Invisalign is a brand of invisible aligners worldwide. Invisalign works by adjusting your teeth step by step, your orthodontist will take an initial mould of your mouth, which will be updated every few weeks in order to slowly adjust your smile. This aligner is virtually invisible and is also removable, meaning it is able to adjust around your lifestyle. The invisible aligner is completely unique and moulded to your mouth.
What are invisible aligners?
Invisible aligners are a discreet alternative to traditional metal ‘train tracks’ and may be more attractive to those of the older generation or those who are self-conscious. Young teens and adolescents are commonly found to have the traditional metal braces, however those that may be reluctant may lean more towards a more subtle aligner.
How do they work?
Traditional braces and aligners work in different ways, but both achieve the same results. Traditional metal braces (also known as ‘train tracks’) as well as white porcelain braces both work by using a metal wire and brackets. The wire is attached to the brackets which are glued to the teeth, braces of this kind are regularly tightened, in the same way that discreet aligners are replaced every one or two weeks. The wire slowly moves the teeth in a certain direction, in the same way that aligners slowly adjust the position of the teeth. Invisalign works best on teens and adults, as those who are younger can be more complex to treat.
How long do I have to wear Invisalign for?
It is the same with all forms of dental work, treatment time varies between each individual case, and the patient’s needs. However, generally, there is a correlation between the severity of cases and treatment time. Treatment on patients who have had previous orthodontist work (such as traditional braces during teenage years) can last as little as 10 weeks, however on patients who are new to dental work, it can last from 10 to 24 months.
How do I start the process?
If you are considering getting an invisible aligner the first thing to do is visit your local dental surgery and have an initial consultation. The Invisalign process is straightforward, once your local practitioner has decided you are eligible for this treatment they will take an X-ray and an impression of your teeth. These will be used to create a plan just for you. The set of aligners will then be made from your impression, and delivered to your local surgery, they will be updated every 1-2 weeks. After the treatment is completed you will then have a retainer which is to be worn in the evenings, in order to maintain your new smile.
How much do they cost?
Despite common misconception, Invisalign may be more affordable than you think. Some practices may provide a free initial consultation, as well as offering a payment plan to avoid paying all in one go. The general cost of Invisalign is between £2,500-£5,500 however this is dependent on the severity of the case and the length of the treatment plan.