What is Invisalign?

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Invisalign is an alternative to fixed, visible braces.

It consists of clear plastic aligners that are tailor made for you. As the name suggests, when worn, they are barely visible to other people and are basically invisible! The aligners apply gentle pressure to your teeth to gradually move them into the ideal position. You will receive sets of aligners to take home and change every 7-10 days, coming for check-ups every 4-6 weeks.

At Sundrive Dental and Implant Clinic our orthodontist can offer you a discreet solution to realigning your smile. The flexibility and choice that Invisalign offers allows you to have control over your treatment and still get results. Invisalign technology uses the information from over 10 million completed cases to provide you with the result that you are looking for. We advise that you wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day and only remove them when eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.

Choose Invisalign for Comfort and Durability

Another major benefit to choosing Invisalign is that they are comfortable to wear. This is thanks to the fact that you will have either a 3d (iTero) scan or impressions taken. These will allow us to get the exact measurements of your mouth for your aligners to be made and a 3D animation to show you what your teeth will look like after treatment, before you’ve even started wearing them!

The durability of Invisalign aligners means that they do not break easily. This will allow you to carry on with your daily activities without having to worry about any problems.

Invisalign Treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces.

Invisalign clear aligners are made of flexible plastic — specifically, a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack created exclusively for Invisalign Treatment.

Your Invisalign Doctor will create a unique, digital treatment plan that maps out the exact movements of your teeth. Your Invisalign clear aligners are then designed to apply the right amount of force to the right place at the right time based on your plan. Your Invisalign doctor will be with you every step of the way to monitor your progress and ensure your aligners fit correctly.

Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible — people may not even notice you’re wearing them. You can remove them to eat and drink, to brush and floss, or for special occasions. There are no metal brackets or wires that could irritate your mouth or break.

Invisalign Treatment can be a great solution for both adults and teens looking for a virtually invisible method to improve their smile. Our innovations and technological advancements make it possible to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues, from simple to complex — all without interrupting your busy life. And, thanks to a discreet blue dot on the outside of teen aligners, parents can be sure their child is wearing their clear aligners enough.

Invisalign Treatment starts with a consultation with an Invisalign-trained Doctor. Your Invisalign Doctor will evaluate your smile and then map out a precise, customised digital treatment plan that showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile.
Once you approve your plan, your unique aligners will be created. You will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as directed by your Invisalign Doctor. Each set of aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into place, according to your treatment plan, towards your beautiful new smile.

Bring your questions. You should also bring any information you might have about your dental history.

During your consultation, your Invisalign Doctor will discuss your teeth-straightening goals with you and examine your smile in order to determine your specific needs. Your Invisalign Doctor may also talk to you about how quickly you could reach your new smile, as well as your individual treatment cost.

The length of treatment depends on multiple factors, like how complex your case is and how often you wear your aligners. Your dentist will determine exactly how long your treatment could take based on your specific needs. On average, Invisalign treatment time is 12 to 18 months5 though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks.

Your dentist will tell you how often you should change to new Invisalign aligners (this can vary based on your individual treatment plan). Many dentsit recommend changing Invisalign clear aligners weekly or every other week.

For the best results, wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, taking them out just for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.

Your Invisalign Doctor will schedule regular appointments, usually about once every four to six weeks. The goal of these visits is to ensure your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.

Your Invisalign treatment may require SmartForce attachments, small tooth-coloured shapes that are attached to your teeth.
These shapes serve as handles, giving the aligners something to gently push on in order to move your teeth with the right amount of force, and are what make complex tooth movements possible without braces. Invisalign clear aligners fit smoothly and tightly around them, so they’re barely noticeable.
While not everyone who uses Invisalign clear aligners will need SmartForce attachments, if you need them, your Invisalign Doctor will attach them to your teeth at the start of or during your treatment and remove them when they are no longer needed.
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Cathy Monaghan


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