Clear and removable aligners to straighten teeth
If you’re avoiding orthodontic treatment because you are worried about how you will look with braces, Invisalign could offer an excellent solution. This innovative orthodontic system uses a series of clear and removable aligners to gently move your teeth into the correct position. You take them out to eat, drink and care for your teeth, which means no foods are off limits.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic system that uses clear plastic aligners instead of fixed braces. At the start of the treatment, your teeth are scanned and then your treatment plan is designed. You will receive a case of aligners, with each aligner bringing you a little closer to perfect alignment. You wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day and take them out only to eat, drink and brush your teeth. Every 10-14 days, you’ll switch to a new aligner.
This treatment plan is popular with adults and teens alike. The nearly invisible aligners are very difficult to see, which means you don’t have to feel self-conscious about your braces. You can also continue to enjoy your favourite foods since you remove them to eat.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
To be a suitable candidate for Invisalign, you need to have an orthodontic case that aligners can fix. During your initial consultation, we will examine your teeth to determine if Invisalign can help, or if another treatment plan would be more suited to your case. It’s a common misconception that Invisalign is only suitable for simple cases; attachments and wings make it suitable for more complex alignment issues.
For the treatment to be successful, you need to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours per day. If you are forgetful or likely to lose your aligners, this might not be the right choice for you. You should also have good overall health and be committed to caring for your teeth throughout the treatment plan.
What treatment options are available?
We can help you to choose the right Invisalign treatment plan for your needs. We also offer other orthodontic treatments if you aren’t a suitable candidate for Invisalign.
What is so special about invisalign?
Virtually invisible aligners Invisalign makes use of a series of clear plastic aligners made from medical grade plastic. Despite the fact they are see-through, the material is very strong and highly durable. It is also resistant to discolouration and odour making it very hygienic. As the clear aligners sit directly on the surface of your teeth they are hardly visible- meaning that it’s very unlikely anyone will even know they are there! Constantly developing cutting edge technology The patented Invisalign technology is cutting edge. Developed in-house and regularly maintained and updated, the 3D Clincheck software allows us to produce virtual models on-screen simply by taking impressions of your teeth. See the current alignment of your teeth, the way in which they are expected to move- even get a glimpse of how your teeth will look following treatment. With this software, we can produce your full set of aligners in advance. You will need to collect each one in turn- wear it for 2 weeks and then return for the next. Check-ups will be required every few months so we can check on your progress and comfort. As your aligners are produced in advance, these appointments are much quicker, more comfortable and often much more hygienic. Ideal for a range of corrections Invisalign aligners are suitable for use on the top and bottom teeth. They are highly versatile and can be used for a range of mild to more complex corrections. Whether you want to ‘tidy up’ your front teeth or deal with more severe issues including over/under bites, gaps, overcrowding or misalignments then Invisalign really could be the answer you are looking for.
Invisalign – the advantages in summary:
- Highly predictable treatment planned in advance.
- Custom made aligners produced in advance meaning shorter, comfortable, hygienic and less frequent appointments.
- Great if you have a nickel allergy- there are no metal brackets or wires.
- Likewise, they are comfortable as there is nothing to rub on the inside of your mouth.
- The effect on your life is minimal. Aligners are discreet and can be removed to eat and clean your teeth or for special occasions.
- Feel confident enough to smile during and after treatment.
How long does treatment take with invisalign?
Every case is different and could range anywhere from 6 to 24 months. On average, treatment usually takes between 12 and 18 months.
What is involved?
Before any treatment starts, we will check your teeth and mouth thoroughly to ensure Invisalign is right for you. Impressions of your teeth are taken and used with the Clincheck® software to produce your set of aligners. A detailed treatment plan will also be created. Your set of aligners will be sent to the practice ready for collection. Each aligner is worn in turn for 2 weeks and then you move to the next. It’s important to attend regular check-up appointments so that we can ensure your teeth are moving correctly. You should wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day for maximum effect.
What happens after treatment?
As with any tooth straightening treatment, it is highly recommended that you wear a retainer to help stop your teeth from returning to their original positions. Any adult seeking treatment for relapsed orthodontic treatment in childhood will understand how easily teeth can move again over time. As part of your Invisalign package, you will receive a set of 3 retainers. Each one will be made from the same strong plastic as your aligners so they are comfortable, discreet, strong and very hygienic.
Will my invisalign treatment hurt?
On the whole, Invisalign is no more uncomfortable than any other straightening treatment. You may notice an increased tightness or pain when you first insert a new aligner. As there are no metal parts to rub and irritate the inside of your mouth your aligners should in fact be very comfortable. The system moves your teeth slowly and gently meaning that there is less potential for damage to the teeth and/or roots. Standard painkillers should help to relieve any pain. If it doesn’t improve or gets worse please contact us.