What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is a virtually invisible brace that straightens teeth using a series of clear, removable aligners. Over 5 million people worldwide now have Invisalign to thank for their confident smiles.
Invisalign was launched to the public back in 1999, and by 2001 the company had manufactured more than one million aligners. Patients and dentists alike were delighted to have a discreet and convenient alternative to traditional braces, and unsurprisingly Invisalign has gone from strength-to-strength.
Today Invisalign is available in more than 90 countries and capable of treating a wide range of different orthodontic problems.
What are the benefits of Invisalign®?
Invisalign’s popularity isn’t hard to understand once you take a look at its impressive benefits:
1. Thanks to its clear aligners it’s very discreet
2. Unlike traditional braces there are no metal wires or brackets
3. Invisalign aligners are custom-made using CAD/CAM technology
4. You can remove your aligners to eat and drink
5. It’s easy to brush and floss throughout your treatment
How does Invisalign® work?
Invisalign aligners move teeth using gentle forces. Each aligner is slightly different, guiding your teeth through a series of positions, until you reach your end goal – a fabulous, straight smile.
You’ll need to wear each set of aligners for two weeks, for between 20 and 22 hours a day. The average length of treatment is between nine and 18 months, although simple cases can be finished in as little as four months
1. Say hello
During your free consultation you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your treatment with an expert and ask all your questions. We’ll let you know how much your treatment will cost and we’ll also discuss our interest-finance options with you.
2. Let’s get started
We’ll start by taking impressions of your teeth, which will be used to plan your treatment using Invisalign’s innovative ClinCheck software.
3. Your digital journey
Your ClinCheck will show you how your teeth should move during your Invisalign treatment – as well as your all-important end result.
4. The big day
At your next appointment we’ll fit your first set of aligners and show you how to insert and remove them. In some cases, we may need to attach small tooth-coloured buttons to your teeth to help with certain movements.
5. Keep in touch
We’ll see you approximately every two months to check your progress and give you your new sets of aligners. If you have any questions in between we’re always available by telephone or email.
When you reach the end of your treatment we’ll provide you with fixed and/or removable retainers, which will help you to maintain your fantastic results for years to come.
Is Invisalign® right for you?
Here are some of the common problems (malocclusions) that Invisalign can treat:
Crowding – teeth that are crooked and overlap
Spacing – teeth that are widely spaced
Overbite – front teeth that overlap the bottom teeth excessively
Underbite – bottom teeth that overlap the top teeth
Open bite – teeth that don’t bite together
Crossbite – upper teeth that bite inside the lower teeth
Types of Invisalign®
One Invisalign does not fit all, and there are now four different types to choose from:
The original Invisalign brace is ideal for treating moderate to complex cases including overbites and severe crowding.
Invisalign Express has been specially designed to treat very simple cases such as mild crowding and orthodontic relapse.
Invisalign Lite is perfect for treating straightforward problems like spacing and moderate crowding.
Invisalign Teen has special features such as wear indicators, making it a great brace for younger patients.
After your Invisalign treatment has finished, you’ll need to wear retainers to keep your teeth straight. These can be fixed and/or removable.
To find out more about Invisalign and to see how discreet it is for yourself, book your free no-obligation consultation*.