Invisalign uses a series of clear removable appliances, called clear aligners, that work to gradually bring the teeth into the desired position. Treatment generally takes between 10 to 20 months. The aligners are custom fabricated for each individual. Aligners are changed approximately every two weeks to keep the teeth moving towards the desired position. Compliance with wear is absolutely essential and a commitment is required to wear the appliances for 22 hours per day.
The aligners are clear and so are virtually invisible while being worn.
They are very comfortable.
For patients involved in music and theatre they have the advantage of being able to be removed for performances.
The aligners can be removed for eating.
That the aligners can be removed allows for easier tooth brushing and flossing.
Not all patients are suitable for Invisalign treatment and a variety of orthodontic problems are best treated, or can only be treated, with braces.
In some cases a short course of braces is required if the teeth are not moving with the Invisalign appliances as required.
All of the above aspects can be reviewed with the orthodontist to work out which is the best treatment to suit you. If Invisalign is not suitable, there is still the option of aesthetic clear braces for the upper teeth (often called the social six as they are the teeth most visible). The vast majority of patients find these clear braces to be very acceptable.