Invisalign is an adult-oriented orthodontic system that provides predictable and very effective treatment outcomes. It is popular worldwide and uses computerized technology to plan and create Invisalign aligners.
Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move teeth into positions predetermined in your treatment plan. Each set of aligners is worn for two weeks, and they must be worn for at least twenty-two hours each day. Ideally, you only remove your aligners for meals and whenever you wish to brush and floss your teeth. After two weeks, you discard your current set of aligners and begin wearing the next set in the series. You continue wearing aligners until your teeth are in the ideal positions identified in your treatment plan. The number of aligners needed varies depending on the treatment required to straighten your teeth. Some people might only need to wear a few sets of aligners over several months, while others will need to wear aligners for a year or more. Most people complete treatment in approximately a year.
Initially, we will evaluate your teeth and jaws to make sure Invisalign is suitable for your needs. It is designed to correct most common orthodontic problems, but sometimes fixed braces will provide better results. If you are suitable, the next stage is to scan your teeth, taking digital images that are used to create your treatment plan using Invisalign’s software program. The software creates images showing how your teeth will gradually move throughout treatment until they are straight. You can view these images and can judge the efficacy of treatment before you even begin. Once you approve your treatment plan, we create your aligners and will show you how to insert them and how to clean them.
Initially, the aligners might seem a little strange, but once you become accustomed to wearing them, treatment should have minimal effect on everyday activities. There is no need to change your diet or avoid certain foods as you remove the aligners before meals. You don’t need to change your oral care routine as you can brush and floss normally. You will need to come and see us every six weeks or so, but these visits are merely to check your treatment is progressing as we have planned and to provide you with more sets of aligners if needed.