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17 Sep

What You Should Know About Invisalign


If your teeth are not as straight as you would like them to be, you may think that traditional braces are your only option. This is not necessarily the case. You may be able to opt for Invisalign treatment instead.

In certain cases, Invisalign can be used to straighten teeth. It’s a popular choice because it’s less intrusive than wearing braces. So, what is Invisalign, and is it suitable for you?

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a custom-made aligner for the individual. It consists of a clear plastic tray that is placed over the teeth. The tray is designed to fit perfectly to the teeth of the wearer. The fact that the tray is clear means that it’s less intrusive than traditional braces, which are attached to the teeth. The aligner is normally interchanged every two weeks for between 6 and 18 months.

The length of treatment depends on how severe the original issue is. If you choose Invisalign treatment, and it’s suitable for you, the plastic trays should make no noticeable difference to the appearance of your smile during the treatment period.

How are the aligners made?

Normally, the Invisalign process starts when a 3D camera scans your teeth. Once this process is complete, the images are used to create a virtual 3D model of your mouth. Dental professionals then use a computer to determine what your mouth should look like at the end of the process.

A customised aligner is then created which will move the teeth gradually so that they go from their current position to the position that is being aimed for. This process takes place over a period of time, so the teeth are moved slowly, one step at a time.

Invisalign compared to traditional braces

You are probably used to the sight of traditional braces, which are often used to correct a person’s tooth positioning. These braces generally consist of metal posts attached to the teeth and rubber bands attached to the posts, which are tightened to gradually move the teeth over time.

There are obvious disadvantages to these braces. They can be uncomfortable to wear and have an adverse effect on the wearer’s appearance. It can also be difficult to eat and clean your teeth when you are wearing traditional braces. In the case of cleaning, this can be a particular issue as it can have an adverse effect on your normal cleaning routine, which can lead to damage to your teeth.

Comparing Invisalign to these braces shows that there are several differences.

These differences include:

  • Invisalign trays can be removed when teeth need cleaning, or the wearer is eating. This makes it easier for the wearer to continue their normal dental hygiene routine.
  • The trays worn on the teeth are clear, so they are not visible to others. This means that the wearer’s appearance is not affected.
  • The cost of Invisalign is higher than for treatments using traditional braces.
  • The fact that Invisalign is less intrusive than traditional braces makes it a popular method of straightening teeth, even though the treatment is more expensive.

The cost of Invisalign

We have already touched on the fact that Invisalign is more expensive than having treatment, which includes fitting traditional braces. According to the Invisalign website, treatment prices in the UK are usually between £2,500 and £5,500. However, each case is different and many factors can affect the price. These factors include:

  • The overall state of the oral health of the patient.
  • How much work is required to straighten teeth.
  • The geographical location of the dental practice.

The best way to discover the treatment price in your case is to book a consultation. The dental professional will tell you what you can expect to pay based on the amount of treatment that you need.

When Invisalign is not suitable

It’s important to mention that Invisalign is not suitable for everyone. It’s often not suitable for helping to align severely crooked teeth, and it may not help with serious bite issues. Sometimes, using Invisalign on molars with deep tooth roots is a problem.

Another issue that can occur with Invisalign treatment is that the trays are not worn consistently. This happens when people remove the trays to eat or clean their teeth and neglect to put them back in.

Is Invisalign the right choice?

You can see the benefits of Invisalign and its limitations. You need to consider both of these factors before you make a choice about the type of treatment you want. Of course, you also need to speak to a dental professional during your consultation. Doing this gives you the information you need and helps you make an informed decision.

Invisalign treatment at Maida Smiles Dental Clinic

The team at Maida Smiles knows how important it is for patients to have the bright and brilliant smile they are looking for. This is why you can talk to a dental professional about problems with your teeth’s positioning or alignment. There are several different treatment options available, including Invisalign.

During your consultation, you will receive all the advice you need to make informed choices about treatment. You will also be able to ask any questions you have about the Invisalign process. Depending on the outcome of the consultation, you can then undergo the Invisalign treatment you need. Alternatively, you will be advised about what treatment option you should choose.

If you want to start improving your smile, make an appointment to discuss your requirements with us. We will provide you with the expert treatment that you need.