1. What is Invisalign?
2. Why would you get Invisalign?
3. What does Invisalign do?
4. What is the best age to get Invisalign?
5. How long does the Invisalign process take?
6. Preparation for Invisalign
7. After Invisalign treatment
8. Which specialist performs Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign is an invisible orthodontics technique that allows the correction of your teeth to produce an improved smile. Invisalign does not use metal wires as braces do, and they are virtually invisible when being worn. Special trays are custom made for your teeth, and every few weeks you wear a new tray, designed to eventually straighten your teeth.
The main benefit of Invisalign is that the aligners are transparent, and do not require having wires and metal devices in your mouth. In addition, the aligners are removable. This allows the patient to enjoy food and drink whenever they want, unlike metallic fixed appliances. They also allow you to brush your teeth easily and maintain proper oral hygiene.
Invisalign can be used to treat:
- Gap teeth
- Open bite
- Crowded teeth
Invisalign aligners move the teeth slowly, using custom-made plastic trays that are worn by the patient. Every two weeks the trays are changed to a different size, and over time the teeth eventually straighten. Aligners must be worn at all times and they should only be removed when you eat or brush your teeth. These aligners are manufactured with a transparent plastic material tailored to the patient, so they fit perfectly to your teeth.
There is no age limit for Invisalign treatment. Older children from six years old onwards, teens and adults are all eligible for the process. Further considerations may be necessary for adults, like additional orthodontic treatment alongside Invisalign.
When you choose to have Invisalign, complex 3D images of your teeth will be taken which are used to create your trays for the duration of the treatment. The patient should have a check-up every two to four weeks to make sure the treatment is progressing properly and to change the aligners.
A full course of Invisalign for adults, that achieves the desired effects, will take 12 months on average.
To perform the treatment with Invisalign, first, a virtual representation of the mouth is generated in three dimensions in which the expected movement of the teeth is visualised.
Once your Invisalign have straightened your teeth, it is recommended that you wear a retainer whilst you sleep to ensure the teeth stay in place.
Orthodontists specialise in Invisalign treatment and some dentists can perform Invisalign treatments based on their general knowledge of orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry.