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Are you looking for a discreet and comfortable way to straighten your teeth? Invisalign might be the solution you’re looking for!

As one of the most innovative approaches in dentistry today, Invisalign can gently transform your smile. But how does it work?

Let’s explore exactly what makes this orthodontic treatment option special and why more dental patients choose it over traditional braces. Keep reading to learn more!

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Straighten the Teeth?

Wearing Invisalign is an exciting experience for those who have always dreamed of having straight teeth. Many people do not know what to expect from this treatment procedure. So, how does Invisalign work, you may ask?

The process starts with a precise 3D scan of your teeth which digitally maps how they move into the desired position. Invisalign then uses advanced 3D technology to take images and impressions to create several customised sets of aligners based on this plan.

Each aligner is slightly different from the last and is designed to gently move your teeth millimetre by millimetre in the right direction. With regular use, you can expect your new smile to come through in 12 months on average.

After the treatment, you will be required to wear retainers to prevent your teeth from moving back to their original position.

Unlike traditional treatments, such as metal braces, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. By slowly changing the position of your teeth over time, Invisalign will leave you with a beautiful smile you’ll be proud to show off.

How Are Invisalign Trays Used?

Invisalign is an exciting new orthodontic treatment that has taken the world of dentistry by storm. Offering a unique, low-impact way to straighten your teeth, Invisalign uses clear, custom-made invisible aligners to gradually shift teeth into their correct positions.

Each aligner tray is custom created for each patient and designed to be worn for 20-22 hours every day for two weeks at a time. During this two-week period, the aligner trays apply gentle pressure on the teeth. They consistently guide the teeth toward the intended position until the patient switches to a new set of aligners.

The entire treatment process is based on a custom treatment plan that details the step-by-step movement for straightening your teeth. This plan is tailored to what works for the patient to achieve reliable and long-lasting results. With proper care and regular visits to check progress, Invisalign can help you achieve a straighter, more confident smile.

How Does It Feel to Wear Invisalign?

Wearing Invisalign can be a novel experience for many people. It looks unlike traditional braces, and it can feel significantly different too.

Invisalign is a far more comfortable approach to teeth alignment. Aside from being barely noticeable, the smooth plastic does not contain brackets or wires that can rub against your cheeks, causing discomfort and sores.

While it may take some time to get used to how it feels, many patients report that after a few days of wearing their aligners, they no longer feel them at all. Even better, since Invisalign trays are removable, you can eat normally. Invisalign allows for more flexibility than traditional braces; it is often far more comfortable and convenient than anticipated.

If you’re looking for an almost invisible way to straighten your teeth without sacrificing comfort or convenience, Invisalign may be right for you.

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Can All Patients Have Invisalign?

Unfortunately, not every patient can take advantage of this innovative treatment. Patients seeking Invisalign must meet certain criteria to qualify. An ideal candidate for Invisalign should:

  • Have mild to moderate orthodontic issues or need minor corrections.
  • Be able to comply with the responsibility of wearing the aligners at prescribed times throughout the day.
  • Be free of any active gum disease or tooth decay.

A qualified professional can evaluate patients to determine if they are good candidates for Invisalign. With this dental treatment, they can enjoy a straighter and healthier smile with little impact on their lifestyle.

Can Invisalign Address All Orthodontic Problems?

In today’s orthodontic world, there are various treatments that patients can choose from for different orthodontic issues. Orthodontists have successfully used Invisalign to address a wide range of issues, such as:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth/spacing issues
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Misaligned teeth

Although not all orthodontic problems can be resolved with Invisalign, it is considered a viable option for orthodontic treatment. These include:

  • Severe bite issues
  • Irregularly-shaped teeth
  • Serious cases of teeth rotations
  • Very large gaps between teeth

Patients should seek the advice of an experienced professional to determine whether or not Invisalign will deliver the desired results for them.

How Long Does It Take for Your Teeth to Straighten With Invisalign?

The beauty and convenience of Invisalign make it a popular choice for straightening teeth. While how long it takes to get your desired results can vary depending on your misalignment, most patients could expect the treatment to take up to 18 months.

Conversely, if you only have minor misalignment, you could see your desired results in 12 months or less. That’s faster than traditional braces and goes even quicker if you follow your orthodontist’s advice.

With dedication and a good treatment plan from an experienced orthodontic professional, you can look forward to straighter teeth without metal braces.

Final Thoughts

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that involves wearing a series of clear aligners custom-made for your teeth. The aligners are strategically designed to move your teeth in tiny increments, helping you achieve beautiful, straighter teeth. With regular use and checkups with the dentist, Invisalign works just as effectively as other orthodontic treatments.

If you’re interested in Invisalign, book an appointment for an initial consultation with the dental team at The Smile Space. You may do so through our website or by calling our dental clinic. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Frequently Asked Questions

Several benefits of Invisalign make it a popular choice for many people looking to straighten their teeth.

  1. Invisalign trays are far less visible than traditional metal braces and designed to be virtually unnoticeable when worn – the perfect option for those looking for discretion.

  2. Invisalign trays can be removed for cleaning or eating as desired. This means there are no dietary restrictions due to brackets or metal wires. Plus, cleaning is easier, which is good for oral health.

  3. Treatment time is shorter than many alternatives.

  4. It offers a more comfortable wearing experience due to its smooth plastic surface, minimising cheek and gum irritation often experienced with metal braces.

  5. They are made of BPA-free plastic, minimising the risk of allergies and adverse reactions.

Cleaning your Invisalign trays is an important part of the treatment. When cleaning your trays, remember two main tips: keep your Invisalign trays out of hot water and avoid using abrasive materials on them.

When cleaning, gently rinse the trays with lukewarm (not hot) water and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub away built-up plaque and debris from the surfaces.

For excellent oral hygiene, brush your teeth, rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal, and rinse the Invisalign trays before inserting them back into your mouth.

With proper cleaning and care, your Invisalign tray will remain in top condition!

Many people wonder if Invisalign is expensive. On average, Invisalign treatment will range between $6,000 and $9,000. This can vary based on your case requirements and goals. Please speak to your Invisalign provider for an exact quote specific to your needs and budget.

Wearing your Invisalign for 20-22 hours per day is key to successful treatment and achieving the beautiful, straight smile you desire.

If you fail to wear your aligners during this recommended time, chances are the treatment will take longer or will not be as effective.

This could lead to potentially more costly or inconvenient treatments down the road.

Always follow your dentist’s instructions and follow the proper wear time for a straighter smile!

Dr. Joseph Coorey


Dr. Joseph Coorey

Dr. Joseph Coorey, or just Joey as many of his patients call him, graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010. Joey is passionate about dentistry, particularly Dentofacial Orthopaedics and Orthodontics, with a goal for appropriate airway development, healthy jaw joints, and proper function in adults and children.

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