January 31, 2023

A smile brightens up your face, brings joy to others and is a good way of making new friends. It is said that smiling tightens up your facial skin, making your face more beautiful. The one thing that can cause you not to smile your best is unsightly crooked teeth. It is therefore good news that there is a modern solution to straightening crooked teeth, and this comes in the form of Invisalign.

Invisalign demystified

Invisalign is a modern method of straightening teeth in which a series of custom made aligners made of clear plastic are worn over the teeth. These aligners gradually move your teeth to the desired position. The movement of the teeth is monitored and guided by your dentist during scheduled visits. The good thing about Invisalign is that you will be able to see your computerized treatment plan and the final result even before you begin treatment. The fact that the aligners are clear ensures they are not noticeable, and you can therefore continue with your normal life while on treatment without feeling self-conscious. They are also smooth and comfortable to wear and do not irritate your gums and cheeks.

The process

Once you have identified a doctor that has been trained in Invisalign treatment, you can make an appointment during which you will discuss your case. The dentist can then determine whether or not Invisalign is the best solution for you. If indeed you are a good candidate for the procedure, and there is agreement on the costs and any other issues, the doctor will make your teeth’s impression.

A three dimension digital image is made from this impression. These images will assist your dentist to create a treatment plan for you, and you will have an idea of how long the treatment will last and the expected progress at each stage. The aligners will then be designed for you, and you are required to wear them throughout, except when eating or brushing your teeth. Usually, you may be required to wear a new set of aligners after every two weeks, with monthly visits to the dentist.


You can easily clean your invisalign aligners by brushing them using cleaning tablets or crystals and rinsing them using warm water. To maintain your oral hygiene, it is advisable to brush your teeth after every meal before re-inserting the aligners.

Correctable problems

Invisalign is used to correct a variety of teeth problems including teeth with gaps, an overbite (the top teeth protrude over the bottom teeth), or a reverse case known as an underbite (the bottom teeth bite over the top teeth). Other cases that can be corrected using Invisalign are crossbites, a mouth with crowded teeth or a case in which the top and bottom teeth cannot make contact for a proper bite. Since there is a tendency of teeth to shift back to their original position even after straightening, it is advisable to wear retainers after the treatment is over to maintain the new position of the teeth.