Clear Removable Aligners/ Invisalign
Digitally-manufactured clear removable aligners are becoming an increasingly popular teeth-straightening system because they are almost invisible and can be taken out by the patient.
There are many versions on the market but the most common and the one with the longest track record is Invisalign.
These aligners are made of clear colourless soft plastic and they fit over teeth like a gum shield. There are no wires involved.
Teeth are scanned using a digital scanner, and the scan is sent to Invisalign’s laboratories. There, the movement of teeth toward their aligned positions is digitally (or virtually) formulated. Then the full movement is broken down into smaller stages.
The virtual treatment plan is checked, modified and finally approved by our specialist orthodontists at Elite Orthodontics. A sequence of Invisalign aligners is then created to match these smaller stages.
These aligners designed to be worn in stepwise sequence; and each aligner moves the teeth by a small amount in the desired directions. You will need to wear the aligners most of the time and only take them out to brush your teeth or eat.
Learn more about the patient journey here.
You will need to wear the Invisalign most of the time and only take it out to brush your teeth or eat.
This is one option for teeth straightening but if more complex movements or bite corrections are needed then you may be advised alternative options.
Further information about Invisalign
Clear aligners such as Invisalign look like small lightweight gum-shields that are made of a colourless thin plastic material.
Previously, they were made from impressions of the teeth; but here at Elite Orthodontics, we use the latest scanning technology to record the teeth.
The scans are transmitted to Invisalign’s North American labs, and they use the scans to create a virtual treatment plan for correct movement of teeth into an ideal arrangement.
Once the treatment plan is checked and approved by our orthodontists, a series of aligners are manufactured and sent over to us.
These aligners are worn almost full time over the treatment period, each one bringing about a minor change to the bite until gradually the treatment goal is achieved.
Discreet wire-free invisible treatment for all ages with the freedom to take out the aligners
There are no wires involved and the aligners are completely removable.
The great thing about this type of brace is that it is almost invisible, meaning it is the perfect option for working professionals and adults who might want to be more discreet about their orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is also a great choice for people who have previously had orthodontic treatment with fixed braces, but their teeth have moved again.
Invisalign is not just for adults. Many of our Invisalign patients are children or teenagers, and in appropriate cases our specialist orthodontists at Elite Orthodontics offer the option of clear aligners to younger patients.
There are other benefits too: you can remove Invisalign for eating and for flossing or brushing your teeth, and of course occasionally for a couple of hours for important social occasions!
Many of our patients who use Invisalign have commented that their friends and colleagues have not noticed that they are wearing orthodontic appliances, so you could complete a whole course of orthodontic treatment imperceptibly.
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