07 Oct 2021
5 min read
Your smile is a major part of what you project to the outside world.
If you feel things aren’t quite right with your teeth it can understandably affect your self-esteem.
Many people reach adulthood feeling this way and either wrongly assume it’s too late to do anything about it or find the thought of wearing noticeable braces off-putting.
Fortunately, with Invisalign braces, it’s very difficult for anyone to notice you’re having a teeth-straightening treatment.
Invisalign transparent plastic aligners are tailor-made for your teeth.
You wear different sets of aligners for two weeks each.
They apply pressure on your teeth and will slowly move them towards their final, straight position.
You can remove Invisalign aligners for things like eating, brushing your teeth and drinking anything other than water.
You can talk things over with your Invisalign dentist and decide together if it’s a treatment that’s right for you.
Your dentist will devise a personalised treatment plan for you – usually by taking x-rays, photographs and impressions…
… so they can map out the future movements of your teeth and work out approximately how long it will take to achieve your straight smile.
They can also show you a 3D simulation of how your teeth will look at the end of treatment by scanning your teeth using dental imaging technology.
Next, a number of custom-made aligners are created specifically for you. For best results, you should aim to wear your aligners for between 20 and 22 hours a day.
Every two weeks you switch to a new set of aligners and you will have a number of check-ups to see how the treatment is progressing.
All patients are different but treatment for adults typically takes about a year.
Once the treatment is complete, you can start to love your new smile!
Your dentist will be able to assess if Invisalign treatment is right for you.
It is usually an appropriate treatment for most adults who would like to enjoy the confidence of straighter teeth.
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