How Invisalign Works | Braces Treatment Tauranga | Dan Smethurst Orthodontist

Your secret to a beautiful smile is Invisalign

We know many of our patients worry about the look of traditional braces and the impact it will have on their lifestyle. At Dan Smethurst Orthodontist, we are a leader in Invisalign treatment – the technology that enables you to achieve straighter teeth discreetly!

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic method that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth without the need for metal braces. These aligners are custom-made to your teeth using clear, medical-grade plastic and are designed to offer flexibility that fits your lifestyle.


How does Invisalign work?

At the start of Invisalign treatment, your orthodontist uses specialised computer software to design a plan for moving your teeth from their current positions into the best possible alignment. With your treatment broken into a number of stages, your orthodontist will have you wear a different set of plastic aligners every few weeks to accomplish gradual movement. 

Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks, and you will remove them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move, little by little, until they have straightened to the final position we have prescribed. 


Types of Invisalign

There are four different types of Invisalign available and at Dan Smethurst Orthodontist we can recommend the best type for you:

  • Invisalign Comprehensive – this is the full Invisalign treatment which is ideal for major orthodontic cases. Treatment time takes an average of 15 to 24 months.
  • Invisalign Lite – this version corrects cases affecting the front six teeth and achieves results in as little as six months. Read more about Invisalign Lite.
  • Invisalign Express – this is another fast treatment option designed to correct issues affecting the front six teeth. Results can be achieved in as little as three months.
  • Invisalign First – this is the version of Invisalign aligners designed specifically for children who present with early orthodontic issues.
  • Invisalign is also suitable for teenage patients, with the aligners adapting to a teenager’s growing molars. The virtually invisible aligners also mean teen patients don’t need to feel self-conscious about having orthodontic treatment. Learn more about Invisalign for teens.


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Benefits of Invisalign

Once we have introduced Invisalign to many of our patients, it is an easy choice for them to make. Invisalign offers so many benefits, including:

  • Discreet: the virtually invisible aligners blend in with the colour of your teeth, meaning many people won’t even know you’re having treatment.
  • Effective: Invisalign aligners achieve the same results, if not better, then traditional metal braces, so there are no disadvantages to wearing them.
  • Convenient: being able to remove the aligners makes it easy to continue your lifestyle. Simply take them out at meal times or when speaking in public.
  • Hygienic: because the aligners are removable, you can brush and floss without any metal appliances getting in the way. 


Visit your local Invisalign expert

Dan Smethurst Orthodontist is a top Invisalign provider in Tauranga offering treatment to children and adults. A consultation with our treatment specialists can determine if Invisalign is a good option for you.

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