What is Invisalign and How Does it Work?

Braces are – or at least used to be – an extremely popular method of straightening crooked or damaged teeth to give you a perfect smile. While they work, traditional braces are extremely obvious, they require countless trips to the dentist or orthodontist, and they are generally pretty expensive.

Invisalign technology is a new, more modern form of braces. Invisalign is also designed to help straighten crooked teeth, but they are much more inconspicuous and more convenient. They can be fitted and maintained by a standard dentist, and anyone can use them!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is basically a more modern, more convenient alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are designed to straighten your teeth without a lot of pain or discomfort. They are basically small, virtually invisible plastic mouthpieces which are fitted to straighten your teeth. Each aligner is used for a couple of weeks, and then you move onto the next one. Each aligner is slightly straighter than the last, which means that your teeth will gradually be pulled into place.

Invisalign aligners are similar to small mouthguards. They are simply popped into place on your teeth whenever you can. They can be removed for eating and for cleaning your teeth, but left in during the night and the rest of the day. If you are looking for a no fuss teeth straightening option, go for Invisalign.

How does Invisalign work?

Every Invisalign aligner that you use is custom made for your teeth. They are made entirely of a tough, transparent plastic, and they contain no metal or metallic products. Each aligner is used for roughly two weeks, and will move your teeth up to 0.25mm. Once you have exhausted the effectiveness of one aligner, you will start on the next one.

Over time, your teeth will be moved into place with minimal discomfort and pain. Forget about unsightly metal brackets and horrible orthodontist appointments. Eventually, you will have the smile you have always dreamed of!

Getting started with Invisalign:

If you would like to explore your tooth straightening options further, visit your local dentist and ask if they work with Invisalign technology. Note that although Joondalup City Dental is, not all dentists are equipped to or qualified to work with Invisalign.

Once you have found a dentist who will work with Invisalign, it is time for the treatment process to start. Your dentist will scan your teeth to map the way they need to move, how much they need to move, and how they need to move. This will allow them to develop an individual treatment plan which is right for you.

The average treatment time is about 12 months for a standard adult, but this can change depending on how crooked your teeth are and how they respond to treatment. Your dentist should be able to give you a decent estimate at your initial consultation.

If you would like to get that perfect smile you have always dreamed of without using painful metal braces, ask your dentist about Invisalign today!