Orthodontics is when the teeth are straightened or moved in order to improve the appearance of your smile by correcting the alignment of your teeth and the way you bite together. An incorrect bite can lead to long term dental problems and even jaw and head pain. By straightening the teeth, you also help to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases as straighter teeth are easier to clean.
Invisalign is a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment used to improve the appearance of your smile by correcting the alignment of your teeth and the way you bite together. Unlike traditional fixed braces which are cemented to your teeth for the duration of your orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is clear, removable more aesthetic and comfortable.
Invisalign uses the latest in computerised technology and three-dimensional modelling to generate a series of clear, see-through trays “aligners” which fit closely over your teeth and are virtually unnoticeable. The clear aligners are specially fabricated to fit your teeth exactly and work by moving your teeth gradually week by week, millimetre by millimetre into a position that gives you a natural-looking, beautiful smile.
Invisalign aligners are
- Worn for 22 hours a day
- Removed when you eat, brush and floss
- Changed approximately every two weeks as your teeth slowly move
- Much more comfortable than braces
- You will have regular progress checks
How Invisalign works
Your Invisalign treatment will start with a dental examination by an experienced Invisalign dentist. He will examine your teeth to see if invisalign is suitable for you, if so, an impression of your teeth will be taken using special dental "putty". The impression will then be sent to Invisalign for processing. Photographs and some x-rays will be also taken of your teeth and smile from different angles.
At the invisalign laboratory, using the latest computer imaging, a three dimensional model is created. The model is used as a basis to generate a simulation of your teeth movement from their current position to the final desired position. Your dentist will then discuss the treatment plan with you.
Invisalign will use the computer simulation to fabricate a series of custom made aligners to fit your teeth exactly. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position.
You need to wear the aligners day and night, only taking then out to eat, brush and floss, for approximately two weeks, before moving on to the next aligner in the series.
We would normally need to see you every six weeks for a progress review; you will also receive the next aligners in the series at these appointments. This process will continue throughout your treatment until your teeth are in the desired position.
After your treatment is complete
Your teeth will be polished to remove any remaining cement. Your treatment is not over as the teeth need to be held in position while the surrounding gum and bone settles. This period is called retention and the appliance that holds the teeth are called retainers, which are either fixed wires or removable plastic retainers.