Using clear tray aligners and made from their own blend of plastic, Invisalign is a type of braces that is customised for each individual. Made from dental casts of your mouth, the aligners work by slowly moving your teeth, putting pressure in particular parts to achieve final results
Why use Invisalign?
Invisalign aids in resolving orthodontic issues such as compact collections of teeth, gaps between teeth, and misalignment (such as cross-bites, overbites and under bites).
As they are not made of metal, Invisalign braces are made from almost-clear plastic, and less sensitivity issues for gums, cheeks and teeth.
They can be taken out for short periods (up to two hours), allowing for only a small effect on everyday tasks, and normal teeth cleaning actions like brushing and flossing.
There are other applications for Invisalign, including treating superficial complications. These applications may only require a shorter time to complete treatment.
How to get Invisalign
The first step to get Invisalign is to see your dentist for a consult. From this visit, the dentist can examine your dental/oral health, and take indentations to get a custom fit. To aid in getting the best results, your dentist will also create a treatment plan.
Multiple aligner trays are used, so Invisalign braces need replacing between one week and a fortnight. Naturally designed to keep changing and moving your teeth, each replacement tray will feel a little different.
To get the best results, Invisalign trays need to be worn for the majority of the whole day (at least 20-22 hours). For regular activities like brushing, flossing or eating, or special occasions, they can easily be removed.
Although similar in make, Invisalign aligners are not retainers. They are in fact braces, due to the way they continuously move your teeth to mould your jaw and mouth.
What is the treatment process?
Following your preliminary consultation with a dentist or orthodontist, a computer will create a three-dimensional image of your teeth. Tailor made for you, a collection of bespoke aligners will be created from this image. You’ll also be able to see a digital approximation of how your teeth will look once the treatment is completed.
The regimen usually takes between 9 - 18 months. There will be ongoing visits to the dentist or orthodontist needed every month to six weeks. Depending on individual patient needs, there is usually flexibility in each treatment plan, but you will normally require between 18 and 36 aligners for completion.
How long will it take?
There is some variation in treatment times, but most adults will complete their course within 12 months. Important factors to consider will be the extent of individual oral issues, or the specifics of the treatment plan, so some people might have longer or shorter timescales for completion.
To book an appointment at our Box Hill dental clinic, please call (03) 8547 9556 or request an appointment online and our friendly staff will call you back to confirm your appointment.