What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the revolutionary treatment which straightens teeth in an ‘invisible’ manner. It is ideal for those who are apprehensive about wearing traditional metal braces. Invisalign provides discrete aligning treatment. Invisalign is similar in discreteness to lingual braces but it has no wires and it also has the advantage of being removable.

What does Invisalign treatment involve?

Invisalign treatment uses a clear set of aligners that are custom made to fit your teeth. These clear aligners are removable and need to be changed every two weeks to move treatment along. Each aligner is custom-made and manufactured for your individual teeth requirements.

As you replace your aligners every two weeks you will notice the gradual alignment of your teeth. Dental software allows dentists to create a 3D virtual treatment plan which will show the course of treatment, enabling you to see the results you will achieve at the end of treatment. You are required to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day in order to achieve most effective results.

What are the advantages of Invisalign treatment?

There are many advantages to Invisalign treatment, including:

  • Invisalign aligners are clear and virtually invisible
  • It provides a discrete way of straightening teeth
  • It is removable so you can take it off when you eat, unlike fixed appliances
  • Invisalign has little effect on your daily routine
  • There are no metal wires or  brackets
  • It will dramatically improve the aesthetics of your smile
  • It offers a quick treatment time

What are the disadvantages?

  • It can be more costly compared to other types of braces
  • Not all dental practices offer this treatment
  • It may not be suitable for everyone
  • After-care may add to costs
  • You will need to visit the dentist every 2 weeks to receive each new aligner

How long does treatment take?

The treatment time will differ for each individual case in terms of severity of crookedness. Invisalign can treat many orthodontic problems, such as overbites, underbites and gapped teeth. You can expect Invisalign treatment to take anywhere from 6-18 months.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of Invisalign depends on various factors such as the dental practice, the expertise of the dentist you choose and the severity of your orthodontic problem. On average, you can expect to pay £3000-£6000 for Invisalign treatment.