods of dental realignment as, when worn, it is virtually undetectable - unlike typical methods of orthodontics. Graham Tinkler has been a pioneer of Invisalign treatment since it first hit the UK market over ten years ago and has in that time helped restore the smiles of over 2000+ happy patients. He offers a fully extensive form of Invisalign treatment, and utilises some of the most state-of-the-art technologies and innovations such as Invisalign iTero in London. 

Pulling together 
Invisalign is the brainchild of Stanford University graduate Zia Chishti, who in 2005, revolutionised conventional orthodontics by launching the Invisalign dental aligner. The process of Invisalign involves creating a custom-made removable retainer from patented SmartTrack plastic - chosen for its uniquely durable, yet malleable nature - which gradually aligns a patient’s teeth to their correct specifications, these are established during consultations between the patient and a dentist of their choosing whom they trust. One of the main attractions of Invisalign over conventional methods of orthodontics - which may explain its popularity with teenagers and young adults - is that, when worn, the retainer is practically invisible. Thus, it affords patients the luxury of undertaking essential dental realignment without attracting any unwanted attention or scrutiny from peers or colleagues. 

Ushering in the technological era 
Graham Tinkler has been at the forefront of the Invisalign market since it was introduced to the UK, and it is his belief that by combining his years of first-hand dental experience with the most cutting-edge technologies and innovation, a far better and more positive Invisalign process can come about. One of these technologies, which sets Graham Tinkler apart from the numerous others who offer Invisalign treatment, is the use of the Invisalign iTero Element Scanner. This is a cutting-edge form of digitally mapping software which allows a fully rendered 3D scan of the inside of a patient's mouth to be created, without using any dental putty or moulds. Without the use of the iTero Element Scanner, a patient would have to sit for a prolonged period of time with a moulding gel in their mouth - which can cause great discomfort - in order for the practitioner to get an accurate mould of the inside of their mouths. This scanner allows dentists to see every detail in the contours of a patient's teeth and adapt their treatment accordingly at the minimal discomfort of the patient. This process is not only far more comfortable for the patient, but also yields far more accurate results in a vasty shorter timeframe. Results from the iTero Scanner can also help practitioners create a digital rendering of how a patient’s teeth will look upon completion of treatment, which can be a massively boosting factor in their decision to carry out treatment.