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How Does Invisalign Work?
7 May 2018

Invisalign is a great innovative service, helping people correct crooked teeth without the bulky appearance of braces. This treatment doesn’t suit every dental condition, but to those it does suit it offers a comfortable way to fix overcrowding and the misalignment of teeth.

We thought we’d answer some common questions we’ve had about the Invisalign process, to help you understand the entire process a little better.

How long does the process take?

The Invisalign process takes about 12 months to complete, but it depends on the severity of your case. It may take longer, but that’s something that should be talked about with your dentist.

What is Invisalign?

Basically, Invisalign are invisible aligners. They’re made up of thermoplastic materials, and they look quite similar to teeth-whitening trays. These aligners are custom-made for your mouth, to move your teeth in a sequence – it’s a similar process to braces. To move your teeth, you’ll be given a custom set of aligners, and once you’ve worn your first set of aligners for the specified amount of time, you’ll then move on to the next set and so on.

How often are aligners supposed to be worn?

To be as effective as possible, you should aim to wear your aligners from 20 to 22 hours a day. Only take them out when eating, brushing and flossing to ensure maximum effect.

Does it hurt?

The aligners can be painful to some wearers, and most will experience some level of discomfort for a few days at the start of each new aligner. This is totally normal – this feeling means that it’s working!

Do I have to stop eating my favourite foods?

The great thing about Invisalign is that you can eat or drink whatever you want during treatment, because it’s best if you remove your aligners to eat and drink. This means no giving up your favourite foods or snacks until treatment is over.

Will they fall out when I’m talking or sleeping?

No! The beauty of Invisalign is that the aligners are designed to fit as snuggly against your teeth as possible. Your aligners should never fall out of your mouth, even when talking.

Invisalign is a great invention, designed to help fix crooked or overcrowded teeth in a comfortable way. If you’d to have a chat about whether your dental needs could be suited to Invisalign, contact our friendly team at Dental on Clarendon. Find out more today.

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