Clear Braces – The Clear and Virtually Invisible Solution for Straightening Your Teeth.
Invisalign is a virtually invisible and hygienic treatment used to comfortably and predictably straighten teeth. Technological advances in dentistry have seen Invisalign (clear braces) completely revolutionize the orthodontics world making beautiful smiles possible for everyone.
Why clear braces is the best option – But what is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is a type of dental or orthodontic treatment that helps to straighten skew or crooked teeth by using clear aligners as opposed to traditional metal braces. Using our unique SMART Force Technology Invisalign appliances are custom made thermoplastic orthodontic aligners that work by gradually moving your teeth over time. This system uses an innovative approach where each aligner is digitally laser cut and custom-designed to fit each stage of your teeth straightening process. Unlike braces they are removable and the Invisalign clear tray fits uniquely to the profile of your smile.
Is Invisalign® Right for me?
The decision of braces versus Invisalign treatment depends on your dentists reviewing your specific dental needs and long-term oral health. A trained Invisalign dentist will take care of your treatment every step of the way and provide you with recommendations based on
- Level of teeth crowding
- Complexity of straightening required
- Oral development
- Aesthetic preferences
See Your Results Before Starting Treatment
Thanks to technology and advances in digital imaging, Invisalign can create a computer-generated image to preview your future smile before you start treatment. You will be able to see pre-treatment photos and compare these images with future predictions of what your teeth will look like after the Invisalign treatment.
3 Step Treatment with Invisalign®
Each Invisalign consultation starts with a 30min oral examination to determine if Invisalign is the best option for you. We take an impression of your teeth, panoramic x-ray and a cephalometric x-ray to determine the extent of alignment your teeth will require and how many aligners you need throughout the treatment.
2-3 weeks after your initial consultation we will have a treatment plan set up for you. Depending on the complexity of your case and how many teeth need to be straightened, Invisalign will design and recommend 1 of 4 treatment options
- Express – usually used to move only 1 or 2 teeth and cosmetically focuses on your visible teeth at the forefront of your smile.
If you have severe overcrowding your dentist will usually recommend traditional braces over Invisalign. We will discuss the estimated timeframe, cost and process based on your specific diagnosis. Some treatment plans will include 12 aligners others will be 24 aligners and these will be changed every 4-6 weeks throughout your treatment plan. Most of our comprehensive Invisalign patients can expect to complete their treatment anywhere from 12-24 months although you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks.
The results you achieve with Invisalign are directly dependant on a patient’s compliance and commitment to wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours per day. While they are removable they should only be removed to have a meal or clean your teeth. Traditional braces are permanently fixed so the commitment is made for you. Aligners need to remain in place so that gradually changes in each aligner effectively and progressively move your teeth into a straighter position. Once your treatment plan is complete we recommend wearing a removable retainer or what we call a linear bar which is a fixed appliance secured to the back of your lower teeth to prevent any relaxation of the teeth.