What is Invisalign?

The Invisalign system is a practical, comfortable and convenient method of straightening teeth

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It is a more discreet treatment that conventional braces – when you’re wearing Invisalign most people won’t even be able to see them.

Aligners are suitable for most people. They are practically invisible which makes them a popular choice among with adults who might have felt self-conscious wearing conventional braces. They sit neatly over the teeth and can be removed in seconds, which means they won’t get in the way when you need to brush your teeth, eat, drink or play sport.

During your first consultation your teeth are assessed, and we take a digital scan of your teeth, from which a series of aligners are custom made. Once a programme of treatment has been agreed your orthodontist will be able to show you a 3D animation of your finished smile.

Invisalign aligners are a series of transparent aligners that fit over your teeth. The aligners apply pressure to gently move the teeth into the desired position. Each aligner is worn for between one and two weeks, and each one is slightly straighter than the previous aligner. Once the pressure subsides it’s time to move to the next in the series.

We advise wearing aligners for 22 hours each day. Treatment varies depending on the extent of repositioning required, but usually includes 18-36 aligners for both the upper and lower teeth and takes between 9-18 months.

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Invisalign FAQs

Will my teeth be straight after treatment?
Every smile is different so your Invisalign treatment will begin with a consultation to discuss how to get the best from your aligners. Using our digital iTero scanner, you will be able to see how your teeth will align and what your future smile will look like in advance of the treatment being undertaken. Following treatment, we recommend you use a night-time retainer to prevent your teeth from gradually shifting back towards their initial position.

How do I look after my aligners?
The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water and using special cleaning tablets. After eating it is important that you brush your teeth before you re-insert your aligners. This has two benefits; it keeps your teeth clean and stops food discolouring the aligners.

Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Invisalign aligners move your teeth by applying gentle constant pressure. While aligners are not painful to wear, some people do feel some discomfort for a few days as they adjust to the sensation of wearing aligners, and for a short time after moving to a new set of aligners. This is nothing to worry about. Most people describe it as a feeling of pressure, and it is a sign that your aligners are moving your teeth in the right direction.

What should I do if I lose or break an aligner?
If you lose or break an Invisalign aligner, please let us know straight away. We will work with you to keep your treatment plan on track. This might mean temporarily moving back to the previous set of aligners, moving on to your next set of aligners, or ordering a replacement set.

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