Elite track cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny are about to compete at the Commonwealth Games. They have been a couple since the 2012 Olympics, and train together at the Velodrome in Manchester. Before the start of the games they have both embarked on Invisalign orthodontic treatment and are about to be fitted with their first sets of clear aligners to realign their teeth virtually invisibly.
They chose Invisalign to improve the look of their teeth because it is a discreet and non-invasive system which will allow them to continue to train and compete without impediment. They also wanted a treatment which would not be visible as they are filmed and photographed (often in close up) at every sporting event, and are also scrutinized on social media sites.
Laura commented: “I had fixed metal braces as a kid, but didn’t wear my retainer” As a result her teeth moved back to their original position. “You can see my teeth in all the photos taken of me, especially the close ups where I am biting my medals! So I am having Invisalign treatment because I am in the public eye and wanted to be able to smile with more confidence”.
However, she added: “I wanted something I could wear which did not affect my mouth when training and competing. Metal braces can rub the inside of the mouth and can be very uncomfortable. I remember when I was wearing them I had to find gels to put on the sore patches”.
Jason added: “I am having treatment to straighten my teeth to improve my confidence. In pictures taken over the last eight years I had become very aware that my teeth were getting worse and I want to be able to smile on the podium at the next Olympics.”
Their orthodontist Dr Bilal Bhatti, who is based close to where the athletes train in Manchester, added: “Laura and Jason wanted a treatment to straighten their teeth which would not affect their cycling performance. You can bite down hard when riding flat out and were concerned about wearing fixed braces.”
He added: “Invisalign is also a great treatment not only for elite athletes, but for people in the public eye whose performance speaking, singing or playing a wind instrument could be affected by having metal wires and brackets in their mouths”
Laura was also drawn to Invisalign because Dr Bhatti showed them ClinCheck - a digital prediction of the final outcome of their treatment, as she added: “I think it is a real bonus that I’ll be able to see what my teeth will look like at the end of my treatment and be able to give my opinion about the look I want to achieve before I start”.
Aligners are a clear, custom-fabricated device designed to gradually realign teeth and are meant to replace traditional braces. These aesthetically appealing aligners made from polyurethane resin and are virtually invisible, yet can straighten their teeth without the use of traditional metal brackets and wires. Each aligner is custom-made to prescription, using 3D digital technology, specifically to correct misaligned teeth by applying optimized force at the appropriate time. They are simply slipped over the teeth, and kept in the mouth for 20-22 hours a day; however they are designed to be removed during eating and tooth brushing to ensure oral health can be maintained throughout treatment. The aligners are changed for a new, modified set every two weeks and this in way, the teeth move gently and incrementally, week by week, until they have moved in to the final position prescribed by the Invisalign provider. Although treatment times varies, on average a person requires one year to eighteen months of treatment - equivalent to 26 sets of Invisalign aligners.
For more information and to follow Laura and Jason’s Invisalign journey please visit www.invisalign.co.uk as well as Facebook and Twitter www.facebook.com/invisalign.uk and www.twitter.com/invisalign_uk.