Invisible orthodontic treatment methods are growing in popularity, and none more so than Invisalign. Using a series of clear, plastic aligners which look like thin sports mouthguards, this custom-made appliance straightens your teeth while remaining virtually invisible.
At One Smile Orthodontics we have Diamond Invisalign provider status.
What is Invisalign?
Imagine wearing clear, thin sports mouthguards over your teeth all the time. No-one can see them, they’re comfortable to wear and you can take them out to eat, brush and floss. That’s what Invisalign treatment is like. There are no metal brackets or archwires like those used for traditional braces; instead you wear clear, custom-made aligners that quickly and effectively move your teeth into a straighter position, giving you a beautiful smile to show off.
Types of Invisalign
Invisalign Comprehensive: This version of Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners in place of traditional braces (where appropriate) to fix major orthodontic problems. If Invisalign treatment is right for you, we’ll begin by taking impressions of your teeth so we can get your aligners custom-made. Every two weeks you’ll need to change these aligners as each set works to gently guide your teeth into their correct position.
Fast Invisalign treatment: Invisalign offers two fast treatment options for minor orthodontic cases affecting the front six teeth. Invisalign Lite can get great results in as little as six months; Invisalign Express uses the same method but can get results in as little as three months. Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Express are only suitable for minor orthodontic cases affecting the six front teeth.
Invisalign First: This version of Invisalign is designed for children. At One Smile Orthodontics we encourage children to come in for an early orthodontic consultation. If, at this consultation, they present with signs of potential orthodontic issues, we can take a proactive approach and provide some preliminary treatment using Invisalign First aligners.
Invisalign is also suitable for teenage patients. We can fit a blue dot wear indicator to each set of aligners to help you and your teen keep track of the hours spend wearing them. For ultimate results, Invisalign aligners should be worn for 22 hours a day.
Benefits of Invisalign
Custom-made and comfortable: Invisalign aligners are custom-made to your teeth and your teeth only, making them comfortable to wear and ensuring you get a great result from your treatment.
Discreet: The clear plastic Invisalign aligners are made from is virtually invisible which makes Invisalign one of the most discreet treatment options available. This gives both adults and teens wearing them the confidence of knowing others around them can’t see they’re having treatment.
Removable: The aligners are removable so you can take them out to eat, brush and floss or for important occasions such as business meetings or family weddings.
Hygienic: Being able to brush and floss your teeth properly throughout Invisalign treatment makes it easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
Results: Invisalign can get exceptional results, some of which can be seen in as little as three months. Straighter teeth also contribute to better overall health and digestion.
Does Invisalign treatment hurt?
No, Invisalign treatment isn’t painful because the custom-made aligners work to gently move your teeth into the correct position. When you change your aligners you may experience slight discomfort as your teeth begin to readjust but this can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.
How much does Invisalign cost?
We will be able to give you a quote for Invisalign treatment after your free consultation as we will then know the extent of treatment you require. Invisalign is slightly more expensive than traditional metal braces but we have payment plans available to help you with the cost.
Will Invisalign impact on my lifestyle?
No, the beauty of Invisalign is the aligners are removable so you can continue to play sports and musical instruments, socialise, work and attend important functions, all while receiving treatment.