What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an invisible brace which uses removable, clear aligners to shift the teeth into alignment. The major benefit of Invisalign is the aligners being virtually invisible to others, so you can achieve a straight smile without anyone being able to notice that you are undergoing treatment.
How does treatment work?
The Invisalign system includes a number of clear aligners that are changed on a fortnightly basis to move the teeth into position. The aligners are shaped somewhat differently in accordance with the patient’s individual treatment plan. The aligners can be taken out but they should be worn for at least 20 hours per day for most favourable results.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign has been developed to solve many of the problems traditionally experienced by orthodontic patients. The aligners are clear and removable so that patients can remain confident in their appearance and eat and drink what they want. The flexibility of Invisalign also eradicates the problem of being unable to brush your teeth properly. The aligners are custom-made for the individual and there is no need for any adjustments or painful bands.
Are there any cons?
The treatment has many benefits but it is more expensive than most other orthodontic treatments. The success of the treatment depends on the patient actually wearing the aligners for at least 20 hours per day. If you do not wear the aligners for the recommended time results may take longer.
Am I a suitable candidate?
Invisalign is suitable for many patients and can be beneficial for most age groups. However, it may not be suitable for complex orthodontic prescriptions. Invisalign is an effective treatment for the following orthodontic problems:
- Spaces between the teeth
- Crossbite (when the teeth are misaligned because the lower and upper jaws are not in alignment)
- Overbite (upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth)
- Underbite (lower teeth protrude further than the upper teeth)
We will be able to assess if you are a suitable candidate for treatment during a consultation, but if you are not a suitable candidate we will recommend other treatments beside Invisalign based on our findings.