‘Train track’ style braces can now be a thing of the past with clear braces. A popular choice for many patients wanting straighter teeth is Invisalign. This system uses a set of removable aligners that are made of a clear acrylic material and are therefore almost invisible, unlike the brackets and wires used with traditional metal braces. Each new set of aligners will progressively glide the teeth into their correct placement. The flexibility of the aligners provides gentle forces to move the teeth over a period of time.
How long does Invisalign take to work?
Treatment times vary, depending on the complexity of the case, just as it does with traditional braces. However, in many cases, Invisalign takes less time than traditional braces, with an average treatment time of between 6 to 15 months. A dentist, such as at PDC Dental in Barnsley, will be able to give you a better idea of how long your particular treatment will take.
Will Invisalign braces hurt?
Many patients will experience some mild soreness for a few days after each new set of aligners. This is normal and means your teeth are gradually moving in the desired directions. The soreness will gradually reduce a few days after each new set of aligners are worn. Overall, the discomfort is usually less than with traditional metal braces.
How often must they be worn?
It is recommended that you wear your aligners at all times, except when eating, brushing or flossing. This means keeping them on for around 22 hours a day.
Will Invisalign affect my speech?
Like other braces treatments, Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect your speech, perhaps with a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to the aligners, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.
How are they made?
First, precise impressions are made of your teeth. Using 3D computer imaging technology your custom-made Invisalign aligners are created. What’s more, your complete treatment plan can be visualised, showing how your teeth will move during your treatment.
Each aligner is worn for 2 weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, until the final desired position of your teeth is achieved.