The clear alternative to braces
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position.
Comfortable, clear and removable – Invisalign transforms your smile without disrupting your life. Something that over 3 million people worldwide have already discovered.
What can Invisalign do for you?
Invisalign® treats a range of straightening issues, from minor tooth movements to more complex cases. Whatever the issue, the result is a new, more even smile that you will want everyone to see. To see patient succes stories, visit www.invisalign.co.uk/en/Results/Pages/PatientStories.aspx
Here are some of the issues that can be treated with Invisalign.
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A consultation is necessary so your Invisalign Provider can have a look at your teeth and decide if you are suitable for the treatment. If so, pictures and impressions are taken of your teeth and sent off to Invisalign to confirm the treatment plan. It can take up to 2 weeks for this information to come back but once confirmed, your bespoke, clear aligners will be made.
Patients typically visit their Invisalign Provider every 4 to 6 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned and receive the next set of aligners, but your Invisalign Provider will decide based on your treatment.
For best results, you need to wear your aligners for a minimum of 20 hours a day.
The duration of treatment depends on the complexity of your teeth but treatment generally lasts between 9 and 18 months. During your consultation, your Invisalign Provider can give you more detailed information.
With regards to actual time spent in the dentist chair, Invisalign treatment involves a lot less than traditional braces as no adjustments need to be made to wires/brackets.
Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment when they insert a new aligner. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the aligners are working – moving your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final results. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.
Wearing a retainer after any orthodontic treatment is an important step, because it keeps teeth stable in their new positions. If you want your teeth to remain in their ideal position, it is best to wear a retainer as directed by an Invisalign Provider. In many cases your last aligner will be your temporary retainer, until your retention option is determined. Your Invisalign Provider can advise you on longer term retention options.
Yes you can. Unlike traditional wires and brackets, you can eat whatever you like while in treatment because you remove your aligners to eat and drink. However, it is important that you brush and floss your teeth prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene but leave it at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing.