Invisalign Braces, Invisible Braces and Clear Braces
Want straight teeth? Don't want people to know that you are having orthodontics or braces? Want invisible braces or clear braces? Invisalign braces are for you!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a comfortable and confidence boosting alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign treatment involves using a series of clear, thin 'gumshield type' braces to gradually straighten teeth over time. The invisible braces move your teeth into the desired position, perfecting your smile.
Your clear braces are custom-made for you after a precise manufacturing process. The aligners are virtually invisible and fit snugly over your teeth. There are no brackets or wires attached to the teeth. Also, they are very convenient as you can to remove them while eating and drinking.
The aligners change every 2 weeks with each one applying a gentle pressure to move teeth to their end position. The number of aligners required varies from case to case, as does the length of treatment.
Your orthodontist or dentist determines the number of clear braces or aligners you need for treatment. In turn, this determines the length of your treatment. Special ClinCheck software plans your treatment and calculates your treatment time. The average course of treatment lasts from 6 to 24 months.
Invisalign Treatment Process
A consultation with our Invisalign Certified Dentist allows you to discover whether the treatment is right for you. The special digital software allows you to preview your end result, even before the treatment starts!
Once you have had an examination, we take x-rays, photographs, and impressions of your teeth. This allows us to construct the aligners.
Once constructed, we will fit your first set of aligners. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of clear braces, which will continue the teeth straightening process. You simply come into the practice at regular intervals to collect your next batch of invisible braces. We will see you at regular intervals to check the teeth straightening process is moving in the right way.
Advantages of Invisalign Braces
Invisalign is a series of trays which you can take on and off. whereas, train track braces fix directly to your teeth. They both achieve the same result. Most importantly, they are clear and almost totally invisible. They’re so subtle, that no one may even notice you’re wearing them.
Also, the ClinCheck software allows you to view your digital virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straightened teeth will look when your treatment is complete. Our patients love this aspect of invisible braces.
Patients love the fact that invisible braces are removable. You take them out when you eat or drink. Therefore, this limits the restrictions put on your diet compared to fixed braces.
Your teeth are easier to maintain compared to fixed braces as you remove the aligners to brush. It is also easier to floss - something you can't do with fixed braces. However, we still advise that you brush your teeth everytime you remove and insert your clear braces!
Disadvantages of Invisalign Braces
There are not many disadvantages, however, fixed braces are far superior for complex tooth movements at the back of your mouth.
How much does Invisalign cost?
Quotes are specific to each case on an individual basis. It all depends on your treatment goals, the difficulty of your case, and subsequently how long you are in treatment. Invisalign costs tend to start at £1500 upwards. More details on Invisalign costs are on our fees page.
Are Invisalign braces quicker than conventional braces?
Actually, they tend to be slower. Your dentist will want to see you usually about once every four to six weeks. However, fixed braces need more chair-side time.
Is Invisalign painful?
Not as painful as normal braces, as no wires or brackets rub against your gums. As with all braces, they feel tight when adjusted or you put in a new aligner.