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The clear alternative to metal braces
Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customised, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth.
How does Invisalign® work?
The core of every Invisalign® treatment programme is the removable plastic aligners. At the beginning of treatment, we’ll get a precise measurement of your mouth and manufacture a series of aligners to comfortably encourage subtle shifts of your teeth. Invisalign® is designed to move your teeth in small steps and we’ll swap out the retainers multiple times. Each person’s treatment will be different, though on average, you’ll have as few as 12 or as many as 48 sets of aligners. You’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks.
As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually until your teeth reach the alignment your orthodontist prescribed. And that’s it – you'll be smiling like you never have before.
Patients old and young alike love Invisalign® because it’s a flexible, nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth - no one needs to know about your orthodontic treatment but you! For optimal results, you should only take them out to eat, play sports or instruments and to brush and floss your teeth.
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Why do I need to see an orthodontist?
To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign. Invisalign is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every adult. Only an orthodontist can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted, book your complimentary consultation.Get started today
Questions about Invisalign®? We’ve got answers
If you’re curious about Invisalign®, check out these common questions our patients have before beginning this treatment plan.
You’ll need to wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You can remove them for eating, drinking, sports and regular oral hygiene.
No. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® lets you eat whatever you like - as long as you remove the aligners before eating. To make sure your smile stays healthy and clean, make sure you brush your teeth prior to placing the aligners back on
Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period, though we find that our patients adjust to Invisalign® very quickly. This is mostly likely because there are no metal brackets on the front of your teeth. Plus, the more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.
There may be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each new aligner. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position. And, without the need to tighten brackets, our patients find this to be a very gentle way to get the smile of their dreams.
It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners and could cause damage.
We discourage smoking with aligners as cigarette smoke will tend to discolour them.
Every treatment programme is unique, but most regular office visits are every five to six weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign® treatment is progressing as planned.
After treatment, we’ll remove your plastic retainers and you can enjoy your new smile! We will fit you with a custom retainer to ensure your results last a long time and all orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Your Specialist Orthodontist will work with you to schedule any follow-up appointments, if needed.
Treatment time varies depending on the severity of your misaligned teeth and/or bite. We often find that treatment times with Invisalign® can be shorter than traditional braces, lasting between 6 and 18 months.
Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely. Invisalign® is a great option for children and teens that are worried about the appearance of metal braces.
To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign®.