Invisalign Invisible Braces
What are Invisalign Clear Braces?
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses a custom-made set of clear plastic retainers (often called aligners) to gently and gradually guide your teeth into proper alignment.
Consider the Invisalign system to help you attain the beautiful straight smile that you’ve always wanted, without the need for traditional braces.
They can be used to correct a range of dental problems including crowded teeth, overbites, under bites, gap teeth, crooked or misaligned teeth, as well as problems caused by injuries or accidents. Invisalign is a popular choice for adult and kids braces as the clear retainers are virtually invisible, and so they feel less self-conscious while wearing them.
Invisalign retainers are similar in style to a dental retainer as they are also removable, and are swapped out roughly every two weeks for a period of six to eighteen months (or more depending on the treatment plan). Your first set of retainers are made using 3D imaging technology that creates a perfect model of your teeth. The retainers are fitted to your unique set of teeth, then adjusted as required to help shift your teeth into their ideal alignment.
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.
The total treatment time will vary based upon the severity of the orthodontic concerns that are being corrected. The average treatment will run between 9 and 15 months, based upon the types of concerns that are being corrected with the aligner trays.
The number of aligner trays that are work during the treatment process can range between 18 and 30. Aligner trays are worn for one to two weeks at a time. Your orthodontist will inform you of just how your treatment plan will look.
Benefits of Invisalign Clear 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|