Invisalign braces provide a remarkably discreet way to straighten your teeth. They are composed of a series of clear aligners which you can remove, with no need for metal brackets or metal wires.
Cosmetic dentist Dr Brendan Murphy: Invisalign rely on aligners which are removable. They are popular amongst patients because they can eat their food and brush their teeth without the braces in.
They need to be worn for 21 to 23 hours per day.
Treatment times in mild cases will be six to twelve months and in moderate cases twelve to eighteen months.
How do Invisalign braces work?
Invisalign's aligners, which are made of clear, very strong medical grade plastic. Each aligner is worn for two weeks and only removed to drink, eat and clean your teeth. Little by little, as you wear each of your aligners, your teeth will move into the position we want.
You will need to visit Appletree every six weeks so we can monitor your progress of treatment, with total treatment time being on average nine to fifteen months and the average number of aligners required being between eighteen to thirty aligners. However thesae figures vary according to the patient's individual needs.
How will Invisalign straighten my teeth?
The custom-made aligners apply a gentle force to align your teeth. But what makes Invisalign aligners unique is that each aligner only concentrates on particular teeth, which means for an efficient treatment plan.
Is Invisalign likely to be right for me?
As Appletree is a leading Glasgow Invisalign clinic, we are big fans of the treatment. However the patient's needs always come first and Invisalign will not suit everyone. On the whole however Invisalign is great for treating gaps between your teeth, overbites and over crowding.
What else should I know about Invisalign?
There will be mild discomfort when you first wear each aligner. That is not unusual with a dental brace treatment, but most patients find this goes away after a couple of days.
There is also a possibility that the aligners will affect your speech, but this also tends to be a short-lived inconvenience.
You will be happy to know that there are no restrictions on what you can eat during treatment - as long as you take your aligners out first - and you can brush your teeth and aligners afterwards.
Smoking is unsurprisingly discouraged as it can lead to staining of the aligners, and chewing gum is also strongly discouraged.
How do you clean your aligners?
The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing them with your toothbrush, and don't forget to clean your teeth!
Aligners should be worn for around 22 hours per day,. The other two hours should give you enough time to eat and clean your teeth and aligners.
When treatment is complete you may need a retainer to wear at night to make sure your teeth stay straight.
What are the benefits of choosing Invisalign?
Patients who choose Invisalign in Scotland find it offers a very discreet option for teeth straightening. They are removable, which means you can eat and drink without any bother and this also makes cleaning your teeth and of course the aligners a lot easier.
What is more, you are likely to find Invisalign aligners a lot more comfortable than metal braces. Using a virtual treatment plan we can even show you how your treatment will progress before you start.