The Invisalign system aims to achieve teeth-straightening results without the need for visible wires and brackets, which can be a source of embarrassment for some people.
At Falkirk Dental Care we use Cosmetic braces to treat a variety of orthodontic concerns including teeth which are crooked, crowded or with gaps - but because it is clear, removable and comfortable, it won't interfere with your life.
Because Invisalign is nearly invisible, almost no-one can tell you are wearing a brace, so you can smile more during as well as after your treatment. You can remove Invisalign so you can eat and drink what you like, and studies have shown that it can be better for your dental hygiene during treatment as well! With no metal or sharp edges, Invisalign is comfortable to wear and does not cause allergies.
Who would benefit from Invisalign?
Orthodontic treatments have a range of benefits because they not only create beautiful smiles, but they can also reduce the risk of oral diseases. Invisalign can address many orthodontic issues:
- Spaced teeth
If you have any of these problems then the Invisalign brace system may be the treatment for you. They are aesthetically pleasing and very discreet.
What is the procedure?
Once your dentist has ascertained that you are an appropriate candidate for Invisalign, they will draw-up a personalised treatment plan. The treatment process is fairly simple and during an initial consultation the dentist will discuss treatment expectations and start planning your treatment. Impressions will be made of your teeth and sent to the Invisalign laboratories. You will be able to see computerised 3D images and potential results using computer software.
Your custom-made aligners will then be fabricated and returned to the dentist for attachment.
You are recommended to wear each aligner for around 2 weeks and then swap it with the subsequent aligner after this time. Most people have a total of between 18 and 36 aligners and so treatment typically takes between 9 and 18 months, and they need to be worn for at least 21 hours a day for optimum results.
Does Invisalign treatment hurt?
The treatment may cause minor issues of pain when teeth are moving and can take a little bit of getting used. There may be slight saliva increase but the treatment is relatively pain free.
How long does treatment take to complete?
Treatment is based on each individual case but can be anything from three months to a year. Your dentist can tell you individual treatment times during a consultation.
Advantages of Invisalign:
The aligners are removable so you can enjoy food and drink as before, maintain oral hygiene and replace them accordingly. Oral hygiene is easier to maintain than with other brace systems, as they can be removed to brush and floss the teeth. The aligners are invisible unless you are extremely close up, and so offer a discreet look whilst working to correct tooth alignment. They are more comfortable than metal braces which can cause pain and discomfort.
Disadvantages of Invisalign:
In more severe cases, Invisalign will not be suitable for orthodontic treatment as they are best used to treat under and overbites, crooked teeth and teeth gaps. Other forms of treatment may be needed instead. It is uncommon, but as they are removable, the braces can sometimes be lost or people may not wear them for long enough each day. This will impact on how quickly treatment goals are achieved.
Cost of Invisalign
The Invisalign Brace System offers patients one of the most discreet, comfortable treatment choices to straighten teeth. Adults and younger patients choose this treatment option because it fits in with their lifestyle and does not impact smile aesthetics. Patients can expect to pay in the region of £3600 for Invisalign treatment but this will need to be discussed with your dentist during a consultation and with 0% finance available it is more affordable than you may think.
Additional Help and information:
Further information about Invisalign can be viewed by clicking on the link below: http://www.invisalign.co.uk/en/Pages/Home.aspx