What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative way to align and straighten teeth with a series of customised aligner that fit over the upper and lower teeth. The aligners are made of clear plastic that is almost invisible when worn in the mouth and this is the main advantage of this treatment compared to conventional braces when esthetic is of a major concern to the patient.
How does Invisalign work?
The series of customised aligners are made with the help modern, computer aided plastic manufacturing technology.
Each aligner is made slightly different in shape to fit, push or pull the teeth towards the desired position.
As you replace each aligner after the each short period of wear, your teeth will move little by little, week by week, and as you progress with the whole series of aligners until the teeth are straighten to the final position prescribed by our dentist.
What Are the Advantages of Invisalign?
The aligners are removable and has minimal interferences on your daily activities and diet.
Since they are removable, it is easier to keep your teeth and gum healthy with normal brushing and flossing, throughout the duration of your treatment.
They are more comfortable to wear as it do not has protruding brackets like conventional braces, reducing the irritation to the lips and cheeks.
The major advantage is that Invisalign is almost invisible when worn during treatment and it allows you to undergo your teeth straightening treatment discreetly especially in situation when your life style or work do not allow you to wear conventional braces.
How Long does the Whole Treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on the severity and complexity of your case and on average ranges from 12-36 months.
How Long will the Completed Straight Teeth Last?
The straight teeth will last as long as you follow our dentist’s instructions on the wearing of your retainers. Teeth in the newly finalised position will move back to its original position once the Invisaign treatment ended if you do not wear your retainer as prescribed.
Retention of the completed result is the second active phase of all braces treatment whether is it done by conventional braces or Invisalign.
It is also important to continue to visit us for your 6-monthly routine check-ups together with your retainers. This will allow us to identify any relapse or breakage to your retainers early.
Is Invisalign Treatment Painful?
There will be some discomfort as the teeth moves under the pressure of the aligners. The teeth may feel weak or ache when a new aligners are worn, so soft diet is recommended immediately for a few days.
It will be more comfortable compared to conventional braces and it does not have any protruding parts that may irritate the lips and cheeks.
What is the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces?
Invisalign aligners are removable by the patient, comfortable to use and almost invisible when worn. Traditional braces are basically metal brackets that are bonded to your teeth and flexible wires are fitted onto the brackets.
Will Invisalign treatment affect my speech?
At first wearing the new trays there may be a small amount of discomfort that could cause you to possibly slur or stumble on a few words, but that will not last long at all or have any real effect on your speech. Overall, Invisalign will not affect your speech.
How often do I need to visit the clinic during my Invisalign treatment?
Our dentist will need to see you every 4 to 8 weeks to constantly review your case and to monitor the progress of tooth movement. New set of aligners will also be issued to you during suitable timing according to the progress of the treatment.
How long should I wear my aligners each day?
You are required to wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours every day. The only time you remove the aligners are when you brushes your teeth and during meal times.
What types of food and drinks should I avoid during my Invisalign treatment?
As your aligners are removable during eating, you can practically consume any food without restriction. However, drinks like coffee, tea and wine might stain your aligners.
How should I clean my teeth and aligners?
As your aligners are removable, you can remove them and carry out your regular brushing and flossing. Toothbrush and toothpaste should be used to clean your aligners as well.