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What are Invisalign clear aligners?
Invisalign is an orthodontic system for straightening teeth. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners which are nearly invisible worn over your teeth. Comfortable and removable, the aligners gently move teeth to their desired position.
How do they differ from regular braces?
Invisalign aligners are removable, so unlike regular braces, they pose no problem when eating or drinking. Being nearly invisible, they are far more discreet than regular braces. The aligners are comfortable and use a very light force, so don’t hurt like traditional braces. Aligners are removed for brushing and flossing, so maintaining oral hygiene is much easier. With traditional braces, cleaning takes longer and flossing is very difficult. Most importantly, Invisalign only moves the teeth that you want to move, unlike traditional braces that move every tooth to which they are attached.
Who is a candidate for Invisalign?
Founded in the USA in 1999, Invisalign aligners have been available in South Africa for three years. With a track record of over 3 million successful cases worldwide, Invisalign aligners can be recommended to any person who wishes to treat malocclusions. As with any orthodontic system there are certain limitations, but in the hands of a professional like OptiSmile, these can most often be solved.
Are they expensive compared to regular braces?
In terms of cost, there are three scenarios. A minor adjustment, taking 3-4 months of treatment, would cost less than braces. A more complex treatment, requiring approximately six months of treatment, would result in a cost similar to traditional braces, inclusive of lab costs. Longer and more complex cases would cost more than traditional braces, but these are fitted for two years, whereas Invisalign aligners usually are fitted for 12 months.
What sort of results can one expect from wearing them?
The best part about using Invisalign aligners is that patients can view a before and after projection of whatever teeth will look like once treatment is complete and partake in the planning process through Invisalign Clincheck, approving the desired outcome before their aligners are ordered.
So in a nutshell, results are amazing and outstanding.
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