What is Invisalign GO?
Invisalign GO is an alternative option to wire braces for straightening mild misalignment of the
teeth. It utilizes a series of clear aligners to adjust teeth position.
What is the difference between regular Invisalign and Invisalign GO?
Invisalign GO is used to treat mild to moderate malocclusions involving the front teeth back to
the premolars. For more severe malocclusions, we recommend seeing a specialist orthodontist.
What type of malocclusions can be treated with Invisalign GO?
- Mild spacing
- Mild crowding
- Deep bite
- Open bite
- Anterior crossbite
- Arch expansion
- Tooth prominence
- Midline shift
Why should I treat malocclusions?
Many people think straightening the teeth is only cosmetic. However, straightening teeth can
have many other benefits. Misalignment of teeth can often result in inefficient chewing,
premature wearing and chipping of teeth and difficulty cleaning, especially with tightly
overlapping teeth. Realigning the teeth allows the teeth to function the way they were designed
to and help to improve the overall dental health.
What is the process involved?
You would first be seen for a consultation to assess whether Invisalign GO is the right option for
you. This step would include taking a series of photos and assessing the degree of
malocclusion. We would also assess if you are dentally fit and healthy to proceed with the
treatment (if there are cavities or gum disease, we highly recommend addressing these prior to
starting any orthodontic treatment).
Then we would take a digital scan of your mouth used to generate a proposal that shows what
can be achieved and how many aligners would be required.
Once you are happy with the proposal, the treatment can begin. In most cases, you will need to
have some attachments and interproximal reductions (IPR). Attachments are small, very specific
shaped white composite buttons that get attached to your teeth and help the aligners grip and
move the teeth. The process of IPR involves opening up tight contact areas to allow teeth to
slide past each other. The reduction amounts are normally as small as 0.1-0.5mm.
How long does the whole process take?
This will depend on several factors as every individual is different but can generally range from
How long do I need to wear the aligners for during the day?
The aligners need to be worn approximately 20-22 hours a day (they are only removed when
you are brushing/flossing or eating).
What is a retainer and do I need one?
When any form of orthodontic treatment is complete, there is a tendency for the teeth to partially
relapse over time. Retainers are devices that are used to prevent this happening and hold your
teeth in the ideal positions. We provide retainers to all patients following completion of the
Invisalign GO therapy.