Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. They are virtually invisible, compared to traditional metal braces. The aligners look like a slim, clear mouthguard that fits over your teeth.
If you are a suitable candidate for this treatment, we usually take a digital scan or impressions along with some photos and use a special 3D technology to create a personalised plan, which will show how your teeth move and how they look after treatment.
You will wear a new aligner every 1-2 weeks that slowly shift your teeth into the planned position.
Treatment times can vary depending on your individual teeth, but most cases are completed in 3-12 months.
Aligners only work while you are wearing them, so you will have to wear them for 22-24 hours a day.
Following treatment, as with all orthodontic treatment, you will need to wear a fixed and/or removable retainer to prevent your teeth moving back to their former position.
Most people may experience some minor discomfort for a few days whenever a new aligner is worn. This is normal and resembles a feeling of pressure as your teeth move. This discomfort disappears in a few days.
There may be some temporary lisping for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp or changes to your speech should disappear.