What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic teeth straightening treatment that utilises a series of removable clear aligners to reposition your teeth. Invisalign is very discrete compared to traditional braces as there are no wires or brackets.
Why Would I Need Invisalign?
The easiest answer is because you are not happy with the straightness of your teeth, and you would like them to be realigned again. Invisalign is one of the biggest and fastest growing brands in the orthodontic arena. Invisalign technology has come on in leaps and bounds over the years and as a result is able to straighten even more complex cases.
There are typically two categories of patients that you can fall into:
The cosmetic type of patient is unhappy with the aesthetics of their teeth. Whereas the functional patient will have more of an issue with their bite (how their teeth meet) and their cases tend to be more complex to treat. We asses each patient on an individual basis and give them a tailored treatment plan to suit their needs.
Benefits of Invisalign
The most obvious benefit is that your teeth will be straightened after treatment. The second main benefit of using such a system is that they are very discrete and can make the experience of straightening your teeth more enjoyable. By also being a removable system, it will be easier for you to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine as you can easily take the aligners out to brush and floss as normal.
The first step is to have an assessment with the dentist. They will check to ensure you are dentally fit and if Invisalign would be a suitable type of brace for your needs.
Under the guidance of the GDC you need to be dentally fit prior to undergoing any form of cosmetic treatment and these regulations applies to all dental practices. For example, if you have a cavity (hole in the tooth), this will need a filling prior to commencing Invisalign.
Once you have been assessed and you are suitable for Invisalign, to go ahead with treatment is a straight forward process. The first step is to take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be sent off to Invisalign where they will manufacture your series of aligners.
When your aligners have come back from Invisalign, it will be a short appointment where your dentist will issue you with the first series of aligners. We will show you how to fit the aligners and give you the best practices on wearing them, and how to clean them. It is advisable you wear them for 23 hours a day and only take them out for your oral hygiene routine, eating, drinking and to clean them.
Appointments are usually every 6-8 weeks where your next series of aligners will be issued and your treating dentist will check your progress. Each aligner in the series is usually worn for roughly 2 weeks but we will advise you on your own unique case.
Each aligner worn will gradually move your position into its final resting place. The last aligner of your treatment (when your teeth are straight) will then become your retainer (which will need to be worn to keep your teeth straight). Your dentist will give you the after care instructions so you know the best way to stop your teeth from relapsing.
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If you are interested in having your teeth straightened and would like to begin your journey today. Please do not hesitate to call us today and book your assessment.