Clear Braces (Invisalign)

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a removable brace which is almost invisible. It is made up of a series of aligners that are worn for 1-2 weeks at a time. These aligners gently move the teeth into the desired positions.

When is Invisalign used?

Invisalign is used to straighten the teeth and improve the way in which you bite. The aligners can be used in teenagers as well as adults.

Am I suitable for Invisalign?

Not all types of crowding and bite issues can be resolved with Invisalign. Generally, mild to moderate cases are suitable for Invisalign. We would need to do a full assessment to determine your suitability.

Why should I choose Invisalign?

The major advantage of Invisalign is that it is almost invisible so most people are not likely to notice you are wearing Invisalign. Invisalign is also removable which is great for eating, brushing and special social occasions.

How are they made?

Invisalign is customised for your mouth. Special impressions or a scan (detailed record of your teeth and bite) are taken and these are sent to an overseas laboratory for construction of your aligners. You will also have some X-rays and clinical photographs taken.

What if I need teeth extracting?

Once a full analysis of your case has been done you will be told if extractions are required. Nowadays, with modern appliances and techniques, fewer and fewer teeth are being extracted but sometimes extractions are necessary. We will provide you with a letter that you will need to take to your regular dentist to have the teeth extracted.

How often will I need to be seen by the orthodontist?

You will need to be reviewed every 6 to 12 weeks as we need to monitor progress and make sure you are on track.

Are there any risks to orthodontic treatment?

As with any type of treatment, there are always risks. Fortunately, in orthodontics these risks are usually minimal, particularly if advice is followed on how to look after your teeth and brace. It's more important than ever to brush your teeth really well when you have braces and a fluoride mouthwash will also be recommended. By far the most damaging of the risks is decalcification of the teeth. In the absence of good cleaning and a healthy diet, permanent damage to the tooth surface around the brace occurs. This can be likened to a scar on the tooth and can make it appear unsightly. With Invisalign, this risk is reduced further because you remove the aligners for cleaning.

How long will treatment with Invisalign take?

Treatment duration varies from between 6 months and 24 months. Some treatments can be quicker and other may take longer depending on the correction needed. After this time, you will be given Retainers.

Where can I get more information?

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