Always wanted straighter teeth without the embarrassment of having braces?
Clear aligners are one of the most popular choices of orthodontic treatment for adults. Often known by the manufacturer’s name, such as Invisalign®, they don’t use metal brackets or wires, and instead work to straighten your teeth through a series of removable plastic aligners.
How Invisalign® works
This orthodontic treatment is suitable for those with crooked or crowded teeth, or for people who have had braces in the past and their teeth are moving back to the original position. In general, Invisalign works best for patients needing minor corrections.
Bite impressions or scans will be taken and sent to the manufacturer, who will create a series of aligners using 3D computer generated imaging (CGI) technology. Your dentist will also show you a projection of how your teeth will look after the treatment is finished.
Once the aligners have been produced, your dentist will make sure that they fit you perfectly and are comfortable. Each set should be worn night and day for two weeks each however, you take out your aligner during meals, to drink, and to brush your teeth.
Benefits of Invisalign®
Clear aligners are extremely appealing for patients who don’t want to wear braces or be obvious about their dental treatment. They’re more comfortable than braces, as they don’t have metal brackets or wires which can irritate your mouth, and they’re less painful. They’re also subtle and transparent, custom-made and fit snugly on your teeth.
An Invisalign® treatment will leave you with straighter teeth more discretely, so contact your DB dentist today to book in an appointment.
What is Invisalign™?
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.
How does Invisalign™ Work?
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.
Is Invisalign™ as painful as traditional braces?
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.
Why do people prefer Invisalign™?
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.
How long does Invisalign™ take?
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.