INVISALIGN

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign™ – Invisible braces

The new Invisalign™ system straightens your teeth with custom-made clear aligners. They are comfortable, practically invisible and there no implants or uncomfortable, unsightly braces.

Your Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by your dental provider.

What's more, a virtual treatment plan generated by Invisalign technology software shows the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment. This allows you to see upfront what your teeth are expected to look like at the end of the treatment. From the results of the Invisalign software, your custom-made, clear aligners are produced especially for you.

Invisalign is one of the best ways to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life.

                                                    Treatment comparison

When it comes to considering your options for a smile makeover, it's easy to see Invisalign's clear advantages, which provide another reason to smile. Compare Invisalign to other teeth straightening options below.

 

Invisalign

Fixed Braces

How does it work?

Invisalign uses a series
of clear, removable aligners
to straighten your teeth 
without wires or brackets   

Fixed braces use wires
and brackets to move your
teeth into straighter
alignment

Nearly invisable

 

No. Most fixed braces are 
noticeable

Removable during 
treatment

 

No. You cannot remove 
fixed braces until treatment
is completed

Treatment doesn't 
involve metal that can 
irritate teeth and gums

 

No. The metal wires and 
brackets used can cause 
mouth irritation

Allows you to brush and 
floss normally during 
treatment

 

No. Fixed metal braces 
hinder the ability to reach
 the entire tooth/gum area 
when flossing

Provides a clear, 
defined and virtual 
treatment plan from the 
start to the completion of 
treatment

 

Although your dental 
provider has a clear 
defined treatment plan, 
you will not be able to see 
what your teeth may look 
like during and after 
treatment

What about veneers?

Veneers can be used in conjunction with Invisalign to improve the shape or colour of your teeth. Should you have a chipped or irregular tooth, veneers can be used to finalise your treatment and smile after your teeth have been straightened with Invisalign.

While veneers offer many advantages in combination with Invisalign, veneers as a standalone option to address a cosmetic issue can have distinct disadvantages that should be considered very carefully before agreeing to treatment.

With veneers, the front surface of the tooth enamel is permanently removed and replaced with a thin piece of specially-shaped porcelain or plastic glued over the front of the teeth. This is an irreversible procedure as natural tooth enamel is partially or completely removed to accommodate the veneer. When using veneers as a dental straightening solution only, more tooth enamel than necessary may need to be removed. If used in combination with Invisalign, the amount of enamel that needs to be removed may be minimised.

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, as veneers are a purely cosmetic procedure, they don't correct the position of your teeth or correct bite problems. Instead of straightening teeth as Invisalign does, a veneer simply covers up the imperfections. Invisalign offers you naturally beautiful, healthy teeth. It's a solution worth smiling about!

What are aligners made of and what do they look like?

The virtually invisible aligners are made of strong, medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan. The aligners are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth.

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