Have you ever wanted to straighten your teeth without wearing traditional orthodontic braces? Well, Invisalign is virtually the invisible alternative to braces.

Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, clear removable aligners or trays, which move teeth slowly over time towards the desired outcome as prescribed by your dentist or orthodontist.

Invisalign can be used to treat most orthodontic situations from correcting crowding issues, spacing issues, overbites, underbites, deep bites and open bites.

The beauty about Invisalign is that you can have orthodontic treatment done without people noticing that you are going through treatment. There is less chances of getting ulcers and lip abrasions as unlike traditional wires and brackets, the aligners are smooth.

Because the aligners are removable, you can clean your teeth better, allowing you to brush and floss normally and when eating, there is less chance of food getting stuck.

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The Procedure
Invisalign can take from between 14 weeks to over a year depending on the course of orthodontic treatment required.

An initial consultation with your Invisalign provider is required to assess your aesthetic concerns as well as assessing your orthodontic requirements. This will include a series of photos taken of your your teeth as well as facial profiles. From this assessment, your Invisalign provider will highlight your treatment options, possible outcomes and time frames.

The next step will include taking accurate impressions of your upper and lower teeth. These impressions are sent to Invisalign, whereby a computer simulation of possible teeth and tissue movements will be created for you to preview.

Once you are happy with the orthodontic treatment plan prescribed by your Invisalign provider, sequential aligners are fabricated and sent.

Your Invisalign provider will then book an appointment to fit the aligners and to place attachments to specific teeth.

Every 2 weeks you will be changing aligners in order to gradually and gently shift your teeth into place.

At the end of treatment retention will be placed.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. How does Invisalign work?

A. Invisalign treatment involves the use of a series of aligners in which each aligner is worn for approximately 2 weeks. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position; a process that is mapped out in advance by your Invisalign provider.

Q. How much does Invisalign cost?

A. In most cases, the cost and treatment times are comparable to that of traditional braces. However, as with other medical treatments, only your doctor can determine the cost, based on your specific needs. Other factors may include you treatment goals, the difficulty of your case, how long you are in treatment, and your orthodontic insurance coverage.

Q. Can anyone wear Invisalign?

A. Invisalign is designed for teenagers and adults.

The requirements are that you must be compliant in wearing the aligners for a minimum of 22 hrs a day. Small buttons of composite will be attached to certain teeth.

At the end of your treatment you must have retention for life. Retention through a wire placed behind the lower and or upper teeth or wearing a tray over your teeth ensures that your teeth do not relapse or move back into its original position.

Q. What are the aligners made of?

A. Aligners are made of clear thermoplastic material similar in appearance to bleaching trays.

Q. Will Invisalign treatment be painful?

A. At most, Invisalign treatment may produce a small amount of discomfort over the first 1-2 days of each new aligner. This is a result of the aligners placing pressure on specific teeth to move them into their desired position.

Contributed by Dr Michael Leong

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