Invisalign braces are removable braces that are manufactured using 3D computer imaging technology. The process involves using a series of invisible and comfortable aligners to move your teeth to the desired final position in small steps.
Not all people are keen to wear visible braces. Sometimes patients also run a tight schedule and will struggle to fit in many visits to their orthodontist. In this case, we might suggest Invisalign to you, because they are virtually invisible. We would also recommend them because you will be issued with a few numbered trays that you will swap every 2-6 weeks, so visits to your doctor will be much more limited than with many other kinds of braces.
Although Invisalign is a little more expensive than traditional braces, they have benefits that a lot of patients find worthwhile paying the extra bit for. They are removable, for example, so you can eat and drink whatever you want and just put them back in afterward. They are also more comfortable than some other braces, because they do not carry the possibility of irritation to the mouth that is sometimes caused by metal wires or brackets. (You just need to wear them for 20-22 hours/day for around 9-24 months depending on your individual teeth straightening needs.)
The process to obtain Invisalign is really very simple and your doctor will talk you through it while performing all the necessary tasks. He or she will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of your teeth’s current position. We will then create a treatment plan designed specifically for your teeth and how we want them to move, so that the result will be a confident you with a beautiful smile. This plan will include the amount of sets of aligners you will need, when they will be replaced and how long your treatment will last. You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat and drink, or to brush and floss your teeth. As you replace each aligner with the next one in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final positions. During the straightening period, you will normally visit your doctor every few weeks so that he or she can ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned and that your teeth are healthy and looked after.
When you graduate from your Invisalign treatment and honor us with your gorgeous new smile, there will be joy all round!