Invisalign / Invisible Braces
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a revolutionary cosmetic dental treatment that uses a series of removable invisible braces or clear aligners to gradually straighten your teeth over a period of 9 to 18 months.
Invisalign uses clear, medical-grade plastic aligners that are practically invisible, to gradually and efficiently straighten your teeth without any heavy metal brackets. It’s also completely removable, so that you can take your aligners out to eat, brush and floss as normal.
It is a far more comfortable and a lot less intrusive method than traditional orthodontic treatments and it will help you achieve the smile of your dreams without anyone noticing you’re undergoing a dental treatment.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
- The durable, transparent thermoplastic material of the Invisalign aligners is almost impossible to see.
- The Invisalign aligners are completely removable and as such, it is easy to maintain the daily oral hygiene routine needed to reduce the chance of plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease.
- These invisible braces don’t rely on traditional metal appliances, so food and plaque are not trapped on the surface of the teeth.
- Invisalign differs from traditional braces in that it actually controls the amount of force applied to each tooth and this reduces the length of the treatment in comparison with traditional orthodontics.
- It is a fast treatment that requires approximately less than a year to transform a crooked smile into a glowing, beautiful new look.
Invisalign is ideal for those who have always wanted a better smile but have been putting off orthodontic treatments because of the social stigma associated with braces. Studies show that out of the 1.5 million people who have had or are having Invisalign treatment, 98% of them are satisfied with the results.
However, it’s important to remember that Invisalign cannot treat all orthodontic conditions such as severe over or underbites, severely tipped teeth, numerous missing teeth, or unerupted teeth.
How Invisalign works
The aligners in the Invisalign apply consistent, controlled force to individual teeth, gently moving them into their new desired position. Invisalign differs from traditional braces in that it actually controls the amount of force applied to each tooth and this reduces the length of the treatment in comparison with traditional orthodontics.
During your initial consultation, Dr Yassmin will explore your goals and needs to determine if Invisalign is the appropriate treatment for you. Should this be the case, Dr Yassmin will then take detailed impressions of your teeth and create a computerised 3D image of your smile. This will help him determine the precise movements needed to create the best results.
Your custom-made invisible braces will then be crafted according to your individual treatment plan. The number of aligners you will need depends on your needs and goals however, a full Invisalign treatment typically involves the use of 18 to 36 aligners.
Living with Invisalign
During your treatment, you will wear each aligner for around two weeks, day and night, with small breaks for eating, brushing and flossing your teeth, and the occasional time off for special events. After two weeks, you will then switch to the next aligner which, will move your teeth a little more.
We will ask you to come in for a check-up every 4-6 weeks so that we can monitor your progress and provide you with your next set of aligners. Throughout your treatment, you should notice small movements as the invisible braces gradually move your teeth to create an even, healthy and very attractive smile.
Wearing the Invisalign aligners is generally far more comfortable than wearing traditional braces. Minor discomfort may be experienced initially and for a few days every time a new aligner is used. This slight feeling of pressure is a sign aligners are doing their job and moving the teeth into the desired position. Any discomfort is usually relieved in a few days.
While initially designed to treat misaligned teeth in pre-teens and teens, today Orthodontics covers the detection and treatment of teeth and jaw misalignments and irregularities in grown-ups as well.
That’s why today many adults are choosing to undergo orthodontics – to help them achieve that beautiful straight smile they have always wanted but never had an opportunity to correct in their younger years.
Using specialised custom appliances during the growth spurt of a child, a narrow or tapered arch of a child can be widened and the jaw brought forward. If the problem is treated early enough, orofacial orthopaedics can minimise or eliminate the need for secured braces in the future.
These type of appliances can also be used in adults to align the teeth in a more favourable position as a prelude to braces which, are later used to correct rotation, crowding and gaps amongst teeth.
Whether for your child or for you, there are many options available to help you correct dental imperfections. Find out which one of them best suits your needs by discussing your circumstances with Dr Yassmin.