By using a series of clear removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth right before your eyes. Change them about every two weeks, and your teeth will move-little by little, week by week-until they have moved to the final position your orthodontist or dentist has prescribed. These aligners can be removed so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss as usual.
A typical Invisalign case takes about a year from start to finish. You'll see your doctor every month or two to see how you're progressing. Every few visits, you'll be given additional aligners to continue your treatment. Commonly, the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but treatment time and the number of aligners will vary from case to case.
Invisalign is a virtually invisible solution. So you won't draw undue attention to your mouth while in treatment. In fact, virtually no one will know you're wearing them unless you tell. The aligners can be removed for eating or cleaning your teeth
Invisalign can be used to treat the vast majority of common problems for adults and teens. Whether your smile needs minor improvements or more extensive adjustments, Invisalign can certainly help. It's successful in treating overly crowded or widely spaced teeth. It can also relieve more complex issues, including overbites, underbites and even crossbites. An Invisalign Certified Orthodontist or Dentist can discuss if they can be part of your treatment plan.
Dr. Hisham Badawi maintains a busy private practice in Calgary and is actively involved in orthodontic biomechanics research at the University of Alberta, where he holds a part-time faculty position...