Even though people know the value of a beautiful straight smile, the look of metal braces and the effect this can have personally and professionally is what makes them reluctant to undergo orthodontic treatment.
That’s why Invisalign® has become the orthodontic treatment of choice for many adults and teens.
Invisalign® retainers are strong, virtually invisible, hard plastic aligners made from detailed impression moulds and 3D computer imaging. The aligners are designed to move your teeth in tiny increments and are replaced with a new set every two weeks until your desired result is achieved.
Unlike fixed metal braces, Invisalign® aligners can be removed so you can eat and maintain a thorough oral health routine.
Invisalign® treatment takes approximately the same amount of time as fixed braces. And, just like all other aspects of orthodontic treatment you will be required to attend regular check-up appointments. This enables our dental team can monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments.
At Glebe Dental, our team has received Invisalign® certification. We are able to assess your suitability and develop a tailored treatment plan so you can have the straight smile you have always desired.
Invisalign® is a new take on orthodontic treatment to correct crooked teeth and misplaced bites. While they do the same job as conventional braces, these aligners come with a few advantages. More than 3 million people around the world have undergone Invisalign® treatment, including adults.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® aligners are moulds that are custom-made for your teeth and used to correct crooked or crowded teeth. The difference between these aligners and braces is that they are clear and sit snugly over your teeth like a mouthguard, which can give them a more subtle look than the metal brackets of traditional braces. The other major benefit is that you can remove the aligners during times when you would rather not wear them, such as during a special event.
Being removable, it’s also easy to maintain a regular brushing and flossing routine every morning and night and to eat normally at meal times.
Another benefit is that while patients say that each new Invisalign® aligner puts pressure on the teeth at first, they do not come with the same discomfort as braces.
Invisalign® works well for those who need corrective orthodontic work, but who prefer not to wear braces for the duration of the treatment.
How does Invisalign® work?
Before you start with Invisalign®, your dentist or orthodontist will take scans, x-rays or impressions of your teeth. These will be used to create a customised treatment plan suited to your teeth by making multiple aligners.
Your dental professional will then meet with you again to give you the first set of aligners. You will likely be given three or four at a time, with instructions on which order to wear them, and for how long. Typically, one aligner will be worn for two weeks before moving on to the next in the series. Every six to eight weeks, you’ll visit your dentist or orthodontist again so he or she can check up on your progress and provide you with the next set.
Once you’ve finished with your treatment plan, you may be given a retainer to wear to ensure your teeth don’t move back over time.
It’s important to note that Invisalign® treatment does typically cost more than traditional braces. Whether this option is right for you will depend on your goals, circumstances, budget and lifestyle. This is a technically demanding area of dentistry and you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.