So how does it work?
Unlike other orthodontic appliances which consist of a single brace worn for the entire duration of your treatment, the Invisalign system incorporates multiple aligners. Each bespoke aligner is fashioned from a lightweight clear acrylic and is made specifically to fit your mouth. As it’s worn over the teeth like an invisible gum shield, natural forces apply to move the teeth a fraction of an inch. When the teeth have been moved to the desired position, that particular aligner is discarded and the next one in the series is worn. The whole process is repeated until the desired effect has been reached. Treatment can take up to 2 years, but typically patients will have straighter teeth within 12-18 months.
What are the benefits?
Aside from the fact that few can see that you’re wearing them, Invisalign aligners are free from brackets and wires. This means they can be removed easily by the patient in order to clean their teeth as normal, maintaining a good level of oral hygiene. In fact it’s recommended that Invisalign aligners are removed every time you eat or drink anything other than water, and that teeth are cleaned directly after every meal. In addition, because they’re fully removable, you get to decide when and where you wear them – although for ideal results it’s recommended that your Invisalign aligners be worn for between 20 and 22 hours a day. Finally, because they’re made using a lightweight acrylic, they’re surprisingly comfortable in the mouth.
What conditions can they treat?
Invisalign aligners can fix just about any orthodontic problem that a conventional full-term bracket and wiring style system can fix. This includes crooked teeth, minor and moderate over/under bites, and teeth gaps. What’s more, tests have proven that they’re equally as competent in achieving those results.
The luxury of Invisalign aligners means that they get the job done without disrupting your normal daily life. Activities such as socializing with friends or going on a date wearing braces are no longer a problem. So if you’re looking to enhance the appearance of your smile with the minimum of fuss, then talk to us about Invisalign aligners. To find out more, contact us on (587) 317 4094 and see what everyone is raving about!