Evenly aligned teeth look beautiful at any age, but not everyone had the chance to wear braces as a child. If you would love to straighten your teeth but would prefer not to wear conventional braces, Invisalign could be a great solution.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an adult-oriented orthodontic system that utilises clear aligners made from BPA-free plastic. These will precisely move your teeth into positions predetermined by our dentist. The aligners are removable and will form a tightly fitting plastic ‘skin’ over your teeth that is virtually invisible. You simply need to wear each set of aligners for two weeks, ideally only removing them for meals and for brushing and flossing. It is possible to leave the aligners out for special occasions, but we don’t recommend doing this too frequently as it could delay your treatment. Every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners that will continue to move your teeth until they are straightened.
Who Can Have Invisalign?
Invisalign is designed to treat a wide range of problems that include overcrowding and crooked teeth, as well as underbites, overbites, open bites and crossbites. It isn’t designed to treat complex orthodontic problems. If your teeth are significantly misaligned our dentist may recommend more conventional fixed braces. Invisalign is also suitable for people who may have received orthodontic treatment as a child but who have seen their teeth shift position. This can happen with age and especially if retainers are not worn after treatment is completed.
What Is the Treatment Process?
To begin with, our dentist will need to fully assess your teeth and jaws to determine if Invisalign is the right solution for you. The next stages to take x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth and we use specialised software to custom-design your treatment plan. This software creates virtual 3-D models of your teeth allowing our dentist to plan exactly how each tooth will move during treatment. You will have the opportunity to see these images showing how your teeth will look once treatment is completed. This can be extremely useful when deciding if treatment is right for you. Once your aligners are ready, we will show you how to insert them and how to remove them, and will provide instructions on how to keep them clean.
How Long Will Treatment Take?
Treatment times vary according to the complexity of the problems requiring correction but are similar to the time required for conventional orthodontic treatment. Generally, most adults will take a year to 18 months to complete treatment, but cosmetically oriented problems only affecting your front teeth may take significantly less time. When you see our dentist, they can provide you with a customised treatment plan that will include the time required to provide you with a straight and healthy smile.