This is one of two types of invisible braces which are an innovative system for correcting badly aligned teeth. They are also useful for closing any unsightly gaps between the teeth.

There are an alternative to the traditional wire and metal brace and are chosen for their aesthetic properties. Many people who wear this brace do so for cosmetic reasons.

What does the Invisalign brace look like?

This brace is made from a transparent plastic, which means no metal brackets or wires and is designed using the latest CAD/CAM technology.

They are slipped over the teeth and are unnoticeable to the casual observer.

How does the Invisalign brace work?

This brace gradually moves misaligned teeth into position. This requires you to wear your brace for 22 hours each day and to change it for a new brace every two weeks.

It can take from several months up to a year to completely realign your teeth.

Your dentist will check on your progress every few weeks.

Advantages of the Invisalign brace

This has several advantages over conventional braces which include:

  • Unobtrusive
  • Comfortable
  • Convenient

This brace must be removed each time you eat or drink and is easier to clean. There is no risk of food particles becoming trapped under the wires or plate as with the conventional brace and it is easier to floss around as well.

The main advantage is cosmetic: this brace is transparent plus there is no sense of embarrassment at wearing this brace compared to the metal and wire variety.

Disadvantages of the Invisalign brace

They are not suitable for people with severe orthodontic problems such as severe malocclusion.

They depend upon the person being committed to following their course of treatment.

They have to be removed for eating and cleaning which means that there is a risk of them becoming lost. Some people find this an inconvenience.

Plus they are expensive.

How is the Invisalign brace fitted?

The dentist will take an impression of your teeth using a mould which is sent to a laboratory for fabrication of your brace. Photographs will also be taken.

The laboratory will create a 3D model of your teeth using a CT scanner which helps to design your brace.

This brace is customised to the measurements of your teeth and your personal requirements.

You will be notified when the brace is ready. The dentist will show you how to wear this and will provide you with instructions on caring for your brace. It must be worn for 22 hours each day.

This means that you have be fully committed and prepared to follow the treatment plan to the letter. The dentist will monitor your progress with regular check ups.

You will be given a retainer to wear after the treatment has ended which will prevent your teeth from shifting out of position.

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