Invisalign allows you to transform your smile discreetly and comfortably using a series of virtually invisible custom-made aligners to gradually straighten your teeth without the need for metal wires or brackets. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth and is worn for two to three weeks at a time for between 20-22 hours a day. They are removed for meals and cleaning your teeth and drinking anything other than water.
If you’re considering orthodontic treatment but don’t like the thought of fixed braces, then Invisalign could be the ideal solution. Invisalign is recommended for mild to moderate crowding or spacing. If you have a more severe problem our range of invisible fixed braces may be more suitable.
Invisalign is suitable for adults and older teenagers, it is only available through private treatment.
- Custom made aligners
- Easy to wear
The Process of Making and Fitting Invisalign Aligners
To ensure the fit of each aligner is accurate impressions are taken of your teeth. These impressions are then sent off to the Invisalign laboratory which is based in America. The highly skilled technicians then create a virtual mock up of your teeth moving from their current position to the desired result, it shows the movement each individual aligner will make. This is called a ‘Clin-Check’, you are more than welcome to come into the practice to view your ‘Clin-Check’ with one of our Treatment Coordinators, or we can email this to you to view at home and show your family and friends how your teeth will look at the end of treatment. Your orthodontist will then approve the suggested series of aligners, your individual aligners are then produced and shipped from America.
This whole process takes approximately 6 weeks. Once we have received the aligners we can then fit your first one. Occasionally, to help achieve the desired result, we need to fit ’buttons’ these are small attachments of clear composite which help the aligners to reposition the teeth. They are fitted directly onto the tooth and are removed once they have done their job. Fitting the aligners and any buttons is not a painful process, once you start wearing the aligners you may notice your teeth become slightly sensitive and a small amount of discomfort as the teeth begin to move position, but this should ease within a few days, we would recommend taking your normal pain killers to ease any discomfort you experience.
Once the Brace is Fitted
We would need to see you approximately every 8 weeks to check the progress of the aligners. Again at some of these appointments we may fit further buttons and remove ones that we no longer need. This is a pain free process.
We will give you more than one aligner to take away, when you feel that your current aligner has done the job you can move onto the next one. It is important that you wear the aligners all the time, otherwise the teeth may begin to move back to their old position. If you aligners are not fitting you must contact the practice to arrange an appointment.
What if I Break or Lose an Aligner?
If you accidently break or lose an aligner you should step back to your last aligner, this should avoid your teeth slipping back out of position and undoing your hard work. You should contact the practice straight away so that we can order a new aligner from the Invisalign laboratory in America. Once we have received the new aligner we will contact you to arrange an appointment to fit it, we will check the progress and make sure that everything is still going to plan.
Occasionally the movement of the teeth estimated by the clinicians at the Invisalign laboratory doesn’t always go exactly to plan, if this does happen we may need to take new impressions. These will be sent off to the laboratory in America, where they will recalculate the movements needed to complete your treatment.
How Do I Look After my Invisalign Aligners?
To keep your Invisalign aligners fresh and clean you can use a product called Effer-ves a solution which you can soak the aligners in for up to 15 minutes either once a week or more often if you feel you need to, this is available from our shop. You can also brush the aligners with your toothbrush after you have cleaned your teeth, but don’t use toothpaste directly on the aligner as this may make them brittle and turn opaque.
You should also maintain a good oral hygiene routine, for more information on this see our Oral Hygiene blogon what we recommend.