Invisalign

Invisalign (Clear Braces)

Invisalign is a form of orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. Unlike traditional fixed braces which are cemented to your teeth for the duration of your orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is virtually invisible, able to be removed and comfortable, so are great for people who want braces without the braces look!

A series of custom made, clear, see-through trays (aligners) are computer generated and which fit exactly over your teeth and are virtually unnoticeable. These clear aligners will move your teeth gradually week by week until they are straight.

What happens during Invisalign treatment?

As with any type of braces, we will do a comprehensive assessment first. We examine your teeth, jaws, muscles and jaw joint to see if invisalign is suitable for you. If so, we so, we then need to take a full set of records, including photographs and xrays.

The next step is to take impressions of your teeth to make a mould of how they are. The impression will then be sent to Invisalign for processing and your aligners are made with these.

A three dimensional computer model of the final outcome is created. Your dentist will then discuss this with you so you are happy with the final outcome. This also tells us exactly what will be involved during your treatment. If we all agree, a series of custom made aligners are fabricated to fit your teeth exactly. Each aligner is slightly different so that they gradually straighten your teeth.

You will wear the aligner day and night for at least 22 hours, only taking then out to eat, brush and floss, for approximately two weeks, before moving on to the next aligner in the series.

Your dentist will need to see you every four to six weeks for a progress review; and if everything is going as planned you will also receive the next aligners in the series at these appointments. This process will continue throughout your treatment until your teeth are straight.

You will be given instructions on how to use and look after the aligners. But remember, the success of the treatment highly depends on you wearing the aligners the appropriate amount of time.

Is there any difference between Invisalign and Traditional braces?

The invisalign technology has improved greatly over the years and we have seen it achieve great results. In our opinion, it is a great tool. With this said, it all depends on the case. To achieve complex tooth movement, we still prefer to use traditional braces as it gives us more control over the exact forces put on the teeth. We also find traditional braces faster than Invisalign by around 3 months or more, depending on the case.

Summary:

  • Must be worn for 22 hours a day in order to be effective
  • Removed when you eat, brush and floss
  • Changed to a new aligner approximately every two weeks
  • You will have regular progress checks with your dentist
  • The treatment time is generally 12 to 24 months, however it depends on the complexity of your case