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What is Invisalign
Invisalign is an orthodontic product to effectively help correct a number of different orthodontic issues and gives you a balanced, even smile. This method of straightening teeth can be more comfortable, pain-free and virtually invisible compared to traditional braces. In addition to this, effective oral hygiene can be maintained throughout the teeth straightening process.
The Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear aligners, thin plastic trays, that apply a constant force to teeth to affect their movement and are changed every two weeks. They look a little like a traditional mouthguard, made of a thin, lightweight, clear plastic. The aligners are worn day and night but can be removed when eating, flossing or cleaning your teeth. As each aligner is worn and changed, they move the teeth very gradually until the required result is achieved.
Many adults who have bite problems or crooked teeth refrain from having their teeth straightened simply because they don’t want to be seen in the workplace wearing ‘railroad track’ braces. Invisalign elegantly solves this problem. They are virtually undetectable. And they’re more comfortable – in fact, many people soon forget they’re wearing them.
Another advantage is that the aligners can be removed for brief periods. While they should be worn constantly, it is acceptable to remove them for a maximum of two hours a day – perfect for special occasions or big presentations.
What’s the process?
After an initial consultation with your dentist or orthodontist, a 3D digital image of your teeth will be produced. A set of custom aligners, specifically made for you, is then produced from this image. At this point, it’s also possible to see a computerised estimate of how your teeth will look once the treatment is complete. This gives you a realistic expectation of the final outcome.
Each aligner is worn for two weeks before moving to the next one in the series. Generally, treatment can take between 9-18 months and a visit to the dentist or orthodontist is required every 4-6 weeks. While the number of aligners needed is different for each patient and their treatment plan, it usually requires 18 to 36 aligners to achieve the final result.
Advantages of Invisalign
There can be various reasons why adults are attracted to Invisalign: it helps corrects a number of orthodontic issues including overcrowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, cross-bites, overbites and underbites
- it’s virtually invisible as opposed to obvious metal braces
- can be removed for up to 2 hours
- causes less irritation to gums, teeth or cheeks
- teeth can be brushed and flossed as normal
- comfortable with low impact on day-to-day activities.
Can I get Invisalign ?
While Invisalign is suitable for most people, not all orthodontic issues can be treated with aligners. It is important that you are assessed by an Invisalign trained dentist or orthodontist to see if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign.
Is Invisalign suitable for teenagers ?
There is a specific Invisalign product for teenagers called Invisalign Teen. As teenagers are often more self-conscious about their smile than adults, they appreciate the invisible quality of the aligners. The exact same technology and process is used with Invisalign Teen but a few helpful modifications are included.
A small indicator on the aligner gradually changes from blue to clear to remind teenagers that they are approaching the end of their wear time. There are also a number of free replacement aligners included – just in case any get lost or misplaced.
Are Invisalign results permanent ?
The results from Invisalign last just as long as the results from traditional braces. However, no matter which technique is used, teeth have a tendency to relapse. It’s generally recommended that at the end of your treatment a fixed retainer be applied to your teeth, or you may need to wear a retainer at night, to maintain your new and even smile.
Why Use Invisalign ?
For patients who have a difficulty with oral hygiene (regular brushing and flossing), traditional braces might pose a challenge. That’s because metal braces hamper their ability to gain access to the full gum and tooth area. In such cases, Invisalign offers a relatively low-maintenance option to addressing dental issues requiring the use of braces because patients are able to floss and brush as normal.
Some patients may have extra sensitive palates that cannot withstand contact with metallic objects like steel braces or brackets used in traditional braces. In some instances, gum irritation/pain may also be a factor against choosing traditional braces.
Additionally, because they are constructed of clear material, they blend in with the surrounding teeth, and are almost unnoticeable to the casual observer. This means users of Invisalign aligners can continue their treatment in complete anonymity.
Although there are many other options, the Invisalign treatment provides the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day. for more information please see Dental Braces Retainers
It’s different for everyone. Invisalign treatment can range from 9 to 18 months, depending on what’s needed to get your smile straight and beautiful. Your dentist or orthodontist will determine the time frame and let you know before starting treatment.
The convenience and ease of Invisalign have made it the choice of over half a million people. You can live your normal lifestyle and still end up with an incredible smile, thanks to the comfort, convenience and virtual invisibility Invisalign provides during treatment.
Be as active as you like! And of course you can remove your aligners for special occasions.
Much less! Most people experience minor temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is usually described as a feeling of pressure. That’s a sign that Invisalign is working, sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away a couple of days after you insert the new aligner.
invisalign uses 3D computer imaging technology to show you the complete treatment plan, from the initial position to the final desired position before treatment even starts.
As soon as you are happy with the computer simulation, a series of custom-moulded ‘aligners’ are produced. The clear, removable aligners gradually straighten teeth, positioning them into a wonderful new smile.
As well as being almost invisible, they’re removable. So you can eat and drink whatever you like during your treatment. You’ll also be able to brush and floss as normal.
Invisalign®, like everything, is not always right for everyone. The aligners work extremely well for a vast majority of patients, both adolescents and adults. Invisalign® suits people whose teeth are crowded or have spaces between them, and those whose teeth may have shifted after having worn braces in their youth.
The great news is that you can now get straighter teeth without the look of metal braces. For decades, traditional braces have been the only option for adults who wanted straighter teeth. Now there’s Invisalign™. This amazing straightening product is custom-made to suit you perfectly. And because Invisalign™ is nearly invisible, your teeth can be straightened without anyone even knowing.