If you are interested in getting your teeth straightened, you may be most familiar with traditional braces which can take up to three years. Advancements in clear aligner technology, such as Invisalign, shorten this process and create a more discreet way to straighten your smile. If you have problems with crooked teeth or gaps, you may qualify for Invisalign to align your teeth properly.
What Are Invisalign Aligners?
Invisalign aligners are a revolutionary alternative to traditional braces. Like traditional braces, they correct crooked or gapped teeth, but instead of using metal wire, they use clear plastic trays which are less noticeable. Invisalign aligners fit over your teeth to straighten them over time. With Invisalign, patients can feel comfortable smiling even while their teeth are being straightened. They offer the correction of braces but are virtually invisible.
Invisalign Benefits over Traditional Braces
According to the Mayo Clinic, the appearance and health of your teeth can have a dramatic effect on your overall health. There are many advantages of using Invisalign aligners over traditional braces.
Invisalign aligners begins with a consultation and 3D scan of your teeth. At Dentistry on Solent, we use this scan to show you how Invisalign aligners will work to shift your teeth and give you an image of what your completed smile will look like at the end of treatment. This is incredibly motivating for many people who are wondering if Invisalign can provide the right results.
Traditional braces stay on permanently until they are professionally removed by your dentist, while Invisalign aligners are removable. Traditional braces only come off when your dentist completes your care, but Invisalign aligners come out every time you eat or brush and floss your teeth.
While aligners require daily cleaning, you can brush and floss your teeth normally with Invisalign aligners. This is challenging to do with traditional braces because of the wires and brackets. With clear aligners, people maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine. Patients who use clear aligners have less chance of developing dental issues than those who use traditional braces.
Invisalign aligners are changed every two weeks and gradually move your teeth into their proper alignment with each new aligner. This is done at home. You only visit your dentist every six weeks so they can monitor your progress.
People with traditional braces do not get to appreciate the visual difference their braces are making from week to week, but Invisalign wearers begin to notice a visible difference in their smile within weeks.
How Do I Get Invisalign Aligners?
At Dentistry on Solent, we use modern clear aligners to help you attain straighter, healthier teeth. We give you a thorough consultation before treatment starts which includes the 3D scan, aligners customised precisely for your mouth, and a plan of treatment to help you achieve your dream smile. While you wear your aligners, they will gently pull your teeth into their new position.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
The amount of time it takes for Invisalign aligners to give you a straight smile will differ based on the severity of your misalignment. For a very mild alignment, you may only need six months for the aligners to work. For a more severe case, it may take as long as 12 to 18 months. The average patient uses Invisalign for 13.5 months. The progress will seem modest at first, but you will soon see a difference in your smile in just a few short weeks.
For optimal results, you are encouraged to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day. Treatment will take longer if you do not wear your aligners for the recommended period.
If you’re looking for orthodontics in Baulkham Hills and the surrounding neighbourhoods, our dental practice can meet your needs. Our dental practice is known for taking a compassionate and caring approach to all aspects of dentistry. We take the time to understand your dental goals and needs.
At Dentistry on Solent, we want the opportunity to revitalise your youthful smile and achieve the peak of your dental health. Achieve the perfect smile that you’ve always dreamed of by calling us on (02) 9158 6137 to schedule your orthodontic consultation.