Responding to patient queries about this popular orthodontic system.
Most people probably still think of dental braces as being of the metal ‘train track’ variety that used to be so common many years ago. Whilst these are still available, as are similar systems using tooth coloured plastic for more discreet wearing, there are also entirely new systems such as Invisalign, that replace the old-style braces with transparent plastic trays.
Understandably, many patients of the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton, are sometimes a little confused about how this system works and may also have other questions surrounding the treatment. Below we take a look at and answer some of the more commonly asked questions which we hope you will find useful.
Do I need a consultation?
This might seem obvious, but we have seen similar products offered online without the need to see a dentist. We will cover the concerns we see with this in a future blog. Needless to say though, you should always have a consultation before embarking on this type of treatment to help ensure a successful outcome. Failure to do so could well lead to potentially serious problems going forwards.
How long will I have to wear the trays for?
This is impossible to say until we have examined your teeth. Usually, for people requiring the type of orthodontic correction that Invisalign is commonly used for, it would be a year and possibly a little more. However there are some cases of smaller corrections requiring less treatment time.
What do they feel and look like?
As far as appearance is concerned, one of the major benefits of Invisalign is that the trays are virtually invisible when they are being worn. If someone takes a look close up, they may be able to see them, but in normal circumstances they are very discreet. They are likely to feel a little strange at first, and you may initially have a few speech difficulties or salivate more than usual as your body tries to rid itself of this new foreign object in your mouth. This usually lasts a very short time though and the vast majority of our Surbiton patients that have had this treatment, have told us how comfortable they felt once they had become used to their new braces.
I had braces as a teenager. Can I still have the Invisalign system?
The simple answer is yes. Many teenagers failed to wear the retainers necessary to prevent their teeth returning to their former crooked state and there is absolutely no reason why you can’t use Invisalign to correct this at a later date if it proves to be a suitable solution for your circumstances.
Are they expensive?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer this treatment as part of our NHS services. The actual cost will depend on what needs to be done to reposition your teeth and you will be given a fixed cost for the treatment once we have assessed you. Although it will not be as cheap as NHS dental braces, we do offer a selection of no and low interest finance plans to help you to spread the cost over a period of time.
Will I still need retainers?
It is quite likely that you will, in order to prevent the teeth from drifting back to their former positions. This is not inevitable though and we will advise you about this during your treatment period.
If these answers haven’t answered your own question, we are always happy to discuss Invisalign, or any other treatment with our patients. You can arrange a consultation to have a free assessment by calling the Confidental Clinic on 020 8399 1291. Your journey to a new straighter smile may be just around the corner!