Invisalign is a virtually invisible and removable braces that helps you to transform your smile in a specific and comfortable manner. Invisalign aligners are clear and customised. The aligners will gradually straighten your teeth without the use of any metal wires or brackets. The aligners look like clear, flexible retainers and are removable, so you can remove them when eating or brushing your teeth.
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How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses virtually invisible aligners to straighten your teeth. The aligners are customised and made from thermoplastic material based on your treatment plan, created by your dentist. Throughout the treatment, you are provided with a series of bespoke, custom-made aligners to move your teeth in the manner determined by your doctor. Each aligner in this series is making slight adjustments to your tooth position. When the aligners are worn, they progressively shift your teeth from its current position. After about two weeks, you may use the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process.
Is Invisalign Treatment Painful?
Invisalign is beyond question, much more comfortable and less painful compared to fixed braces as there are no wires and brackets rubbing against the gums. For this treatment, at the beginning you may feel the pressure and the attachments can cause some soreness and ulceration, however, you will get used to this within a week or two. Once you are used to it, you might not even realise you are wearing the aligners at times.
Invisalign aligners are most effective when worn 20 – 22 hours per day and should be removed only for eating, brushing and flossing. The teeth will not move as planned or take a longer time to move if they are not worn adequately.
Invisalign vs Fixed Braces
Invisalign uses removable and invisible aligners while fixed braces uses wires and brackets attached to the teeth, which is not removable for the entire treatment duration.
The fact that Invisalign aligners are removable, unlike fixed braces, means that you need not avoid any of your favourite food which could cause the wires to break. With Invisalign, you can and should brush your teeth after each meal to maintain good oral hygiene.
But fixed braces are capable of more complicated teeth movements and is the obvious treatment option to opt for in cases requiring extractions and large movements for back teeth.
The Benefits of Invisalign
- Aligners are virtually invisible so the wearer feels less self-conscious
- They can be removed for up to four hours a day for eating and upkeep of oral hygiene
- There are no restrictions on what the user can eat during treatment as long as aligners are removed first
- It is a more hygienic option as food particles can be removed easily
- Aligners are easy to clean, and teeth can be cleaned as normal
- Visits to the orthodontist is not as frequent, depending on the number of aligners issued
Invisalign Treatment Procedure
The treatment procedure normally comprises of the following steps:
Book a consultation with one of our dentists to assess your current smile and understand how Invisalign could work for you. Our dentist will guide you on how the the treatment works, provide an estimate on how long the treatment is likely to be for your case and provide an indicative treatment costs and payment options available. If you decide to proceed with the treatment, we will conduct the following:
- iTero digital 3D scan which creates a 3D model of your teeth
- Digital photos of your teeth
- Panoramic x-ray
- Customised treatment plan outlining treatment costs
Normally after 2 weeks, we will do a review of the 3-D Clincheck video with you, showing the expected tooth movement from start to potential final result and expected treatment duration.
We may need to place some small white pressure points on your teeth (attachments) to help with tooth movements which we will remove at the end of treatment. In some cases, we would also need to carry out some minor interproximal reduction to create space to allow tooth movement to occur.
Invisalign Review Appointments
You will need to come and see us once every 4-6 weeks so that we can monitor your treatment and provide you with new aligners and attachments as necessary.
When you come to the end of your treatment plan, there will be no need for you to wear the aligners. You may need to continue to wear a retainer for some time after the prescribed treatment. This can vary depending on your individual requirements though.
Who is Suitable for Invisalign?
Invisalign is suitable for teens and adults alike. As long as your teeth are healthy (and predominantly your own) you’ll be a suited candidate, there’s no upper age limit.
There’s even an Invisalign aligner specially designed for teenagers. It features wear indicators, which help to ensure you are wearing your brace for long enough each day, as well as a special design that allows for the eruption of your molars.
Invisalign can help with a wide range of Orthodontic issues such as crowding, spacing, overbite, underbite, open bite and cross bite. To know more, click here. Invisalign is also suitable for patients with crowns, implants and veneers.