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Invisalign

Invisalign has revolutionised the way we align teeth.

Now, you can straighten your teeth in secret, with this minimally invasive and (as you can probably guess from the title!) practically invisible design.

Invisalign is made from a clear, discreet thermoplastic material, and can be tailor made to suit each individual’s unique treatment plan.

This alternative to conventional braces can be removed during drinking (except water), eating and cleaning your teeth, and has been designed with comfort in mind.

The aligners are typically altered every 1-2 weeks, and work to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. You can expect to see the amazing results within 6-18 months.

We at Art of Dental Care use a sophisticated computer system called a Trios scanner, which uses optical technology (no X-rays involved!) to take a 3D scan of your teeth. This helps when designing a series of clear aligners, which help to mould unruly teeth into a natural shape– giving you the confidence to give the world your best smile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Invisalign uses a series of custom-made clear aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners gradually shift teeth into the desired position over time.

Treatment time varies depending on the complexity of the case. The treatment duration can range from 6 months to sometimes over 18 months, but most patients complete Invisalign treatment in 12-18 months.

While Invisalign treatment can cause some discomfort, it is not typically described as painful. Patients may experience pressure or soreness when they first start wearing a new aligner.

While Invisalign treatment can cause some discomfort, it is not typically described as painful. Patients may experience pressure or soreness when they first start wearing a new aligner.

To ensure that treatment stays on track, Invisalign aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours per day.

Yes, a retainer is typically required after Invisalign treatment to help maintain the new position of the teeth.

ClinCheck is a 3-dimensional virtual representation of a dentist's prescribed treatment plan. This is the stage of treatment from which aligners are manufactured. ClinCheck provides viewing and navigation tools to enable better treatment planning and better clinical decisions.

Yes, wearing retainers after completing Invisalign treatment is an important part of the overall treatment process. Retainers help maintain the results achieved during the active phase of orthodontic treatment and prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original positions. It's important to follow your orthodontist's instructions regarding retainer usage. Initially, you may be advised to wear your retainers full-time, and as time progresses and your teeth stabilise, the duration of wear may be reduced. However, some degree of retainer wear is typically recommended in the long term to ensure the stability of the achieved results.

After Invisalign treatment, your orthodontist will provide you with a set of retainers customised to fit your teeth. There are typically two types of retainers: removable retainers and fixed retainers. 

Remember that teeth have a natural tendency to shift over time, and without proper retention, there is a risk of relapse, where the teeth may gradually move back towards their original positions. Consistent retainer wear helps maintain the alignment achieved through Invisalign treatment and preserves your new smile. It's essential to maintain regular dental check-ups and follow-up visits with your orthodontist to monitor the stability of your results and receive any necessary adjustments or recommendations regarding your retainers.