Invisalign and Aligners

If you are looking for a discreet way to straighten your teeth and don’t want to get more traditional braces then having an aligner may be an option worth considering.

Invisalign and Aligners

Aligners are clear plastic trays that you wear for around 22 hours per day to straighten your teeth. Each aligner is slightly different from the previous one and moves your teeth towards the desired position.

The process starts with a detailed scan or impression of your teeth and a technician then uses software to create a series of steps towards the final result. Invisalign refer to this as a ‘clincheck’ which provides you with an opportunity to review and comment on the final position of your teeth.

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Invisalign is the best known brand of aligners and has proven to be very popular with now over 5 million patients. Many dental and orthodontic practices across the UK provide Invisalign and it remains a popular option for adults who want their teeth straightened without going down the traditional ‘braces’ route. There are other brands of aligners, all of which straighten your teeth in a similar way by using a sequence of trays. It will take a little time to get used to aligners and your speech may be affected at first. This soon passes and many patients are pleased with their decision to get aligners. Some patients will have attachments which are small tooth coloured ridges to help the aligner grip a tooth and to achieve a certain movement. These will be more noticable particularly if they are on the front teeth. Aligners cannot treat everyone so your orthodontist may recommend other options.

Features

Almost invisible

The aligners are almost invisible so no one will know you are wearing them

Removable

You can remove your aligners so can continue eating whatever you want, just don’t forget to put them back in afterwards

Effective

Aligners are now able to treat a wide range of orthodontic problems

Comfortable

After initially adapting to wearing them, most people describe them as comfortable to wear

Availability

Many dental practices and orthodontists offer aligners so they will be easily available

Buttons

You may have small tooth coloured attachments glued on your teeth to enable the aligner to move certain teeth

Lisping

It can take a few days to get used to your aligners so don’t give up

Range of options

There are different treatment plans depending on your budget and needs

Determination

It will take discipline to wear your aligners for 22 hours a day so some determination is required

Blog posts

Invisalign tips from Lucie

In another great video from Lucie, she provides tips and advice based on her first few weeks with Invisalign. https://youtu.be/r-K0lhJBfYo  

An Invisalign blog from Lucie

Lucie has recently started getting her teeth straightened with Invisalign. She previously looked at DIY braces with Smile Direct and after reading some reviews, decided to not pursue this option and to visit a dentist to explore getting her teeth straightened with...

Invisalign – weekly aligner changes

Invisalign have announced that they are now allowing dental practitioners to offer their patients one-week aligner wear instead of the previously recommended two-week changes, allowing shorter treatment time. Previously, the custom-made aligners were always...

Invisalign – now VAT exempt

Invisalign have today confirmed that following negotiations with HMRC, their aligners have been classified as a medical device and as such, are now exempt from VAT. In his statement, Jamie Morley, General Manager for Invisalign UK and Ireland said " I believe the...

Invisalign 4 million smiles

Align Technology, the people behind Invisalign, have just announced that they have started treating their 4 millionth patient and to celebrate this milestone, they are donating $1 to Operation Smile for every smile tweeted using the hashtag #4millionsmiles. They have...

My Invisalign experience – by Anna

I'm hugely grateful to Anna who writes the great 'a whole lot of chitty chat' blog for writing this super article on her experience with Invisalign. Hello readers of UK adult braces! I'm Anna and I blog (occasionally) on my little slice online, 'a whole lot of chitty...

Invisalign deep bite treatment

There are so many really good video clips on sites such as YouTube which explain many different aspects of orthodontics and this is one I came across earlier which shows how the Invisalign system can correct a deep bite.  If this is part...

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