Invisalign™ uses a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners. These aligners will straighten misaligned teeth. Its innovative technique allows for discreet straightening. They use a small amount of tooth movement for each aligner. You will progress to the subsequent aligners every two weeks. Your teeth will gradually shift into their correct positions. As the aligners are not fixed to your teeth, they are easier to get used to. They can be removed when you eat, drink and brush your teeth. Giving you the benefits of optimum hygiene.
Benefits of Invisalign:
No impressions are required. We use an iTero intraoral scanner. This takes a series of images of your teeth. A computer-generated virtual image of your teeth and bite is formed. Ensuring maximum accuracy of your Invisalign™ aligner. Your Clincheck is reviewed and treatment plan designed. This will be done by your Orthodontist. Your aligners will be custom made at the Invisalign™ laboratories in USA.
The fitting appointment consists of the placement of any tooth coloured attachments. These are usually required to facilitate the movement of certain teeth. And the fitting of the aligners themselves. Wear instructions for your aligners will also be detailed at this time. An oral hygiene care session concludes the appointment. You will be shown how to insert and remove your new aligners. As well as how to take care of them
Aligner checks with Invisalign™ treatment are straightforward. However, at certain times of your treatment, longer appointments may be required. This is to complete adjustments set out by the treatment plan.
Upon completion of your aligner treatment, any attachments will be cleaned and polished off your teeth. This is done by our Hygienists. A set of retainers is then made for you.
Your retainers retain your new tooth positions. Wearing them is paramount to maintaining your new smile. Relapse can occur if retainers are not worn. Its severity can present in varying degrees. Further retainer check appointments are included in your treatment fee. Dr. Skilton and Dr. Yap are happy to provide additional retainer checks if required.
We typically only recommend Invisalign treatment for adults and teenagers. The removable nature of Invisalign brings with it a certain level of responsibility. It is sometimes easiest to simply select more fixed options for children such as braces as you child cannot lose these! Invisalign is also not suitable for those who have yet to lose all of their baby teeth. It also needs to be taken into consideration that for children under the age of 12, mouths and teeth are still moving and shifting consistently, making it difficult to know where exactly their teeth will settle once the growing phase slows down.
Accidents happen, you may have misplaced your Invisalign or have damaged it somehow. If this is the case, you should contact your orthodontist immediately and schedule the soonest possible appointment to get fitted for a new aligner. If you leave this for too long, your teeth will likely shift and you will be set back a few steps in your treatment process. Having a new aligner fitted immediately will help you to stay on track.
You should clean your Invisalign aligners as often as you do your teeth. Simply remove the aligner and use your regular toothbrush with some of your regular toothbrush and brush all surfaces of the Invisalign appliances for a few minutes. Once you have completed this, rinse your aligners with some water. You may also wish to place your Invisalign in a glass of water with a retainer cleaning effervescent tablet during mealtimes for extra cleaning.
Invisalign attachments are small tooth-coloured “bumps”. They are attached to certain teeth. This increases the predictability of the tooth movements with the aligners. Almost all InvisalignTM treatments require these attachments. This is to provide a good result.
Invisalign treatment is often recommended instead of braces. Therefore the placement of braces would be unusual after Invisalign treatment. However, in some cases, difficult tooth movements are required. So braces may be recommended to finalise the bite. Also to correct the positions of certain teeth. At Simply Orthodontics, if braces are required for a short time at the end of the Invisalign treatment, there are no extra costs.
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your condition. This may only be determined by your orthodontist. On average, treatment takes about 12 months for adults. Length of treatment also depends upon how well you stick to the treatment requirements. You are required to wear your retainers for 20-22 hours each day.