Invisalign is perfect for anyone who has:
- Spaced teeth
Once your dentist has ascertained that you are an appropriate candidate for Invisalign, they will draw up a personalised treatment plan. The treatment process is fairly simple and during an initial consultation the dentist will discuss treatment expectations and start planning your treatment. Impressions will be made of your teeth and sent to the Invisalign laboratories. You will be able to see computerised 3D images and potential results using computer software.
Your custom-made aligners will be delivered to your dentist and then given to you. You are recommended to wear each aligner for around 2 weeks and then swap it with the subsequent aligner after this time. Most people have total of between 18 and 36 aligners and so treatment typically takes between 9 and 18 months, and they need to be worn for at least 21 hours a day for optimum results.
The treatment may cause minor issues of pain when teeth are moving and can take a little bit of getting used. There may be slight saliva increase but the Invisalign brace treatment is relatively pain free.
Treatment is based on each individual case but can be anything from three months to a year. Your dentist can tell you individual treatment times during a consultation.
The aligners are removable so you can enjoy food and drink as before, maintain oral hygiene and replace them accordingly. Oral hygiene is easier to maintain than with other brace systems, as they can be removed to brush and floss the teeth. The aligners are invisible unless you are extremely close up, and so offer a discreet look whilst working to correct tooth alignment. They are more comfortable than metal braces which can cause pain and discomfort.
In more severe cases, Invisalign will not be suitable for orthodontic treatment as they are best used to treat under and overbites, crooked teeth and teeth gaps. Other forms of treatment may be needed instead. It is uncommon, but as they are removable, the braces can sometimes be lost or people may not wear them for long enough each day. This will impact on how quickly treatment is achieved.
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