Would you like straight teeth but don’t want to wear braces to get them? Well, at Northside Orthodontics that’s not a problem. We can straighten your teeth without needing to fill your mouth with metal. Instead, we use a virtually invisible treatment method known as Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment uses virtually invisible, clear plastic aligners to move your teeth into position. These aligners look like thin sports mouthguards and are placed over your top and bottom teeth. You can remove them to eat, brush and floss so they don’t interfere with your lifestyle.
Straightening teeth invisibly
Wondering how these aligners can straighten your teeth? At the start of your treatment, we use the iTero Element Scanner to take accurate impressions of your teeth. Using these digital impressions, we create custom-made aligners that fit over your teeth. Every one-two weeks you need to replace the set of aligners you are wearing with a new set. Each set is shaped slightly differently to guide your teeth into position. Over time, the aligners encourage your teeth to gradually move into a straighter position.
Bite well with Invisalign
Invisalign also gives teens needing correction to their jaws the option of invisible treatment. Invisalign Teen with mandibular advancement uses an advanced version of Invisalign's clear plastic aligners to not only straighten teeth but to align a teens jaws. Having correctly aligned jaws is important for successful straightening of teeth, as well as good oral and digestive health. Our specialist orthodontists will look at the alignment of your teens jaw at their initial consultation to determine if treatment for jaw alignment is necessary, prior to, or in conjunction with, teeth straightening treatment.
Types of Invisalign
Invisalign has different levels of treatment available, which makes it a great method for a range of our patients. At Northside Orthodontics, we offer the following types of Invisalign:
Invisalign Full – this version is the equivalent of having traditional metal braces. We use the full method of Invisalign for major orthodontic cases. Treatment time takes between 18 and 24 months.
Invisalign Teen- as the name shows, this type of Invisalign has been designed specifically for our teenage patients. The aligners look exactly like the full Invisalign aligners but have a blue dot on them so teens and parents can track how often the aligners are being worn. For ultimate results, they must be worn for 20-22 hours per day.
Invisalign Child- this type of Invisalign has been designed for children who need orthodontic work in the early stages. The aligners look exactly like the full Invisalign aligners, they allow for the loss and eruption of teeth as they grow and develop. For ultimate results, they must be worn for 20-22 hours per day.
Invisalign Lite to Moderate– not every patient needs major orthodontic work but that doesn’t mean those patients who only need minor corrections can’t have Invisalign. Invisalign Lite to Moderate has been designed to correct mild misalignment of the front six teeth and can get results in as little as six months.
Invisalign Express – if your orthodontic problem really is minor then you could get it fixed within three months using Invisalign Express. This is a popular treatment option for brides to be who want to ensure their teeth look fabulous on their big day. It’s used for correction of the front six teeth only.
Benefits of Invisalign
At Northside Orthodontics, we have embraced the use of Invisalign aligners for the many benefits we believe it brings to our patients:
- Discreet: The aligners are made from clear, medical-grade, plastic which not only makes them safe to wear but virtually invisible. People won’t even notice you’re having treatment.
- Removable: Being able to remove your aligners means eating is easy as is brushing and flossing. You’ve got no excuses not to be able to keep up your oral hygiene routine! After all, healthy teeth are beautiful teeth.
- Convenient: Invisalign aligners can straighten your teeth faster than traditional metal braces and because they’re virtually invisible, as well as removable, you’ll hardly notice you’re having treatment.
- Effective: the results we have been able to achieve using Invisalign aligners are just as good, if not better, then with traditional metal braces. And we’ve been able to achieve them for people of all ages.
Book your free Invisalign consultation to find out how Invisalign could straighten your teeth here at Northside Orthodontics.
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