A virtually invisible way to create straighter teeth.
Do you desire straighter teeth but do not want the hassle of metal wired braces?
Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic treatment which is used to straighten teeth and is becoming an alternative option to the metal wired braces.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign involves wearing a set of clear plastic aligners which are removable. They are custom created to fit your teeth, similar to a mouth guard, but are less noticeable.
The aligner applies pressure to your teeth which allows for the teeth to be moved into a desired position. The recommended time to wear the aligners each day is 22 hours. The aligner can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
Each aligner is worn for approximately 2 weeks, then is updated to a new one to work through the straightening process.
What can Invisalign treat?
Invisalign can solve a range of problems that if not treated can lead to issues such as being unable to clean and floss properly, jaw problems and more serious issues such as gum decay and disease. Invisalign can help to correct these problems:
- Mild alignment or crooked teeth problems
- Gaps between teeth
- Over or underbite
Can Invisalign treat an overbite?
Having an overbite is where your top teeth overlap the lower teeth and can lead to more complicated jaw problems.
The good news is that in most cases, Invisalign can be used to treat an overbite. The aligners are adjusted approximately every 2 weeks which allows for the overbite to gradually disappear.
The results and time frame needed for Invisalign is different for each person.
Invisalign or traditional braces?
Invisalign has many advantages over metal braces when considering what treatment is best for you.
As Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic treatment, it creates optimum results. Whilst being pretty much invisible, they are becoming a more common option for people that do not want the undesirable look of braces.
Invisalign is meant to be a more comfortable option and requires less trips to the dentist.
Invisalign makes it easier to clean and floss your teeth as the aligners can be removed. This allows you to complete your usual oral hygiene routine. Invisalign can also be cleaned once removed to keep them and your teeth healthy.
However, as effective as Invisalign is for simple dental issues which can be fixed with applying small amounts of pressure, braces are recommended for more complex teeth realignment issues. They can work a lot quicker and are more effective of closing gaps to align teeth.
Which treatment is better for you will depend purely on your treatment needed and your desired outcome. We are happy to talk through your options and help you decide which one is more suitable for you.
Yes, the treatment is generally considered very comfortable and pain-free. The Invisalign aligners are made from clear plastic and are custom made to fit your teeth much like a mouth guard, making them very comfortable. The aligners do not contain any wires or metal pieces, so there is less risk of gum irritation than with traditional braces. They can also be removed for eating and drinking, which means that you don’t need to worry about avoiding certain foods while you undergo orthodontic treatment.
No, Invisalign is not always the option we recommend, so we recommend that you come in for a consultation and assessment so that we can help you determine the best treatment for your case. Invisalign is often used to treat simple dental issues that can be fixed by applying small amounts of pressure to the teeth. In cases of more complex alignment issues, traditional metal braces may be a more suitable option. When you come in and see us, we will help you decide which orthodontic treatment is most suited to your particular issue.
Yes, it is very important that you follow your orthodontist’s instructions when it comes to wearing your Invisalign aligners. This will ensure that you achieve optimal results within the expected time frame. We generally recommend that you wear the aligners every day for at least 22 hours. You can, however, remove the aligner when you eat and drink, as well as when you brush and floss your teeth. Each aligner is worn for around two weeks before it is replaced with a new one as part of the planned straightening process.