Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners are custom-made to fit the individual’s teeth, and are worn for about 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, brush and floss. They are virtually invisible and more comfortable than traditional metal braces.
The treatment process begins with a consultation with an Invisalign-trained dentist or orthodontist. They will take digital impressions of your teeth and use advanced 3D technology to create a virtual treatment plan. The plan will show the series of movements your teeth will go through during the course of treatment.
The aligners are made of a clear, medical-grade plastic material that is comfortable to wear and virtually invisible. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next set in the series. The aligners gently and gradually move the teeth into the desired position.
Invisalign treatment can be used to address a variety of orthodontic issues, including:
- Crowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
Invisalign treatment typically takes 12 to 18 months, but the duration can vary depending on the individual’s case. It’s important to wear the aligners as directed by your orthodontist and visit for regular checkups to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned.
Invisalign is an effective and discreet alternative to traditional metal braces, and it can be a good option for people who want to straighten their teeth without the visibility of metal brackets and wires.