In a survey of 2000 UK consumers by Align Technology in May 2012 34% said they regarded those with straight teeth and a great smile as more successful, while 38% thought they were more popular.
So with more than a third of respondents thinking people with straight teeth are better socially and professionally, it’s no wonder 43% were most conscious of their smile when meeting others for the first time. Yet dispite half of those questioned felling unconfident about their teeth, the stigma of traditional metal braces makes them reluctant to change them.
This is where Invisalign comes in. Invisalign is a series of virtually invisible removable aligners that straighten teeth in 9-18 months depending on the complexity of the case. The process uses 3D computer-imaging to depict the whole treatment plan, from the initial position of the teeth to the final desired look. A series of clear, custom-made aligners gradually move your teeth into place. They are removable, so you can eat what you want and easily brush your teeth, and each one is worn for two weeks before being replaced by the nest in the series.
Because of its discreet nature and effectiveness, invisalign has been used by over 1.8 million people worldwide to date. So if you lack confidence about your teeth, this might give you something to smile about.