Invisalign® is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing; and you can still eat and drink what you want.
This is often a favourable option for adults who have professional careers and don't feel comfortable wearing braces for months on end. The technology behind invisible orthodontics is highly advanced and often gives patients a much shorter treatment time, depending on their individual cases.
You can also enjoy the flexibility of your braces being hidden from an untrained eye, making you feel less self-conscious when socialising or speaking in public. With removable devices you can also take them out to eat or for special occasions, so they fit around your lifestyle.
It is important to remember that straighter teeth are healthier teeth. When your bite is properly aligned and your teeth are straightened, there are less gaps and areas for food to get trapped and plaque to build up on the teeth, causing decay. In that sense, invisible orthodontics is a long-term investment in your oral health.
The length of treatment depends on multiple factors, like how complex your case is and how often you wear your aligners. Your Invisalign Doctor will determine exactly how long your treatment could take based on your specific needs. On average, Invisalign treatment time is 6 to 12 months, though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks.
Most Invisalign Doctors recommend that anyone who has completed orthodontic treatment, whether with braces or Invisalign treatment, use a retainer to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back toward their initial position. Every case is different, so ask your Invisalign Doctor if you need retainers.
We will take you through the Case Assessment, to determine whether you are suitable for Invisalign treatment.
If treatment is right for you, we'll take photos, X-rays or a dental impression, of your teeth. Then we'll create you a digital treatment plan, using our state of the art technology, showing you what your results could look like via a 3D video.
We'll give you a series of virtually invisible aligners to wear every day and change at home every 2 weeks (as directed by your Dentist). You can comfortably wear your aligners for 22 hours a day (the recommended daily wear). And because they're removable, it's easy to maintain your normal oral hygiene routine and enjoy your usual diet.
We'll invite you back to the practice every 4-6 weeks to monitor tooth movement and hand over your new aligners. At the end of your treatment, you will need to wear your retainers to maintain your new smile.