News Insights - December 18, 2019 If you’re determined that 2020 will be the year you sort out your smile, then you may be wondering ‘how does Invisalign work?’. You may want to know whether Invisalign is a suitable treatment option for you, where you can see an Invisalign specialist, and how much it will cost you to get the smile you’ve always wanted. Millions of people have been treated using Invisalign. Many people opt for Invisalign because the aligners are virtually invisible and largely go unnoticed. You can also remove them while eating or drinking, so you don’t have to avoid certain foods. This ability to remove the aligners also makes maintaining your oral hygiene simpler, as you can continue your usual routine. Questions you might have about Invisalign There are many questions people have other than ‘how does Invisalign work?’. Below we’ve compiled some answers to the most common questions we come across. What is Invisalign? Invisalign uses advanced 3D computer imaging technology to create a virtually invisible treatment that will straighten your teeth. Invisalign is a suitable alternative treatment to traditional treatments, such as metal braces, for many patients. How does Invisalign work? We use advanced 3D modelling technology to create a pathway for your teeth to move to their optimal positions. This requires producing a series of aligners that gradually move your teeth to the desired position. Each Invisalign aligner is used for a couple of weeks and then replaced with the next in the series. This gradual process allows us to control the timing of each movement and ensure teeth move in the required order. This is much more efficient that some treatments that apply an even amount of pressure to a whole area. Can I get Invisalign braces from any dentist? No. Only dentists and orthodontists that have undergone special training. There are already over 90,000 worldwide. What is the cost of Invisalign? There are many variables that go in to designing your Invisalign plan. The level of complexity is usually reflected in the price, which can vary between approximately 2,000 and 4,000 euros. Can Invisalign correct the movement of my teeth after my braces have been removed? Many patients, especially those that had braces while young, experience movement after their brace has been removed. This is known as a relapse and can be easily corrected using Invisalign. Can I switch to Invisalign if I’m already being treated? Many patients switch to Invisalign or use a combination of braces. However, your suitability will depend on your personal needs. Consult an Invisalign provider to find out if this is a suitable option for you. Can I use Invisalign if I have a bridge fitted? Bridges can increase the level of resistance to movement of teeth. However, this doesn’t mean Invisalign won’t be suitable, but you will need to visit an Invisalign provider to find out whether it’s suitable for you. Will Invisalign affect my crowns? Crowns don’t usually make any difference to Invisalign treatment. We do use attachments that can be difficult to bond to crowns, but an Invisalign provider will take that into account when designing a treatment plan. Will Invisalign get rid of gaps in teeth? Yes. Gaps between teeth are easily treated with Invisalign. Book an appointment with an Invisalign provider to discover what’s possible for you. Will Invisalign fix my overbite? Most overbites in adults and adolescents can be fixed using Invisalign. Your local provider will be able to confirm whether it’s suitable for you. How long does the Invisalign treatment take? We can’t provide a detailed timescale without seeing you, but as a general rule the time is usually similar to traditional braces. How do I keep the aligners clean? You can brush them using Invisalign Crystals or cleaning tablets and warm water to keep your aligners clean. Is there anything I should avoid eating or drinking? Removable aligners mean you can eat or drink whatever you like. It also means maintaining your oral hygiene is simpler. Do I need to wear the aligners all the time? We recommend only removing your aligners to eat or brush and floss your teeth. Invisalign recommend wear time of 22-hours per day. Will my speech be affected? Most patients don’t notice any difference to their speech, but there is an adjustment period, as there is when anything foreign is placed in the mouth. Is there a minimum age for treatment? Invisalign can be used on the vast majority of patients, regardless of age. You provider will advise you of the suitability or type of treatment best for your circumstances. Will having Invisalign hurt? Some patients describe a feeling of pressure when they switch to a new aligner, but this usually passes within a day or two. Will I have to keep going back often? A quick check-up every 6 to 8 weeks is enough for a provider to make sure everything is progressing as it should be. What does Invisalign look like and what are they made of? Our aligners are made using an extremely strong medical grade thermoplastic material. It was developed specifically for the Invisalign system. The aligners are transparent, which is why so many people don’t even realise your wearing braces. What should I do to get started with Invisalign? As with all types of orthodontics treatment, there are pros and cons. Some people can pick between different ones, while others have a specific need that makes only one type of brace suitable, removing the need to choose. While all types of modern orthodontics treatment have improved in recent years, Invisalign is a clear step forward for most people. It greatly improves the aesthetic aspect of wearing a brace and removes a lot of the inconvenience. The experts at Clearbraces.ie have the training and experience to be able to advise you about the best course of action for you. We have access to the latest Invisalign technology and have been brightening the smiles of Ireland for many years. Give us a call on 1 800 3343 53 and arrange to see one of our experts.