Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment consisting of a series of clear, plastic aligners that straighten teeth comfortably. This is a popular treatment because the aligners are virtually invisible and nobody will be able to notice them.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is unlike other orthodontic treatments in that it does not require wires or brackets because the aligners are clear and removable. The aligners are worn for 2 weeks at a time and then replaced with the next in the series until the treatment is complete and your teeth are straight. Though the aligners are removable they should be worn for a minimum of 21 hours per day to maximise results.
The aligners are custom-made for each patient and will be shaped according to the level of tooth movement desired. The aligners generate gentle pressure and the treatment system is renowned for being comfortable.
What does treatment involve?
Before the aligners are fitted and treatment can begin, photographs and impressions are taken of the patient’s teeth and used to map out the treatment and fabricate the aligners. Each aligner is slightly different in order to gradually align the teeth
The aligners are worn for at least 21 hours per day and for two weeks at a time. Old aligners should be swapped for the next in the series and so on until treatment completion. Your Glasgow Invisalign dentist will arrange regular check-ups to monitor the progress of your treatment and to ensure that you are happy with the treatment.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
The most obvious advantage is that the aligners are practically invisible and will remain discreet throughout the treatment process. Most orthodontic patients worry about the way they will look during treatment, so this is a great option for the more image-conscious.
Invisalign aligners are also comfortable because there is no metal or painful bands, no adjustments and the aligners generate gentle pressure to move the teeth.
The aligners are also removable and so you will not need to worry about eating in public or being able to brush your teeth properly. They can also be removed for special occasions when you want to look your best.
Frequently asked questions
How much does Invisalign cost?
Typically, you can expect to pay from £2000 for Invisalign braces. Your dentist will discuss prices with you and answer any questions you may have during an initial consultation.
Is Invisalign suitable for everyone?
The treatment is suitable for most patients, but complex cases where a lot of movement is required may require an alternative treatment.
How can I learn more?
You can find out more by coming to see us! Contact the practice to arrange a consultation and we will tell you everything you need to know about the treatment.
Why should I choose Invisalign?
Invisalign is renowned for its effectiveness and has a range of benefits for patients. The aligners are comfortable and removable, and they are also practically invisible and will not change your appearance during the treatment process.
Is treatment painful?
The aligners are designed with comfort in mind, generally being considered as one of the most comfortable teeth straightening treatments available on the market.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment time varies according to the individual patient but is typically 12-36 months. Your Glasgow Invisalign dentist will be able to talk to your more specifically about treatment times and dental check-ups.
When was Invisalign introduced?
Invisalign was launched in 1997 and since then has helped thousands of people across the globe to achieve the smile of their dreams.
Are there any side-effects?
It can take a little time getting used to wearing the aligners. It should also be noted that some people do experience a slight lisp for a short time.
How long do I have to wear the aligners?
Each aligner should be worn for 2 weeks and then replaced with the next in the series. They should be worn for at least 21 hours a day.