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How Does Invisalign Work?

23 August 2019

You may have heard of Invisalign in the past. Perhaps you know that it straightens teeth and that it's invisible, but you're just not sure how it works.

Then this is the post for you!

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a set of clear removable aligners that can straighten teeth and improve your smile without using traditional braces. The aligners add slight pressure to your teeth to move them into the ideal alignment.

Aligners are very comfortable and almost invisible. Invisalign use  "attachments" as pressure points to move teeth.

These attachments are tooth coloured and are not very noticeable. You can remove the aligners to eat/drink and for oral hygiene purposes. 

How long does Invisalign take to work?

Invisalign is effective from the very first aligner. It takes 6-9 months on average to complete the treatment, but everyone has their own treatment plan.

Your orthodontist can tell you how long it will take at the Clincheck appointment.

The patient must wear the aligner for 22 hours a day for it to be effective. Dr. Paul O'Connell

Is it sore?

Is Invisalign Sore?

Invisalign is not sore. It is a snug clear aligner that sits well over the teeth. It has slight pressure points to move teeth but should not be painful.

Some people may experience some temporary discomfort for the first few days at the beginning of an aligner but this will fade after a few days.

How do I get started with Invisalign?

Once you have had a consultation with one of our orthodontists and are deemed suitable for Invisalign; the first step is to have a digital scan or impression taken of your teeth.

This scan/impression will be sent to Invisalign where they will create a 3D model of your teeth. Here, they will create a digital treatment plan suited best for you.

Once this is done, you will be able to see a 3D video (Clincheck) of your treatment and view the result.

You can discuss any concerns and ask questions about your treatment plan.

Once the patient and orthodontist are happy the aligners are manufactured.

Can anyone get Invisalign?

Not everyone is eligible to receive Invisalign treatment. There are many factors that can affect this.

The best way to find out if you can avail of Invisalign is to book in for a free consultation with one of our very experienced orthodontists.

What is the difference between Invisalign and traditional comprehensive braces?

evelyn invisalign before
evelyn invisalign after

The main aspect that patients appeal to Invisalign is that they are clear and removable. This is favourable for patients who are looking for a discreet way to straighten their teeth.

Patients who struggle with oral hygiene can still straighten their teeth while focusing on brushing and flossing. The 3D video also motivates patients as they have an idea of the end result before they begin.

The result of Invisalign also depends on how compliant the patient will be in wearing the aligners. 

Comprehensive braces are noticeable whether they are clear or metal. However, braces are more effective in correcting severely overcrowded teeth and crossbites.

The orthodontist controls the movement to teeth in braces.

For more information on the types of orthodontic treatments we offer at 3Dental, check out the following:

The price for Invisalign and comprehensive moderate braces are both €3,500. 

For a full breakdown of the cost and payment plans associated with Invisalign, check out our earlier post:

Conclusion

Invisalign is hugely successful at straightening our patient's teeth. The main advantage being that is invisible - which our patients love.

If you feel like you would benefit from our orthodontic treatment, or just want to find out more about it, get in touch today, to book in for a free consultation. We have clinics in both Dublin and Limerick.

Also, don't forget to check out our Smile Gallery and our Testimonials pages!

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