What Is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a method of straightening crooked teeth without using traditional braces and does not involve metal brackets and wires. Instead, it uses 3D computer imaging technology to make a series of clear and almost invisible slingers which can be removed when you have dinner or special occasions. They are comfortable to wear as they fit over your teeth while they gently align and guide to guide and move them into the ideal position. Invisalign® is ideal for working adults as it does not disrupt your work or social life. It can also be used for children to influence jaw growth (Invisalign® First), and also for teenagers who need braces.
Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, facial proportions and profile to determine if you are suitable for Invisalign®. X-rays and a preliminary mould will be made to allow assessment and a customised plan for you using the special Invisalign® software.
Once you have decided to start on Invisalign®, either a final physical mould of your teeth or a digital scan will be taken and sent to the laboratory to make a series of clear aligners that will gradually move your teeth to the desired position. As these aligners are custom-designed and made using computer technology, they fit precisely. You will receive your first set of retainers within 3 weeks.
Each set of aligners come with instructions for its use. You should try to wear the aligners for as many hours in a day, removing them only during meals, when cleaning your teeth or for special occasions. In general, you will be asked switch to a new aligner every two weeks as your teeth gradually move into position.
How long Does It Take:
The treatment usually takes between a year or 2 as it takes time to gently guide your crooked teeth into alignment. You will need to return to the clinic every 3 months for a check-up.