How does Invisalign work?

 “Available here at Victoria Park Dental Specialists in Adelaide, Invisalign produces beautiful smiles by putting enough pressure on your teeth to shift them into position.”

dr helen mclean

The Invisalign treatment is a revolutionary technique for straightening teeth. It doesn’t use brackets or wires, you can eat what you like and the treatment is barely noticeable in comparison to braces.

Invisalign is a great option for adolescents and adults who want a more discreet method of straightening their smile. Thanks to the clear nature of the aligner trays, Invisalign is perfect for people who feel that traditional orthodontics wouldn’t be an option due to their profession, lifestyle or personal preferences.

How does Invisalign work?

Rather than using metal materials, Invisalign is made from thermoplastic materials that are custom made to suit your unique smile. The treatment process uses a series of trays that are slightly different from tray to tray.

Roughly every two weeks you will upgrade to the next tray which is slightly different from the last. As you change aligners, each tray will get to work by exerting a controlled force against your teeth until it is time to upgrade to the next aligner.

How long does Invisalign take?

How long the treatment takes differs from patient to patient. Depending on how severe your case is, your Invisalign treatment may only take 4-6 months or as long as 2-3 years. On average the treatment takes 12 months for adults.

How to clean Invisalign

Invisalign Cleaning System is available for purchase with your Invisalign treatment. Alternatively, you can clean your aligners by brushing them with your toothbrush and rinsing them in lukewarm water. Avoid using boiling water on them as it could cause irreversible damage to the plastic trays.

Make sure you clean your teeth before putting on your Invisalign aligners

To steer clear of decay and cavities, make sure you do your best to clean your teeth before putting your tray back over your teeth. Because the aligners sit against your teeth all the time, bacteria could multiply and eventually cause decay.

Make sure your aligners are clean before putting them on your teeth

It is very important to make sure your aligners are hygienic and clean before putting them back in your mouth. Invisalign offers a cleaning system that uses special Cleaning Crystals to keep your aligners clean, hygienic and clear. The Cleaning Crystals also quickly remove plaque and can help keep your smile healthy and complete.

Invisalign Adelaide

For more information on your Invisalign treatment, book an Invisalign consultation with Dr Helen McLean at Victoria Park Dental Specialists in Adelaide today.