What is Invisalign?
Invisalign are a set of custom-made retainers made for you by your orthodontist from a cast of your teeth. Unlike fixed brace models, Invisalign places much of the responsibility into your hands as the patient, as you need to be sure to wear them 22 hours a day and change them every 2 weeks to get the best results. Gradually, your teeth will move into the correct position and you’ll have the confidence to smile again. Invisalign is suitable for teens and adults alike.
How long does it take?
The average time period for Invisalign treatment is 13 months which is on average, 5/6 months less than traditional braces treatment. You will have to visit your orthodontist every 6 weeks in order for your progress be tracked, so choosing a high quality practice is key – here at Brilliant, our team is made up of experienced professionals with specialised training.
Invisalign retainers are altogether more comfortable than braces. Unlike traditional braces, they’re bracketless and without metal wires or sharp edges. As they’re custom-made, they’re a perfect fit for your teeth too.
As a removable applaince, each alinger can be easily cleaned, unlike traditional braces with which you must be meticulous to avoid any lapses in your treatment.
How noticeable are Invisalign retainers?
This is one of the main advantages of Invisalign is their discreet appearance – the clue is in the name’s prefix – ‘INVIS-align’.
Invisalign has caught the attention of celebrities, with One Direction’s Niall Horan, popstar Gwen Stefani and Hollywood’s Tom Cruise enlisting the help of orthodontics and Invisalign – Tom even wore them on the red carpet!
Invisalign will leave you with the impeccably aligned teeth you’re after, as long as you follow your orthodontist’s guidance and advice. You will have to wear a hassle-free retainer for a short time after your Invisalign treatment has finished to prevent your teeth from moving back to their original position.
A huge change for patients is the difference in their self-confidence as well as a change in their dental health
Am I eligible for Invisalign?
Unfortunalty Invisalign isn’t suited to everyone. Your Orthodontist may find you could benefit from a different treatment depending on what you need for the perfect smile. The Invisalign website has a ‘Smile Assessment’ test you can take so you can see if you’re suited to Invisalign, though your orthodontist will of course have the final say.
A round up of the benefits
- Less obtrusive than traditional braces
- Widely available