You can achieve a straighter smile in a discreet way with Invisalign
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth without the use of fixed metal braces. Using a series of clear custom aligner trays, some describe them as ‘contact lenses for your teeth’, Invisalign gradually and gently moves your teeth to the desired position.
One of Invisalign’s best features is that they are extremely discreet. The transparent trays are barely noticeable when worn, making them highly convenient for those who work in professional fields where traditional orthodontics would be impractical.
Stages of Invisalign treatment
There are a few stages involved in the Invisalign process. Let’s take a look at each one.
During your first consultation, your dentist will assess your teeth and bite. In some cases, Invisalign will need to be paired with other orthodontic treatment to achieve the desired results. Only a very few number of cases cannot be solved with Invisalign, with over 98% of applicants receiving treatment. Your dentist will be able to discuss your options with you during this consultation.
After your consultation, several photos and either impressions or a scan will be taken of your mouth. Using 3D technology, your individual dental plan will be created, showing your teeth at each stage of the treatment. This technology will enable you to see a virtual representation of the end result of your treatment. A mould will be created from this scan, and this will be used to create your aligner trays.
You will receive sets of aligner trays that will be changed at determined time intervals as you move through your stages of treatment. The length of treatment depends on your individual needs and the severity of your case. Ordinarily, treatment time ranges anywhere from six months to two years, with the average length being 12 to 14 months. This also depends on your dedication and amount of care taken when wearing the trays.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign presents a number of unique benefits to patients, these include:
- Near invisible treatment – The aligner trays are barely visible to the human eye, allowing patients to continue with their current lifestyle. Those working in professional fields need not be concerned with unsightly or impractical metal braces.
- Minimal pain – Without wires sticking into gums, cutting cheeks, and causing discomfort, aligners present a far less painful treatment process than traditional metal braces. Though there will be some pressure during the initial stages of treatment, this will alleviate within a few days.
- No dietary restrictions – As the aligner trays are removable, you are free to eat as you please. Normal brushing and flossing is possible. There are no risks of breaking wires or brackets. However, it is important to ensure your teeth are cleaned appropriately before putting your tray back in.
- Less time at the dentist – Without the need to adjust brackets and wires, opting for Invisalign means that you will spend less time at the dentist. For people with busy schedules, this presents a far more suitable treatment method.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign works by gradually and gently moving the teeth into new, better positions. A series of clear custom aligner trays are worn for the duration of the treatment.
If you choose to go ahead with Invisalign treatment, you will receive sets of aligner trays that will be changed at determined time intervals.
For optimal results, you will need to wear your aligners during the day and night for the recommended time period as advised by your orthodontist.
How long does Invisalign take?
In most cases, the treatment time ranges from six months to two years, with the average treatment taking between 12 and 14 months to complete.
The length of your Invisalign treatment will depend on a number of factors, including your individual orthodontic needs and the severity of your case.
The length of your treatment will also depend on your compliance and dedication, as well as the amount of care you take when wearing your aligner trays. Your orthodontist will let you know how best to take care of your aligner trays throughout the course of your treatment.
Does Invisalign work as well as braces?
Invisalign is a highly effective orthodontic treatment and can be used to resolve a wide range of orthodontic issues. It is important to note, however, that Invisalign is not suited to all orthodontic problems and there are some complex issues that can be better treated with traditional metal braces.
That said, there are a number of benefits to choosing Invisalign if the treatment is right for you. Invisalign is almost completely invisible, making it a very discreet treatment option. It also causes minimal pain and requires less time at the dentist than traditional braces.
Does Invisalign treatment cause any pain?
Invisalign tends to be a much less painful treatment process than traditional metal braces. This is because the aligners don’t involve the use of any wires or brackets that can stick into your gums and cheeks. You might feel some pressure during the initial stages of Invisalign treatment, but this will subside within a few days as you adjust to the feeling of the aligners on your teeth.
Do I have to watch what I eat during Invisalign treatment?
No. Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can simply take them out when you eat, and you don’t need to worry about any dietary restrictions. It’s important to remember, however, to clean your teeth well before you put your aligner tray back into your mouth.
Do you sell any dental hygiene products?
Yes! We stock a variety of dental hygiene products, which you can purchase directly from us by visiting our dental clinic. Alternatively, we can take your order and credit card payment over the phone and mail the products to you. The products we stock include electric toothbrushes, heads, remineralising products, whitening products, oral health aids, mouth rinses, and gels for dry mouth.
How do you clean your Invisalign aligner?
It is very important that you keep your Invisalign aligner clean. To do so, we recommend that you rinse your aligner with water every time you remove it. This will help to get rid of any plaque that has accumulated, as well as dry saliva that can cause a bad smell. Before reinserting your aligner after a meal, brush and floss your teeth so that food particles don’t get trapped between your aligner and your teeth. You can also brush your aligners gently with your toothbrush and a little toothpaste or a mild anti-bacterial soap.
How long do you wear Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment varies from patient to patient and can take anywhere from six months to two years to complete. On average, the treatment takes between 12 and 14 months, although this depends on several factors, including your dedication and the amount of care that is taken when wearing the trays. When it comes to wearing your aligners, we recommend that you keep them in your mouth for around 22 hours every day. You may remove them for eating and drinking.
Can you chew gum with Invisalign?
We recommend that you remove your Invisalign aligner before chewing on gum. In fact, you can remove your aligner before eating all meals and snacks. Eating with your aligners in your mouth could cause them some damage, which may affect the fit and effectiveness of your trays. Also, you are likely to feel more comfortable chewing without your aligners in your mouth. Just be sure to insert them back in your mouth once you are finished eating. It is important that you adhere to your orthodontist’s instructions when it comes to wearing your aligners so that you can enjoy the best possible results from the treatment.