You may have seen advertisements or heard about Invisalign—the invisible braces. Invisalign treatment is ideal for you if you’re concerned about other people knowing you are getting orthodontic treatment, or if you’re concerned about the comfort of traditional metal braces.
An Invisalign orthodontic treatment involves wearing a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every fortnight. Each one of the aligners is individually manufactured and fitted to your teeth. As you move on to each new aligner, your teeth will move until they reach the final position as prescribed by your dentist.
The appeal of Invisalign is: the aligners are clear, so you don’t have to feel self-conscious about your teeth while you’re receiving treatment; they are customised, so they are individually fitted to your teeth in a treatment plan that is specially written for you; they are removable, so you don’t have to worry about food getting caught in metal braces, or about cleaning; and they are comfortable to wear, so you can wear them nearly all day.
In fact, the very convenience of Invisalign is perhaps its only weakness. “More than anything else,” says Dr Phillip Stein, “you have to put that commitment into it. Because it’s removable, the temptation is always there to remove it, and you’ve got to resist that temptation if you want it to work. My experience with Invisalign has been that, with a committed patient, it works well.”
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that are custom-molded to fit you. The virtually invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile you'll be proud of.
Remove your aligners to eat, brush and floss. Change aligners every two weeks. Your teeth move little by little. Regular progress checks with your Orthodontist. Results often in 6 months to 1 year.
Why people prefer Invisalign?
The convenience and ease of use of the Invisalign system have made it the choice of over half a million people. In fact, Invisalign has been effective in giving hundreds of thousands of people amazing new smiles.
Most people won´t notice you´re in treatment. Won't disrupt your lifestyle.
No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth, and best of all, most people won't notice you're in treatment. Invisalign®, the clear alternative to braces, has been chosen by over 500,000 people who want amazing smiles.
How is it made?
Watch your teeth change right before your eyes.
State-of-the-art advances in dental science and technology are now available to you with Invisalign. When you see what´s involved, you´ll know why Invisalign is a great step forward in straightening teeth.
- An Invisalign Certified Orthodontist evaluates and creates a programme of treatment. Photos and impressions of your teeth are taken.
- A CT scan (Computed Tomography or CAT scan), is made from your dental impressions. The CT scan produces an extremely accurate, 3-dimensional digital model of your teeth.
- CAD (Computer Aided Design) software is then used to simulate the movement of your teeth during treatment.
- Your doctor reviews, modifies, and approves the treatment plan before the aligners are created.
- Invisalign then uses advanced stereolithography (SLA) technology to build precise molds of your teeth at each stage of your treatment.
How Invisalign can improve the health of your mouth.
Teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced can create unhealthy conditions, including swollen gums, redness and pocketing, all of which are signs of periodontal disease. As Invisalign invisibly straightens your teeth, it can also do great things for the health of your mouth.
- Healthier Gums - Clinical studies have shown that gum health may improve with the use of Invisalign during orthodontic treatment¹. Properly aligned teeth can help gums "fit" tighter around each tooth², which may lead to better periodontal health. Unlike braces, with Invisalign, you can brush and floss normally, which can help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.
- Easier Cleanings - Unlike traditional orthodontics or braces, Invisalign has no metal bands or wires to trap food and plaque. Maintaining a good oral hygiene programme will also reduce chances of plaque buildup, tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Is Invisalign® for Me?
Effective for a wide range of smiles.
The Invisalign system has been successful in giving hundreds of thousands of amazing smiles to both teens and adults. A certified Invisalign provider will create your individual treatment plan using Invisalign´s clear, custom-molded aligners to solve a range of issues, including: Overly crowded teeth, Widely spaced teeth, Overbites, Underbites, Crossbites.
Made to fit lifestyles like yours.
Now nothing comes between your lifestyle and having an incredible smile. Because Invisalign offers you comfort, convenience and virtual invisibility during treatment. With Invisalign, you can:
Be as active as you like because Invisalign won´t hold you back. Remove your aligners for special events, eating and brushing. Feel more confident everywhere you go.
Look your best during treatment. Invisalign is clear and practically invisible, so nothing gets in the way of your new smile. No wonder Invisalign is the choice of over half a million people. Unobtrusive in business meetings or social gatherings No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth Many people won´t notice you´re wearing aligners
Once you decide to improve your smile, the rest is easy.
Step 1: See a certified Invisalign provider
Whether you work with an Orthodontist or dentist, your certified Invisalign provider will give you an overview of how Invisalign works, evaluate your situation, and answer your questions. Want to find a certified Invisalign provider near you now?
Step 2: Map out a treatment plan.
You and your doctor develop a treatment plan specifically for you. Then the doctor takes bite impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to custom-mold a series of clear, removable aligners that will gradually move your teeth into an incredible new smile.
Step 3: Your aligners are created.
The advancements in technology that led to clear aligners were developed by Invisalign. Your aligners are created via precision computer mapping and design, then are shipped to your doctor.
Step 4: Wear your aligners.
You´ll receive your aligner series, switching to a new aligner every two weeks as your teeth move. Just wear each set of aligners night and day for a two week period, removing them only to eat, brush and floss. Visit your Invisalign provider on a regular basis for progress checks. Each case is a little different, but on average, treatment lasts about a year. Then you can show the real you with an amazing new smile!