Improper teeth alignment can have negative effects on a smile. The aesthetics of a smile suffers from crooked teeth, especially if the affected ones are visible when smiling. Functional issues also arise when teeth are not properly aligned; this can lead to problems with speaking and chewing, or with the jaw joint.
Crooked teeth problems are solved with orthodontic treatments, which straighten the teeth to improve alignment. However, the metal parts used in conventional dental braces often cause uncomfortable and embarrassing issues throughout the treatment. Invisalign offers an ideal solution to teeth straightening without the accompanying problems caused by metal wires and brackets.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth in a discreet manner. Invisalign braces improve teeth alignment in a much shorter timeframe compared to conventional dental braces and are more convenient to use. The different treatment options available under Invisalign are used for a wide range of orthodontic requirements.
How does Invisalign Work?
The clear Invisalign aligners are worn on top of the teeth, covering the entire arch to straighten misaligned teeth. The plastic aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear – a far cry from metal braces. Visible results can be seen in an average of 12-18 months, depending on the severity of the case.
- Invisalign Teen – Developed specifically for teenagers’ orthodontic needs with special features, such as wear indicators that act as compliance reminders and six complimentary Invisalign aligner replacements. In addition, the design provides for the possibility of new adult teeth coming out during the orthodontic treatment.
- Invisalign Lite – Aimed at treating mild to moderate teeth alignment problems, Invisalign Lite is also used to correct relapse after using traditional dental braces, with a maximum of 14 clear aligners.
- Invisalign Full – Used to treat a wide range of improper teeth alignment issues, this is Invisalign’s core product. Mild to more complex teeth straightening cases can be addressed with the Invisalign Full system, and it offers maximum flexibility with an average treatment time of 11 to 12 months.
- Invisalign Assist – A treatment planning and monitoring system that aids dentists for the achievement of optimal results, when it comes to using Invisalign products and methods for orthodontic treatment. The system is created to provide additional guidance to dentists who are in the first few stages of their training with Invisalign. It includes tracking of the orthodontic treatment progress, appointment planning, and compliance indicators.
- Invisalign Express (5 or 10) – Provides the same treatment flexibility offered by Invisalign Full, but with a shorter treatment period (3 to 6 months) for patients who have minor teeth spacing or crowding concerns. Invisalign Express 5 involves 5 or fewer stages of treatment, while Invisalign Express 10 is for 10 or fewer treatment stages.
- Invisalign i7 – For minor teeth crowding, spacing, or movement due to relapse. A maximum of 7 aligner stages are used, with visible results seen in as short as three months.
- Invisalign Vivera Retainers – These clear retainers are designed to be used after using Invisalign clear aligners to straighten teeth. The equally-discreet retainers are customised for a comfortable fit and are stronger (and less likely to break) compared to other clear retainers. Vivera retainers protect the teeth from going back into their old position, pre-orthodontic treatment.