How Does Invisalign Straighten Your Smile?

It’s no wonder that more and more people are looking into effective ways to straighten their teeth and improve their smile – enhancing your appearance can have an enormous positive impact on your overall self-confidence. Straightening misaligned teeth can even improve the functionality of your teeth and help you eat and chew more easily.

At Shell Cove Dental, we regularly see patients who are looking to straighten their smile, and most of these patients are interested to learn more about Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign has been the talk of the town for many years because of the many benefits it provides in comparison to traditional orthodontics.

Invisalign is popular for patients who have minor to moderate alignment issues including crooked teeth, protruding teeth, wide gaps, spacing, crowding, an open bite or a crossbite.

Some of the key reasons that people choose Invisalign treatment include:

  • It’s a safe and proven method for straightening your teeth
  • You can boost your self confidence and enhance your smile with Invisalign
  • Invisalign is a simple solution to misaligned teeth
  • You can barely notice Invisalign being worn and it’s often considered an ‘invisible’ treatment
  • It can all be organised at your local dentist
  • It’s the solution to beautiful, straight teeth without discomfort.

Invisalign can often sound too good to be true! But it is a well-known and trusted cosmetic treatment. In fact, it is so popular that you probably already know someone who has had Invisalign before. You just might not be aware of it because the treatment is almost invisible.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment works by using clear sets of aligners to straighten your teeth over time. The customised aligners are worn overnight and throughout the day to gently bring your teeth into their ideal alignment. Your dentist will give you new sets of aligners on a regular basis to switch over to, and this will continually readjust your smile towards its desired position.

Traditional braces can often require repeated appointments so your dentist can tighten wires, whereas with Invisalign, you can simply switch to the next set of aligners which are created in advance by your dentist.

Invisalign can be used by both teenagers and adults, and can sometimes be done in conjunction with other cosmetic or orthodontic treatments. However, you will need to talk to your dentist to see if it’s the most suitable treatment for you and your individual circumstances. All treatments carry risk, and it’s essential that you have an open conversation with your dentist to understand any limitations.

How can you get started with Invisalign?

If you believe Invisalign may be an appropriate treatment for you to improve your smile, you can contact our friendly dentist at Shell Cove Dental.

To get started, our dentist at Shell Cove Dental will likely want to set up an initial consultation with you. During this appointment, they will examine your mouth and ask a few questions to determine if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign. There will also be ample opportunity for you to express what you are hoping to achieve. This initial consultation is a great chance to ask any questions you may have, and learn more about costs, timeframes, and treatment processes.

If you and your dentist are ready to proceed with the treatment, your dentist will then need to obtain some imaging of your mouth. X-rays may be necessary so your dentist can have your customised clear aligners developed. There may be a small wait time before your aligners are ready to be worn, and your dentist will inform you when they are ready for collection.

Once you have your clear aligners, you will be instructed on how and when to wear them. Don’t worry – it’s easy – and you’ll soon become so familiar with the aligners that you’ll forget you’re wearing them.

At Shell Cove Dental, we build strong and trustworthy relationships with our patients, which means we will always be available to support you and answer any questions you may have. We will organise check-up appointments to ensure your treatment is progressing well and you are comfortable with your clear aligners.