What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a form of orthodontic treatment that uses customised plastic aligners, worn over the teeth, to gently move them into the desired position. The aligners need to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a days in order to get the best results, if worn for less than the recommended time it can prolong the overall length of your treatment. You will need to visit your orthodontist every six to eight weeks to collect a new set of aligners as well as have your progress checked.
What are the benefits?
There are numerous benefits of Invisalign over conventional braces. One of the main reasons this treatment option is so popular is that Invisalign aligners are made of a clear plastic and so are nearly invisible to everyone else. It allows you to have your teeth straightened without anyone else knowing.
The aligners are removable, allowing patients to take them out for eating, brushing and special occasions. This means patients don’t need to avoid certain types of food as they do with conventional braces, and can eat what they like during treatment. It is also much easier to keep up good oral hygiene during your orthodontic treatment, as you can take the aligners out when brushing and flossing your teeth, allowing you to maintain your normal oral hygiene routine.
There are no wires or brackets involved with Invisalign. The aligners are made of smooth plastic, which means they will not irritate your gums, cheeks or tongue, as conventional braces can.
Invisalign may not be suitable for everyone so it’s important to come in for a consultation with an orthodontist so your suitability for this orthodontic treatment option can be assessed.