What is Invisalign?

Invisalign in Cornwall is a contemporary and revolutionary alternative to metal braces that is designed to straighten your teeth while remaining discreet. It negates the use of traditional metal wires, and instead comprises clear or invisible sets of braces made from BPA-free plastic that are worn on top of your teeth to function like traditional braces would do. They are primarily used to close any gaps that are present between your teeth, and also for treating overbites, underbites and overcrowded teeth. At Archway Dental Surgery, we believe Invisalign in Cornwall could be a suitable option for you if you are a parent exploring different dental treatments for your child or if you are someone who has delayed getting your teeth straightened, but now wants to align them without having to wear unsightly metal wires.


What are the benefits of Invisalign?

There are many benefits to having Invisalign fitted over traditional braces which is why there has been such a dramatic increase in the number of people opting for them; the most obvious benefit being that Invisalign aligners are transparent, so they are much less noticeable than traditional braces. Another benefit of Invisalign is that they provide a more precise alignment of your teeth as they are regularly changed to suit the movements your teeth are making. They are also much more comfortable to wear than traditional braces as they do not irritate your gums or your teeth, especially when they are being fitted on. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign is removable, so it is easier to brush, clean and floss your teeth, therefore allowing you to uphold better oral hygiene. Invisalign is also a preferred alternative to braces as the treatment time is usually much shorter than that of metal braces and Invisalign does not require frequent wire change or adjustments.

How does the process of getting Invisalign work?

When choosing to get your teeth straightened, an initial consultation with our dentist will confirm whether Invisalign in Cornwall is the correct treatment for you. If our dentist believes you can benefit from the treatment, they will carry out a series of X-rays, physical examinations, and a 3D model of your teeth in order to generate a tailor-made treatment plan for you. The treatment plan will include how our dentist expects your teeth to shift and how long the process will take to complete. The X-rays, photos and 3D model of your teeth will then be sent over to a laboratory where the customised Invisalign braces are created. A customised set of aligners will be sent back to our dentist which you will be expected to wear and change into the next aligner as time goes on and your teeth begin to move into their appropriate positions.

How do Invisalign aligners work?

Once your Invisalign aligners are created, our dentist checks that they fit appropriately and will make any minor adjustments if necessary. It is important to note, that in order to achieve the best results, you will need to wear your aligners all day every day except for when you eat, floss or brush your teeth. To begin with, they will feel tight around your teeth and you may experience mild discomfort as they are designed to apply pressure to your teeth in order to move them, however after a while you will find they will feel looser as your teeth begin to move to a new position, suggesting it is time to begin using your next set of aligners.