Invisalign is rapidly increasing in popularity as an alternative to braces. This is because as the name suggests the treatment is barely visible, unlike braces which consist of unsightly metal brackets that are also quite uncomfortable. Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners that are progressively changed to align the teeth. The length of time it takes to correct the teeth depends upon their degree of misalignment.
Who is eligible for Invisalign?
It is important to seek the advice of a professional orthodontist when considering Invisalign. This option is unfortunately not available for all situations. For instance in cases where the teeth are severely misaligned then normal braces are still the best option. Additionally, Invisalign is not suited to children or teenagers as they still have developing teeth. Invisalign is a suitable option for instances where a person's bite needs to be corrected or has mildly misaligned teeth. The orthodontist will take a thorough look at the person's teeth to determine whether this is the best option.
Who carries out the Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign treatment cannot be performed by a general dentist. The specialists performing this procedure are specialist orthodontists who have completed additional qualifications to enable them to deal with orthodontics. When selecting a provider for Invisalign treatment it is important to check their credentials and that they are trained in Invisalign treatment.
Treatment occurs by creating a mould of the person's teeth then creating the initial clear plastic aligner. The person needs to wear this around 20–22 hours a day only taking it off to brush, floss and eat. It is recommended that the patient doesn't drink beverages whilst wearing Invisalign as this can stain the plastic. This means that this must also be worn during sleep. This does take adjusting to however it is completely necessary to ensure effective treatment. After two weeks another appointment is scheduled and another mould of the person's teeth is taken to make a new Invisalign aligner. This process continues until the teeth are aligned appropriately. This usually takes between 12–18 months.
The total cost of the treatment differs from case to case depending upon complexity, in Australia the price ranges from $2,500 to $6,000.
Initially, some discomfort may occur however overtime this improves. If someone experiences sharp pains or extreme discomfort then they should speak to their Invisalign specialist immediately. They can ensure that you have a rewarding and comfortable experience.