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At Elgin Corners Dental in Surrey, we offer Invisalign® which is a series of clear, removable aligners that straighten your teeth just like braces do.
The Invisalign Difference
Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces for long periods of time can be very discouraging when it comes to getting orthodontic treatment. Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth fast and contains no metal.
Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays, which are changed every several weeks to fit the new tooth configuration.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign® differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are made of clear, BPA-free plastic, and are fully removable. While this means that more discipline and commitment is required from the patient, this is usually not a problem because the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible.
What does Invisalign® treatment involve?
First, your dentist will devise an initial treatment plan, and 3D digital images will be taken of the entire jaw. These show how Invisalign® trays will change the positions of the teeth and facial aesthetics throughout treatment.
Once planning is complete, a unique set of aligners is made. The total amount of aligners required varies with each individual case, but 20-29 sets per arch is typical.
What are some considerations when wearing Invisalign® trays?
Invisalign® aligning trays should be worn constantly, except when eating and drinking. It is important to remove the trays when consuming food or drink because food can become trapped between the tray and the teeth, causing tooth decay.
Usually, new trays are necessary every two weeks, and progress between appointments can be seen with the naked eye.