Dentists often refer to Invisalign as invisible braces treatment and with much justification. Invisalign is a system of clear plastic retainers which will shift the position of teeth which are crooked, overcrowded or in some other way in the wrong place, gradually transforming your smile until it is as straight and even as you’ve always wanted it to be. The fact that the retainers are completely transparent means that people won’t even know you’re wearing them, in stark contrast to the old fashioned metal braces which were once the only way to shift teeth. After your initial examination, your orthodontist will use 3D computer imaging to plan exactly how your teeth will be shifted, and this treatment plan will then be used to create a series of bespoke plastic retainers which are custom made for your teeth. Each set simply slips onto the teeth and is then worn for two weeks or so before being replaced by the next set. All the while, your teeth will be slowly and naturally shifted into the correct position. How old is Invisalign technology The specialist company which creates the braces, Align technology Inc., has been around since 1997. How exactly does Invisalign work Invisalign aligners shift the teeth by applying a controlled and appropriate amount of force in the correct place and at the right time. The control of the movement when using Invisalign is much more precise than when utilising traditional braces, since the system controls the amount of movement each aligner will achieve and also the timing of that movement. This means that, as the aligners are replaced at two week intervals, only particular teeth are being shifted, thus ensuring that the original, carefully drawn up plan, is rigidly adhered to. How long will the treatment last The actual length of the treatment is entirely dependent upon the complexity of your problem and the amount of movement that is required, as would be the case with traditional braces. Indeed, in most cases the length of the treatment will be approximately the same as if a traditional brace had been used. Usually, treatment will last between 9 and 18 months, but your dentist will explain exactly how long you will need Invisalign before embarking on the course of treatment. Can Invisalign close gaps between teeth If you have a gap between your teeth which is ruining your smile then Invisalign is the ideal solution, since it can easily shift teeth the amount required to close a gap. If you have a gap which you’d like to deal with, then ask your dentist for advice. How often must Invisalign aligners be worn The aligners must be worn at all times when undergoing treatment, although they can be taken off in order to eat, drink and clean and floss your teeth. This flexibility is another way in which they are an improvement on traditional braces. Will Invisalign affect my speech In the case of most patients there is absolutely no affect upon the voice, although, as with any object being put in the mouth, there will be a short period of time during which you have to get used to speaking with the aligner in place. What’s the best way of cleaning Invisalign aligners Your dentist will provide you with special Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, and these should be used in conjunction with simply rinsing and brushing your aligners in lukewarm water. It’s important to maintain your regular dental hygiene regime when wearing the aligners, brushing your teeth well after every meal and prior to putting the aligner back in place.