Invisalign is the latest way to straighten your teeth – and it’s an almost invisible process. It uses individually designed and custom-fitted clear aligners which fit over your teeth and slowly straighten them. You change your aligners around every two weeks.
If Invisalign is suitable for your teeth, it’s much easier than having braces. Old fashioned metal braces were very hard to hide and the newer braces are still on view unless you’re at a serious distance. Plus braces can be tricky to clean and more painful to wear.
Invisalign vs braces effectiveness
Invisalign can save you time. Because Invisalign is custom-made for your teeth, you receive several sets of aligners each at each visit. You have a program for changing aligners without going to the dentist every couple of weeks.
You don’t need to have a special diet with Invisalign. You just have to take out your aligners before eating or drinking anything except plain water. Once you’re finished eating, you clean and floss your teeth and clean your aligners and pop them back in.
Can you see Invisalign?
Most people will have no idea you’re wearing Invisalign aligners. Because they’re so closely fitted to your teeth, they are all but invisible. You can’t say that about any kind of braces, sadly.
If you’re really concerned about a special occasion, you can remove your aligners for a few hours and put them back in later. But overall you do need to make sure that you’re wearing your aligners around 22 hours a day.
How does Invisalign straighten teeth?
First, you have a free consultation with your DB Dental practitioner to see if your teeth are suited to Invisalign. If you are, at your next appointment your practitioner takes a series of scans so your aligners can be custom-made. You’ll also be able to see a computer-generated image of how your teeth will look with the finished treatment.
At your third appointment your practitioner shows you how to fit and remove your aligners, and how to clean them. You’ll receive a program showing when you need to change to the next set and when you need your next appointment.
Everyone’s teeth are different, but from about six to 18 months your teeth will gradually move into their new positions. You can book a consultation with your DB Dental practitioner online now.