Invisalign In a Nutshell

The Invisalign system is a very popular teeth straightening dental treatment using removable aligners made form clear plastic. Making them much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Invisalign is specially designed for patients with misaligned teeth, who want a more aesthetic and comfortable alternative to wearing metal braces. The treatment results of Invisalign have been really positive, and the subject of much praise within the dental patient community. As with most popular innovations, the Invisalign method has also been widely discussed and documented in the form of clinical theses and articles.

Not meant to be comprehensive by any stretch, I thought it nonetheless worthwhile to introduce Invisalign in a FAQ or “frequently asked questions” type of format, especially to those who may have heard of the name but are not as familiar with the product. So for the uninitiated, here is Invisalign in a nutshell:

What does an Invisalign procedure involve?

Invisalign treatment involves the wearing transparent aligners over the patient’s teeth for a minimum of 22 hours per day. The aligners are changed at fortnightly intervals using a series of clear aligners that are designed to progressively move the teeth to their desired position in gradual increments. These easy-to-remove and customised-to-fit aligners are known NOT to interfere with the patitent’s lifestyle or daily activities and are comfortable to wear, compared to traditional braces.

Which does the Invisalign treatment do?

The Invisalign treatment is largely indicated for five common teeth misalignment issues:
1. Overbite: Upper teeth biting over lower teeth;
2. Underbite: Upper teeth biting under lower teeth;
3. Overly crowded teeth: Insufficient space in jaw for teeth to fit in normally;
4. Widely spaced teeth: Too much space between teeth;
5. Crossbite: Some upper teeth bite above lower teeth, while others bite under lower teeth.

Should I go for an Invisalign treatment?

Anyone who has misaligned, as outlined above may want to consider Invisalign.

Are the aligners difficult to clean?

Invisible aligners need regular cleaning, just like our natural teeth. The aligners can be easily cleaned with the help of a soft toothbrush and lukewarm water. No special cleaning tools or agents are required to maintain them. Since the aligners are removable, you should brush your teeth after eating and floss your teeth as per normal. Its a good idea to rinse your mouth with water after drinking beverages such as coffee or soft drink before returning your aligners to your mouth. Compared to traditional braces, brushing and flossing is not only easier but more effective.

How long does a typical treatment take?

Treatment duration and results will vary from person to person. On average, it can take anywhere between six to 18 months to get the desired results – much depending on the dental condition of the individual.

If you’ve always wanted straight, beautiful teeth but have been put off by traditional braces, you may wish to consider the Invisalign option. Book an Invisalign Consultation appointment with Dr Luke Cronin today.

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