Invisalign is an increasingly popular orthodontic system used to straighten teeth and improve smile aesthetics. It involves the use of a customised series of clear, removable aligners that gradually move teeth into the desired position.
The aligners are made from Invisalign’s proprietary SmartTrack material, which is virtually invisible so most people won’t even notice you wearing them. They are far more discreet than traditional braces, which makes Invisalign a popular choice for adult patients.
What can Invisalign do?
Invisalign can straighten your teeth and help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. More importantly though, correcting tooth alignment can actually make effective brushing and flossing easier, thereby reducing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. It can also prevent premature tooth wear caused by abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaws in patients with malocclusion.
For the best results, aligners must be worn 22 hours per day. They can be removed for eating, and also for brushing and flossing.
Many patients ask whether they are too old for Invisalign to be an effective treatment. The answer is, No! Age is not a barrier to achieving fantastic results, for patients who are motivated and committed to wearing the aligners as directed by their dental professional.
Traditional Orthodontics or Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment is able to maintain tooth structure and correct alignment problems, making it a great alternative to veneers or crowns as a cosmetic solution. It does have its limitations, and is not necessarily suitable for any significant expansion or bite opening. Your dental professional will advise you whether Invisalign or traditional (fixed) orthodontic treatment will be the ideal solution for you.