This month marks National Smile Month. So got me thinking about straight, white teeth: it’s been something of a fixation of mine since I was small and got a clean teeth sticker at Primary School. I was so chuffed that I ran home and stuck it to the bathroom mirror. Not so happy, however, was my mum. Not because she didn’t applaud my dedication to oral hygiene. No, she just wasn’t quite so impressed with my interior design addition.
And it seems that I'm not alone. A recent survey by dental aligner brand Invisalign reports that 25 per cent of Scots are more concerned about baring their teeth than their bodies this summer. Nowadays, teeth say a lot about a person. For some, like model Georgia Jagger with her gap, it’s a trademark. But mostly, the toothy trend is the whiter and straighter the better. Over the years I’ve been pretty happy with my own set of nashers. But I have noticed that they’ve moved over the years, however, so getting married seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something about it.
Now, I wasn’t too keen on getting those traditional braces, those so-called train track, the bane of many of teenager’s existence. But then I heard about a new system called Invisalign, reportedly used by Kate Middleton before her own wedding. These are the clear aligners which are made specifically for your teeth. They’re removable and the aligners are changed every two weeks for the next set. So that week by week your teeth are gradually moved until they reach the desired position.
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