Making the Most of First Impressions

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People subconsciously infer an amazing amount of information about others during the first few seconds of first encountering them. They assess them for moral character, friendliness and happiness levels. And what do they use as a barometer for all this information? Why their smile, of course. This visual information, which people collect virtually subconsciously, has a very strong influence on someone’s opinion of another person, especially during occasions when people are being assessed. Think first dates and job interviews. Not smiling is usually translated as being miserable, cold or unfriendly, even if what’s really going on is that non-smiler is ashamed of their wonky teeth.

Fortunately, the dental profession now has several ways to discreetly straighten teeth, including a system called Invisalign in Harley Street. People living in central London will find Invisalign available from accredited dentists at surgeries such as Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Invisalign has been around since 1997, but when it first came on the market, it revolutionised teeth straightening with its lack of brackets, bands or wires. Instead Invisalign has clear plastic trays, rather like mouth guards, that go over the teeth and move the teeth.

There are several advantages to this method of teeth straightening.


Wearing ‘train track’ braces is forever associated with being a teenager; not a look many adults want to emulate. Instead of metal, the incredibly thin, clear plastic trays fit snugly over the teeth and become almost invisible once in place.

Food choices

Because Harley Street Invisalign aligners are removable. It makes them easy to keep clean, and the teeth are easy to clean too. Invisalign wearers can eat whatever takes their fancy. They just take out their aligners, eat, clean their teeth and put the aligners back in.

Also, if there are really special occasions, maybe a wedding, the aligner can come out for a few hours. It must be worn for at least 20 hours each and every day for the treatment to stay on schedule.

Teeth straightening with Invisalign in Harley Street takes a year, on average, although this depends on what needs doing. Invisalign is only suitable for mild to moderate alignment concerns.