From the comfort of business-casual attire (a.k.a, “pyjama bottoms”) to the lack of commute and longer lunches, working from home has had its benefits.
But it has also meant we’re spending far more time awkwardly staring at ourselves in video calls (there’s a good reason for that).
And if this virtual mirror has you second-guessing your smile, don’t worry — there’s something you can do… and it won’t require a mouthful of metal.
The answer? Invisalign retainers; the most discreet way to straighten teeth.
In this post, we answer some FAQs to explain how Invisalign can help you achieve that Zoom-ready smile, without anyone realising you’re wearing them in the first place.
How discreet is Invisalign?
In a word: Very.
Invisalign clear aligners offer a subtle yet effective solution to crooked teeth. Instead of traditional metal braces, which rely on brackets, wires, and elastic, Invisalign is made using a patented flexible thermoplastic material called SmartTrack.
And because this plastic is see-through and shaped specifically to your mouth, it blends almost seamlessly. Contrast that with the harsh, industrial-looking traditional brace (dark against the white of your teeth), and you’ll soon see why Invisalign is so popular.
Will people notice?
The people on the other end of your webcam will need to be eagle-eyed to spot the custom-fit, translucent Invisalign aligners. Made-to-measure, the aligner trays fit snugly over your teeth, making them comfortable to wear as they move your teeth into the desired position.
How long does Invisalign take to work?
One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is the relatively quick treatment plan.
While traditional braces can take anywhere up to two years to deliver a result, you’ll see a noticeable difference after only six months when using Invisalign (depending on how crooked or crowded your teeth are at the start).
And as orthodontic treatment goes, it’s simple and straightforward. As your treatment progresses, you’ll graduate to a number of different aligner trays, each continuing to move your teeth into place until you reach the desired result.
Six months? That’s amazing!
Yes, but we do need to temper expectations here. Invisalign can be used to treat protrusions, gaps, and bite issues, among other dental problems, but the estimated treatment time will ultimately come down to your circumstances.
After your initial consultation, you’ll have a better understanding of how long Invisalign will take to straighten your teeth.
And the success of your treatment will rest on your discipline to follow through with the plan. You need to wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day in order to achieve your beautiful new smile.
You can remove them when you eat or brush your teeth (and you could even take them out when you’re on a video call), but you have to remember to put them back in afterwards; otherwise, you could put your timeline at risk.
Isn’t this treatment just for kids and teenagers?
A common misconception about Invisalign is that it’s only for young people, yet that couldn’t be further from the truth. Adults and teens alike are benefiting from this inconspicuous orthodontic treatment.
While teenagers often feel awkward or embarrassed by the need to wear braces, being self-conscious about fixing your teeth isn’t exclusive to them. Some adults have expressed the very same concerns.
That’s why, in a world of Facetime, Zoom, Google Meet, Teams, Slack, and the rest, Invisalign treatment makes sense. Through the lens of a smartphone or webcam, no-one will notice that you’re discreetly enhancing your smile — until one day, you flash a big (straight) toothy grin, and steal the show.
Self-conscious about your smile? Try Invisalign
If you’d like to learn more about how Invisalign can help you get the Zoom-ready smile you deserve, speak with one of our specialist orthodontists. We can even arrange a virtual consultation to talk you through the treatment, answer your questions, and set you on the road to straighter teeth.