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Invisalign – The Facts and Benefits of Clear Aligners

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the leading clear teeth straightening aligner. Treatment involves using a transparent casing that is placed over the teeth to straighten them over a period of time, replacing the need for traditional braces. They are made from a thin plastic material and are almost invisible to others. Many people wear Invisalign without anyone noticing due to their transparent and discreet appearance.

The Invisalign aligners are made from durable material and are easy to put in and take out. They are more comfortable than traditional braces as there are no brackets or wires.

The Invisalign Treatment Process

The Invisalign process will start with a consultation to determine the ideal treatment plan for you. Your bespoke aligners will then be made and fitted. The patient will wear their Invisalign set for one to two weeks. They will change the aligner at this point, and the teeth will have moved slightly each time they are changed.

Aligners are only removed for eating, drinking and cleaning. You should continue to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene throughout your Invisalign treatment, including regular brushing and flossing.

A dentist may provide Invisalign attachments. These tiny bits of white filling sit on the teeth, helping the Invisalign move the teeth. A check-up will be scheduled every four to six weeks to ensure progress is on track.


Once the aligner treatment is complete, the patient will have retainers to stop the teeth from moving back. This will be because the bone will be softer after treatment and may move. Several retainers are available, and these include fixed wire retainers, clear removable retainers and Hawley retainers. The retainer is an integral part of your overall Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign treatment is a long-term commitment, but one that is incredibly beneficial, as the process can completely transform a smile and boost confidence.

Invisalign IPR

Invisalign IPR (interproximal reduction) refers to the reshaping of the sides of teeth to enable space for straightening. Your dental specialist might shave a tiny part of enamel from the tooth/teeth to make space. This will not damage your teeth or change their appearance.

Consult a dental specialist, such as Shine Dental Care, to learn more about your Invisalign options.

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