Initial consultation – the first step
At your initial consultation, our Invisalign doctors will discuss the benefits and consideration of Invisalign teeth straightening. In addition, we will check if Invisalign could be an option for you.
If your teeth are suitable for this adult-friendly treatment, we record impressions, photos and other information. Special 3D technology is then used to create a personalised plan. This shows how your teeth will move and also how they will look after treatment. It’s incredible to see a 3D image of your teeth in their final positions before deciding to go ahead with treatment.
Clear aligners phase
After your initial consultation, your Invisalign dentist at the Gentle Touch will organise a custom-made series of clear, lightweight aligners for you. These are tailored specifically to you and your teeth.
You will wear your first Invisalign clear aligner for two weeks at the start of treatment. Thereafter, different aligners will be provided for each week until the carefully controlled force shifts your teeth to a better position. You may initially feel very minor discomfort when a new aligner is fitted but this is usually just a feeling of pressure and a good indicator that the treatment is working.
Treatment times will vary depending on your individual issue, but most cases are completed in 6-9 months. As the aligners only work while you are wearing them, we recommend they be kept in place for 20-22 hours per day.
The Gentle Touch practice also includes the cost of teeth whitening in all Invisalign plans. We will do this during the last few weeks of treatment. This way, the final result will be beautifully straight and white teeth.
Following treatment, as with all orthodontic methods, you will need to wear a nighttime retainer for 6 months. This will stop your teeth from moving back to their original position.