Invisalign® is a subtle but highly effective treatment that uses specially designed aligners to gradually move teeth into their desired position. It is a great option for adults and teenagers who may feel self-conscious about wearing noticeable fixed braces.
The main advantage of Invisalign® is that the straightening process is so discreet. The custom made aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed for cleaning, eating or those extra special occasions.
Invisalign® can treat a whole range of issues, from minor tooth alignment to much more complicated cases.
What does treatment involve?
If you are a suitable candidate, we will take an impression of your teeth and use 3D technology to create a personalised plan. This is so you can see exactly how your teeth will look during and after the process.
When your aligners are ready, you will be fitted with your first custom made set and then, every two weeks, you will change to a slightly different aligner until teeth are gradually moved into place. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® not only controls the level of movement for each aligner, but also how long it takes so, at each stage, only certain teeth are moved. We will check the progress of your teeth to make sure they’re moving in the right direction throughout the treatment period.
You may experience some minor discomfort for a few days when a new aligner is fitted, however this is usually just a feeling of pressure and a good sign that the treatment is working.
How long will Invisalign® take?
The process will vary depending on each individual case – most simple cases can be completed in just 6-12 months and more complicated cases within 1-2 years. Remember Invisalign® will only work while your aligners are in place and we recommend that they are worn day and night for a minimum of 22 hours (and only removed for eating and cleaning).
One of the big advantages of Invisalign® aligners is that they can be taken out for short periods when you have a special appointment (for example an important meeting or major social event) but remember not to do this too often!