Invisalign

WHAT IS INVISALIGN®?

Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth and correct various dental issues. These aligners are custom-made for you and gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, comfortable to wear, and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, providing a convenient and discreet option for orthodontic treatment.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Invisalign works by using a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners to gradually shift your teeth into their desired position. You can expect the following steps during your treatment:

  • Consultation: Our orthodontist assesses your dental condition and creates a customised treatment plan based on your goals.
  • Digital Impressions: Instead of traditional moulds, digital impressions are taken of your teeth using 3D scanning technology to create a precise digital model.
  • Custom Aligners: Using the digital model, a series of clear plastic aligners are created specifically for you. Each aligner is slightly different and is designed to move the teeth incrementally.
  • Progressive Wear: You will wear each set of aligners for about 1-2 weeks, typically for 20-22 hours a day. As you progress through the series, the aligners gradually shift the teeth into the correct position.
  • Regular Check-Ups: You will visit your orthodontist periodically to monitor your progress and receive your new sets of aligners.
  • Treatment Completion: Once your teeth have reached their desired position, your treatment is complete. You may then be given a retainer to maintain your new smile.

CAN I USE INVISALIGN® FOR ANY KIND OF DENTAL ISSUE?

Invisalign is a versatile orthodontic treatment that can address a wide range of dental issues, including mild to moderate cases of:

  • Crowding: Invisalign can help alleviate crowding by gradually shifting and aligning teeth into a more harmonious position.
  • Spacing: It can close gaps or spaces between teeth by moving them closer together.
  • Overbites and underbites: Invisalign can be effective in correcting overbites (when upper teeth overlap the lower teeth excessively) and underbites (when lower teeth protrude in front of the upper teeth).
  • Crossbites: It can address crossbites, where teeth are misaligned horizontally, causing some upper teeth to bite on the inside of lower teeth.
  • Open bites: Invisalign can help with open bites, where some teeth do not make contact when the mouth is closed.

However, Invisalign may not be suitable for severe orthodontic cases or issues requiring significant tooth rotation or vertical movement. An orthodontic evaluation by a qualified professional is essential to determining whether Invisalign is the right treatment option for an individual’s specific dental concerns. In some cases, traditional braces or other orthodontic treatments may be recommended for more complex issues.

HOW LONG WILL INVISALIGN® TAKE?

The duration of an Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of the dental issues being addressed, your individual response to treatment, and your compliance with wearing the aligners as prescribed. In general, Invisalign treatment typically ranges from about 6 to 18 months, although it can be shorter or longer in some cases.

For mild cases of misalignment or spacing, treatment may be completed in as little as 6 to 12 months. Moderate cases usually require around 12 to 18 months. More complex or severe orthodontic issues may take longer, up to 24 months or more.

Regularly attending your follow-up appointments at Clifton Orthodontics and wearing the aligners for the recommended 20-22 hours a day are essential for achieving the desired results within the estimated timeframe. Your orthodontist will provide a more accurate timeline during your initial consultation, and they will monitor your progress throughout the treatment to ensure it stays on track.

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE INVISALIGN®?

  • It provides a more discreet and aesthetically pleasing treatment option since the clear aligners are virtually invisible.
  • Invisalign is removable, allowing you to enjoy your favourite foods and maintain better oral hygiene.
  • Invisalign typically results in fewer discomforts and irritations compared to metal braces, there are no sharp wires or brackets.
  • Invisalign often offers a shorter overall treatment time.

WHEN SHOULD I NOT CHOOSE INVISALIGN®?

  • It may not be suitable for severe orthodontic issues or complex cases that require more extensive tooth movement or the use of additional appliances.
  • If you struggle with compliance or are prone to losing or misplacing the aligners, you should consider other orthodontic treatment options, as consistent wear is crucial for success.
  • Invisalign may be more expensive than traditional braces, but during your first appointment, we can give you a clear picture of the costs you can expect.
  • Young children or patients with certain dental conditions may not be good candidates for Invisalign, as it may not provide the necessary control or correction required.

Please do not hesitate to contact Clifton Orthodontics in Bristol for an appointment so we can discuss the best treatment option for your specific needs and dental concerns.

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