Invisalign is a teeth straightening system that allows you to completely transform your smile comfortably with removeable aligners that are virtually invisible. Much quicker and more discreet than traditional braces, Invisalign is a great choice for straightening your teeth as an adult.
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Invisalign treatment is a method of straightening your teeth using clear aligners to move your teeth in a discreet and comfortable manner. Clear aligners are orthodontic devices that are a transparent, plastic form of dental braces used to adjust teeth. Invisalign clear aligners straighten teeth more predictably and comfortably than other aligners and braces. Invisalign clear aligners fit into your life — they don’t interrupt it. And at every stage, you’ll be able to see your progress and enjoy your smile as it transforms.
Treatment lengths vary, depending on how much movement your teeth require. Most treatments are completed in under 12 months, with many clients wearing their aligners for only 6 months. However, for some people treatment could take 18 months or longer. After your treatment is completed it is important that you also keep your teeth in place, as teeth can move or relapse at any stage in your life. Therefore you will be provided with retainers which you must wear post-treatment.
During your Invisalign treatment you must wear your aligners at least 20 hours per day. This means you should only take them out to eat. If you are not compliant, then your treatment may take longer than planned.
As part of the cost, whitening treatment (if desired) will be provided at the end of your treatment, as well as three sets of retainers. Once aligned, your teeth will require life-long retention, so you must continue to wear your retainers at night. Even though your teeth will be straight after treatment, you may still require further composite edge bonding to achieve the perfect smile, which will be at an addition cost. However, should this be required, we will discuss this with you at your very first consultation or assessment appointment.
When we bring you in for your first invisalign fit appointment, we will check the fit of your first aligners and ensure that you are able to get the aligners in and out yourself. They will feel quite tight at first, but after a week or two they will be very easy to pop in and out without effort.
At your second appointment, we will need to put some small dots of tooth coloured material on some of your teeth. These act as anchors to help your teeth move during your treatment. They are matched to the same shade as your teeth, so they are hardly visible. In most cases, we also need to create some space between the teeth so that we can reduce crowding of the teeth when we align them. This means that we usually have to remove a very small amount of enamel between the teeth. This is called IPR - interproximal reduction. This is achieved by rubbing a metal strip against the tooth to rub away very small amounts of enamel, usually around 0.2mm to 0.4mm of enamel. When we have finished all our additions and reductions, we will check the fit of your next set of aligners and ensure that you can put them in and take them out. We will also give you a few more sets of aligners so that you are able to continue your treatment at home without regular appointments.
Should you have any problems or questions you can always come in for a review appointment.
After your first or second appointment, you may find that you get some ulcers in your mouth over the next few days. This is just because the aligners are new, and this will settle down very quickly. If you do have any ulcers, ensure you are rinsing your mouth with warm salt water and avoiding any foods that are too spicy or acidic.
YES! Once you straighten your teeth, they require life-long retention. This goes for all methods of teeth straightening, which is why so many people who had braces as a child now have crowded teeth again. For the first 6 months after Invisalign treatment, we recommend wearing your retainers for at least 20 hours a day, just like you did with your aligners. After those first 6 months, you can go to wearing your retainers at night only, but you must wear them every night for another 6 months. From 12 months after treatment, you can go to wearing your retainers only 3 or 4 nights per week, however you have to keep wearing your retainers for 3 to 4 nights per week for the rest of your life. Should you stop wearing your retainers, your teeth could relapse at any stage and become misaligned again.
If you are interested in straightening your teeth, we will book you in for an Invisalign Assessment appointment. During your appointment, we will assess your teeth and the misalignment present, and we will take photographs, x-rays and impressions of your teeth. This information will be analysed, from which we will create a personalised treatment plan, including how long we estimate your treatment will take and how much the total treatment will cost. An Invisalign Assessment appointment costs £ 399, however should you decide to go ahead with treatment, the cost of the assessment appointment will be deducted from the total treatment cost.