DR KUMAR orthodonticsDr R Kumar has been using a system to straighten teeth without the need for metal braces,using instead a series of clear, plastic “aligners” which slowly move teeth over time, accordingto an individual preset virtual 3D treatment.Your dental impressions are scanned to make a 3-D model of your teeth and gums.Technicians at the laboratory are then able to isolate each tooth using the computer softwareand move them on screen according to the prescription from your dentist. The software thensimulates this movement in stages, moving different teeth, slowly and at different times untilthe final result is achieved.We use special laser scanning technology, whereby a laser beam follows the pattern of digitalinformation from the computer and solidifies liquid resin layer by layer, to produce the set ofplastic aligners which represent each tooth movement generated by the computer softwarefor your personal prescription.Being invisible it is said that no one can tell youre wearing them unless you point them out!They are removable so you can eat and drink, brush and floss your teeth with ease and dueto the lack of metal components as often found with brace systems, they are considered morecomfortable and less likely to cause abrasions such as mouth ulcers.Generally each aligner in a treatment sequence is worn for 2 weeks, meaning that as youchange to the next one your teeth slowly move until they are straightened into their finalposition. Depending on your individual case, the total treatment time can take 9 – 15 months,with the number of aligners worn during treatment being approximately 18 – 30. At the endthe teeth can be safely whitened if you so desire.
The cost depends on the amount of correction required for your teeth, and ultimately theamount of aligners needed to achieve it; but prices range from £3,000 to £5,000. Incomparison veneers will set up back from £150 to £1,000 per tooth depending on the type ofmaterial (porcelain or composite plastic) used.So what kind of result can you achieve in comparison to veneers? No teeth were harmed during the making of this smileWith TV programmes on almost every week showing dentists giving people the pearly-whitesof their dreams, and newspapers touting the latest procedure to give you a “new smile in anhour”, the attraction of a quick-fix cosmetic smile makeover such as dental veneers, ratherthan prolonged improvement through natural alignment can seem a very attractive option formany busy professionals.Dr Raj Kumar BDSLDSRCS