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What is Invisalign?

Do you have mild or moderately misaligned teeth? If your answer is yes then there is good news for you that your teeth can be aligned and straightened perfectly with Invisalign treatment.  Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and are custom-made for your teeth. The treatment process is performed by putting clear plastic aligners on your teeth that gradually shift them to the 3D planned aligned position. Eventually, the treatment can get you a beautiful smile as well as an aligned bite.  The aligner trays can be removed easily so that you can maintain your oral health by brushing and flossing and carry on with your normal social activities.  The aligners need to be worn for at least 20 hours a day for the best results.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Though you can come across many teeth straightening options yet Invisalign is the one that is without brackets and archwires. If you opt for this treatment you can enjoy the following benefits.

  • Clear and invisible aligner trays
  • Custom-made that perfectly fit on your teeth
  • More comfortable than metal and ceramic braces
  • Aligner trays are removable so you can maintain oral health
  • Quick process
  • No food restrictions
  • Excellent results in a short period
  • Precise treatment using state of the art digital 3D imaging
  • Cost-effective
  • Restore your beautiful smile

Are you a good fit for Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign works for most people including children, however, there are some exceptions as well.  You can consider yourself the right fit for Invisalign treatment with the following factors.

  • You have moderate or mild misaligned teeth
  • Have gaps between teeth, or overbites, underbites, and crossbites
  • You are a fully grown adult
  • Ready to put an Invisalign aligner on your teeth for at least 20 hours a day
  • Do not have severe oral issues
  • Self-conscious about your smile

However, after a detailed assessment of the teeth and smile, your dentist will advise whether you are suitable for Invisalign treatment or not.

What to expect before and during the Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign treatment is one of the most effective ways of straightening your teeth while the best thing is Invisalign aligners are invisible. So, if you opt for Invisalign treatment then expect the following when visiting your dentist:

  1. A complete assessment of your teeth and smile is done by the dentist. Also, they assess your medical history and eventually, determine which treatments are suitable.
  2. Once you move forward with this treatment, state of the art 3D digital impressions (not the old fashioned sticky material!) of your teeth will be taken to create images and a 3D simulation will be produced to show you the end outcome
  3. Images are sent to laboratories for the preparation of a precise set of aligner trays
  4. When you collect your aligners you may need small tooth coloured attachments bonded to the teeth to aid tooth movements
  5. You will be shown how to insert and remove the aligners and aftercare instructions will be discussed and emailed to you.

You will need to wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day for effective results. It can anywhere between 6 to 18 months to fully align and straighten your teeth depending on the complexity of the tooth movements needed.

What to expect after Invisalign treatment?

Once you have received your set of aligner trays and start wearing them, you will need to follow the advice usually given below:

  • Change your new set of aligner trays from the dentist every 1-2 weeks as advised
  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly when removing aligners
  • Maintain a good diet
  • Visit your dentist regularly to evaluate the progress
  • Comply with the treatment properly and wear aligners regularly for a prescribed period
  • Once aligners have done their job get your retainers to put on the teeth that will keep them in their desired position

Retainers ensure a long-lasting smile and straighten teeth after aligners. Initially, you will have to wear retainers for full time for a short period and then at just nights.  An alternative option is a fixed wire retainer that can be bonded to the back of the teeth to reduce further tooth movements.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Invisalign treatment cost varies from case to case and also depends on the specific Invisalign product selected to achieve your goals. However, the average cost generally is between £1750 to £4500.

Invisalign treatment is one of the modern and comfortable ways of teeth straightening. The clear plastic is virtually invisible so it’s a very discreet way to align the teeth during all these remote video calls!

To see whether Invisalign is suitable for you, please contact our informative team on 02083991291 or email us at surbiton@confidentalclinic.com.

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