Invisalign is a discreet and effective orthodontic solution that uses a series of clear aligners
Unlike traditional orthodontic techniques such as metal braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that are removable and custom-made to fit your smile exactly. These aligners are designed to move your teeth into the desired position over time.
Also known as: clear braces, invisible braces, clear retainer, clear aligner, teeth aligners, invisible teeth aligner.
Desired results: Invisalign is a clear orthodontic solution. It helps to straighten misaligned teeth. Invisalign is removable and acts as an alternative to braces.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to straighten your teeth effectively and discreetly. Firstly, we take a 3D scan of your teeth. This helps us to establish exactly where there may be problem areas, and helps us to map exact movements and give you an estimated duration of your treatment. This 3D scan will also allow you to preview what your smile will look like once treatment is finished.
Once your aligners have been made, you will be given four or more sets of aligners at a time. Each set of aligners must be worn for at approximately 1-2 weeks, with each aligner taking the adjustment one step further than the previous aligner.
To ensure you achieve the best results possible, you will need to make sure you wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours each day. Obviously, the aligners can be removed when eating, but make sure you brush your teeth before putting your Invisalign aligners back on. Because you are provided with a number of sets of aligners at a time, it reduces the amount of time you spend in the dentist’s chair.
How long does Invisalign take to straighten teeth?
The duration of Invisalign treatment will vary depending on a number of different factors. This may include the severity of the case, the age of the patient and the desired result, among many others. Generally, treatment can last from anywhere between 6 months to 3 years. Most commonly, treatment duration is approximately 12 months.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Many patients choose Invisalign over other forms of orthodontics due to the unique advantages of the treatment. Some of these include:
Virtually invisible: Because Invisalign is virtually invisible and is completely removable, you can smile for photos without having to worry about your orthodontics being visible.
Removable: Invisalign is completely removable, making it easy to fit into your lifestyle. You can eat and drink what you want, and play sport without having to worry about damaging your orthodontics.
Custom made: Because Invisalign aligners are custom made to fit your teeth, they are developed to feel comfortable within your mouth. You won’t have to worry about brackets and wires cutting into your mouth. Best of all, they are virtually invisible.
Improved oral health: Because Invisalign can be removed, you can keep up your regular oral hygiene routine. This means that brushing and flossing will not be obstructed in any way.
Am I a suitable candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is suitable for both teenagers and adults. If you have a severe case, Invisalign may not be the most effective treatment for you. If you attend a consultation with the team at All About Teeth, we can provide guidance on the most suitable treatment for your specific condition. We always ensure that we select a treatment with you that will meet your individual lifestyle needs and is within your budget.
The cost of Invisalign will vary depending upon a number of factors. Each patient is unique and therefore you should consult with your dentist or orthodontist for an accurate price estimate.
Generally, you will experience some discomfort at the beginning of each new aligner stage. This discomfort should subside quickly and is completely normal. A feeling of slight pressure is great as it means that the aligners are doing their job.
Your first step is to book a consultation with the team here at All About Teeth. Give us a call or fill out our contact form and one of our friendly team members will be in touch with you shortly.
Your Invisalign aligners are completely removable and should be taken out when eating and when drinking liquids other than water.