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. At Future Dental, we offer a free Invisalign consultation to our patients.
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.