What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative solution to your typical braces. You will be issued a set of customized clear aligners for your teeth and they will gradually move them into the desired position. While there are many brands of clear aligners in the market, Invisalign is the most established and would be an ideal choice if your main concern is about physical appearance.
Advantages of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces
Clear & Almost Invisible
Invisalign is nearly invisible and can be worn without detection. If you are conscious with how you look with traditional braces, Invisalign is the answer for you.
Higher Comfort Level
Unlike traditional braces, the Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic that fits comfortably over your teeth, minimising any irritation to your gums or surrounding tissues. Say goodbye to wires poking at your gums!
While traditional braces are permanently fitted to your teeth throughout your entire treatment, Invisalign aligners are removable.
Better Oral Hygiene
With Invisalign, you may brush and floss your teeth as per usual because the aligners are removable.
Types of Dental Issues Treatable with Invisalign
When you don’t have enough room in your jaw for your teeth to fit normally, your teeth can bunch up, overlap and twist, sometimes getting pushed to the front or the back.
When you have extra space between two or more of your teeth, this is an example of spacing issues or gap teeth.
If your upper and lower teeth don’t touch when your mouth is closed, your doctor calls this an open bite.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the benefits of Invisalign over typical braces?
Invisalign are clear and almost invisible aligners that are used to gently align your teeth, providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance as compared to typical braces.
2. Will I need to have my teeth extracted for Invisalign?
Extractions of teeth may be necessary in cases of severe crowding or protrusion of teeth. However, not all patients require extractions.
3. How long will the Invisalign treatment take?
In general, the treatment time ranges from 1 to 3 years. The actual duration is dependent on the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation in attending follow-up visits on a regular basis, maintaining good oral hygiene, and following the dentist’s instructions closely.
4. What if I am still not satisfied with the results after 3 years, is there a cap to the Invisalign treatment duration?
The duration of your Invisalign treatment is capped at five years. However, Invisalign patients have typically never had to undergo treatment for more than three years.
5. Does wearing the Invisalign aligners hurt?
Generally, Invisalign will hurt less than braces. Braces get tightened once every four to six weeks, and this means that more force needs to be applied in a single session to get the teeth to move to the next desired position. In contrast, for Invisalign treatment, you will be required to change to a new set of aligners every week, so the difference in pressure will be lesser.
6. Can I use my Medisave or CHAS for the Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign is unfortunately not Medisave claimable. However, should there be a need for a simple extraction, CHAS subsidies will apply.
• To achieve optimum results, you should wear each aligner for at least 22 hours a day during your treatment. They should only be removed when you are eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth.
• Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling the aligners.
• Handle only one aligner at a time.• Rinse your aligners when removing them from the packaging.
(i) Each aligner has a unique case number - an upper retainer is indicated by a “U”, whereas a lower retainer is indicated by an “L”. Make sure you are using the correct aligner for your upper/lower teeth. The example below shows a lower retainer.
(ii) You may insert either the upper or lower aligner first. When inserting each aligner, gently push the aligners over your front teeth. Following which, apply equal pressure, using your fingertips, to the top of your left and right molars (back teeth) until the aligner snaps into place.
(iii) Do NOT bite your aligners into position as this may damage them. Note: Mild soreness is expected for the first few days after the insertion of a new aligner. However, if you experience a sharp pain or significant discomfort, discontinue use of the aligners and contact our clinic immediately.
(i) On one side of your mouth, use your fingertip on the inside of your back molar to slowly pull the aligner from your molars. Repeat this process on the other side of your mouth before trying to completely remove the aligner.
(ii) Once the aligner is disengaged from the molars on both sides of your mouth, you should be able to slowly work your way forward gently prying the aligner away from your teeth with your fingertips.
Note: After the removal of your aligner, rinse it with water, and shake off excess water. Store your aligners in the protective case provided with your starter kit.
- Avoid unnecessary removal to prevent damage to the aligners
- Take care in removing your aligners, especially if multiple attachments are being used.
- Do not use excessive force to bend/ twist an aligner to remove the aligner
- Do not or use any sharp object to remove the aligner
- If your aligners are extremely difficult to remove, please consult with your treating doctor.
(i) There are 2 aligner cases in your starter kit - a blue and a red (or orange) case. When not in use, please store your aligners in these cases to protect them from loss and damage.
(ii) Designate your blue aligner case for your ‘current stage’. Store the aligner that you are using currently (e.g Stage 1) in this case. When it is time to move on to the next stage (e.g stage 2), transfer the stage 1’s aligner to the red case, and store your stage 2’s aligner in the blue case.
(iii) In the event that your current aligner is lost or broken, your dentist may recommend that you temporarily go back one stage and use the aligners in the red case first while a replacement is being fabricated.
(iv) Keep all of your older aligners in a clean plastic bag, or as instructed by your dentist.
Always clean your aligners prior to insertion with a soft toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste. You may find it easier to clean the outside of your aligners by brushing them while they are still on your teeth, then remove your aligners to clean the inside surfaces.
Note: DO NOT use denture cleansers or mouthwashes on your aligners as these products can damage the surface of the aligners, resulting in discolouration.
• Remove your aligners for eating and drinking. However, you do not need to remove your aligners when drinking cool water.
• Brush and floss your teeth after each meal before re-inserting your aligners. If you are unable to do so immediately, please rinse your mouth, and clean your aligners by holding them under warm running water. However, please be sure to thoroughly clean your aligners at your earliest convenience.
• Regular dental check-ups and cleaning are recommended for the continued health of your teeth and gums.
The aligners should be removed when eating or drinking. With the exception of room-temperature or cold plain water, we recommend that you do not drink while wearing the aligners. Refrain from coffee, tea, curry, and other drinks/foods that can discolour the aligners and the attachments. If the attachments are discoloured, they cannot be replaced until the end of the treatment. In addition, you should also refrain from hot foods and drinks to prevent the warping of retainers.
Refrain from smoking while wearing aligners as they may become discoloured.
To prevent any delay in your treatment, please contact our clinic immediately.