In the past, braces were required to straighten teeth with brackets and wires. Technology has advanced enormously and today brackets are a fraction of the size they used to be, they are available in a myriad of colours, and are more comfortable and pain-free than ever before. And now there are new exciting alternatives to traditional braces in the form of Invisalign ‘invisible braces’.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign braces are the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without the need for traditional braces using fixed brackets and wires. The Invisalign System uses clear, removable ‘aligners’ to straighten teeth without any metal or wires.
Does Invisalign Really Work?
Yes. In both clinical research and in dental practices around the world, Invisalign has been effectively used to straighten teeth. Over 5.5 million patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been successfully treated with Invisalign’s invisible dental braces.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign braces use 3D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial teeth position to the final desired teeth position. This imaging is used to create a series of custom-made invisible orthodontic “aligners”. Each orthodontic aligner moves the teeth incrementally while being worn for approximately two weeks. It is then replaced by the next aligner in the series until the final desired teeth position is achieved. The result is a beautiful smile of straight teeth.
What Are The Benefits Of Invisalign?
There are four main benefits of using Invisalign as invisible braces over traditional braces:
- Invisalign is nearly invisible – you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
- Invisalign is removable – you can eat and drink what you want throughout your orthodontic treatment; you can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
- Invisalign is comfortable – there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation. No metal or wires also means you spend less time in the dentist’s chair getting adjustments or needing repairs to fix broken wires.
- Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start. This incredible technology allows you to see how your teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
How Long Does It Take To Straighten Teeth With Invisalign?
The length of treatment is dependent on the severity of each individual patient’s orthodontic issues. Treatment may vary from anywhere between six months to two years, with the average treatment taking around 12 to 14 months.
How Do I Get Started With Invisalign?
McIntosh Dental are one of the leading providers of Invisalign invisible braces in Auckland. Contact us for your initial consultation. This appointment will give you all the information you need to begin your Invisalign treatment and your journey to the amazing smile you have always wanted.