What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment to align your teeth and correct your bite. It comprises aligners and transparent materials covering all of your teeth. The orthodontist digitally plans your treatment, and the aligners are 3D printed following the plan.

How does Invisalign work?

The orthodontist provides each patient with a unique pair of aligners specifically built for their teeth and designed by the orthodontist. Each aligner is worn for 22 hours daily for 1-2 weeks, bringing the teeth closer to the outcome. The aligner wraps around the teeth, and with tooth-coloured bumps attached to the teeth (referred to as attachments), the teeth move more effectively toward the desired result.

How does the process of Invisalign aligners work?

  • As with any orthodontic treatment, photographs and radiographs are taken. In addition, Invisalign takes a 3D scan of your teeth, which is then transferred to the software.
  • The orthodontist then carefully plans and supervises the treatment. After completing the planning, Invisalign makes several aligners following the orthodontist’s plan.
  • Finally, the orthodontist evaluates the outcomes. If minor changes are required, the teeth are rescanned, and fewer aligners are used to obtain a satisfactory, aesthetic, and personalised outcome.

Difference between Invisalign and Braces treatments

Braces are attached to the teeth and will be in place until the treatment is completed. Invisalign, on the other hand, is removable and must be worn for 22 hours each day.

The period of treatment differs depending on whether you have braces or Invisalign. As a result, discussing this at the orthodontic consultation is essential.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

  • Braces are attached to the teeth and remain in place until the treatment is completed. Invisalign, on the other hand, is removable and must be worn for 22 hours each day.
  • The period of treatment differs depending on whether you have braces or Invisalign. As a result, discussing this at the orthodontic consultation is essential.
  • Because your aligners are replaced weekly, the pressures impacting your teeth are spread more evenly over time, resulting in reduced pain.
  • Removable aligners make brushing and dental flossing simpler.

How to take care of Invisalign aligners?

  • Consuming hot drinks while wearing aligners will cause them to distort.
  • Always clean and floss your teeth after eating.
  • After removing the aligners, rinse them with water to remove any plaque or saliva, to reduce┬ádeposits.
  • Keep them in their case when not wearing the aligners, and never wrap them in a napkin.
  • Keep the aligner away from the reach of pets, especially dogs, who may chew on them.
  • Every morning and evening, brush the aligners lightly with a toothbrush. Avoid using toothpaste since it contains abrasives. Denture cleansers can also fully clean them and avoid unpleasant odours.