Does Invisalign work?

Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign is a highly effective teeth straightening treatment.

Clear plastic aligners, such as Invisalign, have revolutionised the field of orthodontics in recent years, offering an affordable, practically invisible method of straightening your teeth. But does Invisalign actually work? Is it an effective teeth straightening treatment? Read on to learn more about Invisalign, including suitable candidates for this treatment and its various benefits.

Who is Invisalign for?

The truth is that nearly everybody has crooked teeth, and, in this sense, Invisalign treatment could potentially benefit anybody.

However, the key factor boils down to a subjective question: is the way that you feel about your smile and your overall oral health impacted by the crookedness of your teeth?

If the answer to this question is ‘yes’, then a teeth straightening treatment can have transformative results for your appearance as well as your general wellness.   

Invisalign treatment is also often recommend to correct otherimperfections in the smile or irregularities in the bite. It can, for example, help to close gaps in the smile, and help to correct underbites and overbites.

There are some cases where Invisalign will not be as effective as more traditional treatments. When teeth are severely crooked, or there are many imperfections in the smile (including missing or chipped teeth), then a combination of traditional braces and dental veneers might be a more effective treatment roadmap.

How does Invisalign straighten teeth?

Invisalign braces are clear plastic aligners that provide the teeth straightening benefits of traditional braces, but without the metallic appearance. They are ahighly effective, low maintenance solution for those looking to straighten their teeth, and are particularly popular amongst teenagers (who tend to feel self-conscious about traditional braces) and working professionals (who appreciate their discreet appearance).

Invisalign works by taking advantage of natural processes that occur in the bones of your face. Your bones contain two kinds of cells — some tasked with breaking down old bone, and others with building new bone. Alignment devices such as Invisalign work by gently encouraging the movement and strengthening of teeth into straightened positions over time.

Clear plastic aligners must be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day, and a typical treatment plan will last from a year to 18 months. Although the straightening effect of Invisalign is gradual and gentle-feeling, it is a highly effective orthodontic treatment, with a 96% satisfaction rateamongst patients across the world.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

In addition to its high patient success rateand practically invisible appearance, Invisalign treatment boasts a number of other key advantages.

  • Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign braces are removable. Although they should only be removed when eating and brushing teeth, the ability to take the aligners out translates to a much more comfortable experience that traditional braces.
    • Invisalign does not enforce any specific dietary restrictions. Normal suggestions for good oral hygiene always apply, but Invisalign does not preclude sticky, chewy or crunchy food in the same way traditional braces might.
    • Invisalign braces also offer clear benefits to oral hygiene. The ability to remove (and sanitise) your aligners while brushing your teeth prevents the build-up of plaque by allowing you to maintain an effective brushing routine.

How can we help?

At City Smiles we believe that anyone looking for a straighter smile may benefit from Invisalign. Our approach to Invisalign treatment is custom-designed for each patient based off digital scans that allow us to structure an entire roadmap for your smile (even showing the expected end results). For additional information about Invisalign treatments, please read more here.

City Smiles operates on the philosophy that if you put in exceptional skills, you can expect exceptional outcomes. Our dental practice uses efficient procedures and advanced technology to ensure that you are receiving the highest standard of care during every visit. If you would like to take advantage of a free initial consultation at City Smiles, please contact us here.

With a full range of dental treatments available for the whole family, not to mention a reputation for being the most affordable dental practice in Melbourne, we strive to ensure all our patients gain the care they need without the added stress of excessive cost. For more information about our extensive range of treatments, please consult our website.