Gone are the wires and brackets associated with traditional braces. Instead, Invisalign treatment comprises a set of virtually undetectable aligners made from clear plastic which makes them ideal for adults and teenagers who don’t want any orthodontic treatment to be noticeable. The aligners are custom designed using 3D technology to sit comfortably on your teeth and will gently move them until they’re in the desired position.
Why have Invisalign?
Made from a special clear plastic, Invisalign is barely noticeable when worn so you don’t have to be self-conscious about smiling while having the treatment. Custom-made to fit your teeth, they will fit perfectly and snugly.
These innovative aligners can also be taken out, so you can maintain your oral hygiene as normal, eat whatever you choose and remove them for special occasions.
What does Invisalign treatment involve?
- If you are a suitable candidate for this adult-friendly treatment, we take digital impressions and photos, and collect other information about your teeth. We then use special 3D technology to create a personalised plan, which shows how your teeth will move and also how they will look after treatment.
- When the aligners are ready, you will wear a different one every two weeks until the carefully controlled force shifts your teeth to a better position. You may feel minor discomfort when a new aligner is fitted but this is usually just a feeling of pressure and a good indicator that the treatment is working.
- Treatment times will vary depending on your individual issue, but most cases are completed in 6-12 months. As the aligners only work while you are actually wearing them, we recommend they are kept in place for 22–24 hours per day.
Following treatment, as with all orthodontic methods, you will need to wear a retainer to stop your teeth moving back to their former position. Your retainer can be either fixed or removable. Fixed retainers are a wire that sits on the back of your teeth. A removable retainer is made using scans of your teeth. You’ll need to wear the retainer at night. While your teeth will stabilise in their new position over time, they will still be subject to natural movements that happen as we age. Wearing a retainer keeps your smile straight for longer.