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What is Invisalign, and how does it work?

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Invisalign are clear retainers that act just like other orthodontic teeth straightening treatments, like traditional or lingual braces. They’re made of a specially-created type of plastic, called Thermoplastic Polyurethane. This plastic is known for being durable, flame-retardant, strong and elastic- all factors you will want in an aligner.

To make the magic happen, your dentist will take digital impressions of your teeth to create the aligner perfectly suited for you. Your teeth are constantly moving (which is why retainers are worn after traditional braces treatment) and the custom-made Invisalign will redirect that movement to straighten your teeth and correct misalignment.

What should I know before deciding?

Although a more flexible option, there are still guidelines to follow. Your dentist will advise you, depending on your case and the severity of misalignment, on how many times a week to wear your aligners and for how long. If this is not followed, you will not see the results advertised. 

You must keep your aligners well-cleaned and looked after to ensure you don’t experience discomfort with your aligners. Toothpaste is a no- it contains abrasive ingredients that can do more harm than good to your aligners, and the last thing you’ll want is to have to start all over again. Your dentist will advise you to use a mild cleaner, and we can recommend even some in your appointments.


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What are my other options?

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Invisalign are still a relatively new development in the orthodontic field compared to other treatments. If you’re unsure, it’s definitely not your only option, and it’s best to explore all methods.

Other options for correcting misalignment include traditional orthodontic braces- where brackets are glued on the surface and a wire placed in the bracket moves the teeth.

If you’re leaning towards more traditional treatment but still want the hidden element of Invisalign, get in touch and book a consultation about lingual braces. These braces function the exact same, except they sit behind the teeth where they are not visible.

So, is invisalign the treatment for me?

Invisalign has become increasingly popular as another option to traditional braces. The clear, removable aligners offer a more discreet and comfortable orthodontic treatment option, and advancements in technology have made the process even more efficient and effective.

One of the most significant developments in Invisalign technology is the use of 3D scanning and printing. This allows for a more precise and individualized treatment plan, as well as faster turnaround times for creating the aligners. Additionally, the aligners themselves have become thinner and more flexible, making them more comfortable to wear for extended periods.

In terms of effectiveness, Invisalign has come a long way since its early days. Originally, it was only recommended for mild to moderate cases of misalignment, but now it can be used to treat more severe cases as well. The aligners are also more durable and less likely to crack or break, and they can be customized with attachments to help with more complex tooth movements.

Overall, Invisalign can be a great option for those looking to straighten their teeth without the discomfort and visibility of traditional braces. However, it’s important to note that it may not be the best choice for everyone. Those with severe misalignment or other orthodontic issues may still need to opt for traditional braces or other treatments. Additionally, Invisalign requires a high level of commitment and responsibility from the patient, as the aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours per day and changed out every two weeks.

Ultimately, the decision to choose Invisalign or another orthodontic treatment should be made in consultation with a dentist. They can help evaluate your individual needs and recommend the best course of action for achieving a healthy, beautiful smile.

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