What is Invisalign and how does it work?
Invisalign treatment uses clear plastic aligners, a bit like a light mouthguard, which are almost completely invisible to straighten your teeth.
When you go for your initial Invisalign appointment, your dentist will take photos and X-rays of your teeth. This will enable the technician to create your customised aligners, which will exert just enough pressure on your teeth to move them to the desired position.
You will be provided with several sets of personalised aligners, which you should change approximately every two weeks.
You will need to wear your aligners all the time, except to eat and drink and brush and floss your teeth.
You will have appointments with your dentist every six to eight weeks to check your progress and to get your next sets of customised aligners.
How long will my Invisalign treatment take?
For adults, the average Invisalign treatment time is 12 to 18 months. But you will see your teeth gradually straightening throughout the course of your treatment.
Invisalign vs braces
It’s easy to see why Invisalign treatment has become so popular. One of the most attractive features of the Invisalign system is that the aligners are almost entirely invisible so they don’t affect your appearance in the way that metal braces do.
Another clear advantage is that you can eat and drink whatever you like easily and take the aligners out to enable thorough brushing and flossing.
The aligners won’t damage or cut the delicate tissue of your mouth in the same way that metal braces and brackets can.