Invisalign Invisible Braces
What are Invisalign Clear Braces?
Invisalign is a tooth aligning treatment that uses clear aligners to move teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is nearly invisible and can be worn during everyday activities. Treatment time varies based on each patient’s needs but typically lasts around 12 months.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth gradually. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is virtually invisible, making it an ideal treatment for adults and older teens looking for a discreet way to improve their smiles. Each aligner is custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth and is worn for about one or two weeks before being replaced by the next aligner in the series. As you progress through the treatment, your teeth gradually move into their desired position. Invisalign is an ever increasingly popular alternative to traditional braces and can be used to treat a wide range of orthodontic issues. However, Invisalign may not be suitable for more severe cases of misalignment, so it is essential to speak to your Orthodontist about the type of results you would like.
Invisalign Clear Braces
The Invisalign treatment system makes use of a series of virtually invisible aligners that are comfortable and removable. The fact that these aligners are all but impossible to see when they are worn will allow you to smile as much during treatment as you do after treatment. The aligners can be readily removed during meals and so that a good oral health care routine can be maintained.
The Invisalign clear aligners are made to fit your teeth, using 3D imaging technology. Each of the aligner trays is designed to meet a certain progress point during the overall treatment plan.
As an orthodontic solution, the Invisalign aligner system can treat a number of orthodontic concerns. They may not offer the same solutions for the oral health concerns that traditional braces can address, but they are more than just a cosmetic option.
Orthodontic concerns that can be treated include the following.
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bite
- Teeth crowding
- Overall straighter teeth
The Invisalign treatment procedure is fairly straightforward. Patients are happy to learn that it’s a pain-free procedure that allows for results in much less time than those seen with traditional metal braces.
- A consultation with the orthodontist is the first step.
- The orthodontist evaluates the patient’s smile and overall health of the mouth.
- A precise and bespoke digital treatment plan is mapped out; demonstrating the step-by-step smile transformation.
- The aligners are created once the plan is approved by the patient.
- Each set of aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day.
- A new set of aligners should be worn every 1 to 2 weeks, as determined by the orthodontist.
Each of the aligner trays will need to be worn for between 1 and 2 weeks. They should only be removed when it’s time to eat, drink, brush and floss your teeth. The aligner trays work by placing steady but gentle pressure onto the teeth that are being targeted for realignment. As patients replace each of the aligner trays with the next tray in the series, the teeth will move. The movement will be gradual, week by week, until the teeth have been aligned to their desired and final positions.
Patients will typically visit their orthodontic every 6 weeks in order to ensure that the treatment plan is progressing as it should be.
When you visit the Orthodontist for your Invisalign consultation, they will first assess your teeth to see if Invisalign is the most suitable treatment for you. If it is, they will then take measurements and photos of your teeth, which your Orthodontist will use to create a digital model of your mouth. The Orthodontist will then use this model to plan your treatment, and you’ll be able to see a virtual preview of how your teeth will look once the treatment is complete. Once the Orthodontist has created your treatment plan, they will give you a few sets of aligners to get started. You’ll need to wear each set of aligners for one to two weeks before moving on to the next, and you’ll need to visit the Orthodontist every 8-12 weeks so that they can check on your progress. The treatment process usually takes nine to 18 months, and you’ll be thrilled with your new smile at the end!
The patient can remove Invisalign aligners for eating and cleaning, which means patients have more freedom and flexibility regarding their oral care routine. However, Invisalign aligners still need to be cleaned regularly to prevent plaque buildup and staining. Here are some tips for keeping your Invisalign aligners clean:
-Rinse your aligners with lukewarm water before putting them back in your mouth. This will remove any food particles or bacteria that may be lurking on the surface.
-Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently scrub your aligners with a mild soap. Avoid using toothpaste, as this can be abrasive and damage the plastic.
-Rinse your aligners thoroughly after brushing,and then place them in a solution of “retainer brite” this fizzy tablet helps keep the retainers sparkling.
You may also find it helpful to use ‘chewies.’ These small plastic tubes you chew to help sit new aligners in your mouth correctly. If your aligners are not seated properly, covering all teeth, they may not work how they should. Another tool that Invisalign patients may find helpful is aligner removers. These removers are small tools that hook under your aligner to make removing them more manageable.
These simple steps can help keep your Invisalign aligners clean and free from staining or buildup and make your treatment as comfortable and successful as possible.
Once you have finished your treatment and completed the series of aligners provided, you will attend your final appointment. During this appointment, your Orthodontist will discuss the results and ensure you are happy before removing the attachments. Suppose you still want to make tweaks to your treatment. In that case, you may be offered the opportunity to have different aligners made or use other methods of cosmetic dentistry, such as composite bonding or tooth whitening, to achieve the smile you desire. If you are happy with your results, your Orthodontist will remove the attachments with a dental bur, gently removing the composite extensions without leaving any residue.
Benefits of Invisalign Clear Braces
The biggest advantage is that it is virtually invisible so no one will know that you are wearing a brace.
The teeth are easier to clean because there are no brackets and wires in the way.
The teeth move gradually and are never painful as the treatment is directly to the individual tooth so the teeth move quicker than normal braces.
The aligner trays are virtually invisible when they are worn. This allows for teenaged and adult patients to achieve their orthodontic treatment goals with minimal visibility of the treatment itself.
The aligner trays are removable, which means that you can eat and drink your favourites during the treatment process. This differs greatly from what traditional metal braces allow for. With the traditional options, patients are often limited when it comes to enjoying favourite foods that may other stick to or damage their braces.
Brushing and flossing your teeth is made much easier with the Invisalign aligner system. Simply remove the aligner tray, clean it, brush and floss your teeth and return the aligner tray to your mouth.
The Invisalign treatment allows patients to view virtual results of what their teeth will look like once the treatment has been completed. This system is also considered to be more comfortable than the traditional braces option, with no need for metal brackets and wires that will need to be periodically adjusted.
Overall, the Invisalign system takes much less time than the traditional orthodontic solution.
The Invisalign system brings with it a number of great benefits. The only potential drawbacks to this orthodontic solution relates to convenience. Your aligner trays will need to be cleaned frequently so as to ensure you are not potentially trapping food debris inside of them between meals. The aligners need to be worn for up to 22 hours a day, which can frustrate some patients. In order to get the best results, diligent patient compliance is required.
Invisalign can address a number of orthodontic concerns, but there are some that this system simply isn’t suitable for treating. Severe malocclusion or misalignment, along with severely tipped or rotated teeth are better treated with traditional metal braces.
You can determine your candidacy for the Invisalign system with a smile assessment and consultation with an orthodontist.
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Invisalign v Braces
There are pros and cons to both Invisalign and conventional braces. The main difference between these orthodontic treatments is the material. Invisalign is made of smooth, clear plastic that is moulded into retainers that you wear over your teeth. Approximately every two weeks you will get a new set of clear aligners to wear which will encourage your teeth to shift into the right alignment. Invisalign is much more convenient as you can remove the retainers as required for eating, playing sports, or flossing and brushing. They are also much more subtle because the retainers are transparent. For this reason Invisalign is popular among adults who want to avoid embarrassing metal braces but still want to correct their smile. Invisalign can also be used for children and teenagers orthodontic treatment.
On the other hand, braces are made up of metal brackets and wires that are attached to your teeth and regularly tightened. Some people find metal braces to be very irritating on their gums and cheeks, and difficult to clean around. Without proper care, braces can leave marks on your teeth from built up plaque. However, conventional braces are still very common as they are an effective and affordable way to straighten teeth. Invisalign treatment is more expensive, but that extra cost brings a whole range of extra benefits that patients usually find worthwhile. To determine which treatment option is right for you, it is best to come in for a consultation and talk through the solution options with your orthodontist.
Invisalign Before and After Photos
Invisalign can make a huge difference to the shape and appearance of your face. For example, people with an overbite often have an upper lip juts out unnaturally, and the reverse for under bites. Invisalign corrects these issues by slowly realigning your teeth and jaw, creating better symmetry in the bottom half of the face and softening your features. You can see in these before and after photos below that Invisalign has given our patients a more natural appearance, as well as a more confident smile.
|Invisalign® Lite (14 aligners)||€3,300 – €3,900|
|Invisalign® Full||€3,900 – €4,900|
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