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.

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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 skilled dental technician then uses software to create a series of steps towards the final result. Invisalign refer to this as a ‘clincheck’ which provides you and your dentist or orthodontist with an opportunity to review and comment on the final intended position of your teeth.

Once approved, each of these steps results in a separate aligner, the total number required corresponding with the complexity of your treatment. Following completion of wearing these aligners, further ‘refinement’ aligners may be made to achieve the final result.

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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.


Almost invisible

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Blog posts

An Invisalign update from Lucie

In her most recent post, Lucie shares an update on her progress, some strangely shaped aligners and her thoughts on undertaking aligner treatment.

ClearCorrect Aligners

ClearCorrect is a US-based manufacturer of aligners who provide aligners to UK based patients. In this really great video, the company explains how aligners work, what actually makes the teeth move and why it is important to wear your aligners for the required number...

Top ten ‘getting started’ braces tips

If you are thinking about getting braces, congratulations, it's something you won't regret. To get you started, here are my top ten 'getting started' braces tips. 1. Take some time to do your research. There are many different treatment options provided by a large...

Do braces affect speech?

One of my readers posed the great question, 'do braces affect speech' and it's one I don't think I've covered in much detail before. I've written about speaking with retainers and have briefly mentioned speech in several other related posts but as I'm sure this is...

Curious about aligner treatment?

Smilelign is a British aligner company based in Sheffield with a large network of dental practices across the UK. They offer the opportunity to try a passive aligner before deciding on whether this type of treatment is suitable for you.

Dental Monitoring

A tweet from an orthodontic practice caught my attention this morning. It referred to a new way to remotely monitor orthodontic aligner treatment by taking a photo of your teeth with a smartphone which is then analysed by software which detects tooth movement. The...

3M Clarity Aligners

3M have very recently announced they have entered the aligner market by introducing their own brand of 'Clarity' aligners. Very few details of the aligners are available at the moment but if you are interested in seeing a video on their aligners, click here Image ©...

Orthodontic special offers

In just about every other industry, you will find seasonal or product special offers and orthodontics is no exception. Every January, a time when we all like to make some New Year resolutions that we may or may not stick to, quite a few orthodontic practices promote...

Invisalign tips from Lucie

In another great video from Lucie, she provides tips and advice based on her first few weeks with Invisalign.  

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...

iTero Scanning

Whilst attending the recent BDIA dental show in Birmingham, Invisalign kindly invited to try the iTero intraoral scanner and I can assure you, it's not as easy as it looks! Once comfortably seated behind the 'phantom head' I was instructed to start scanning the...

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...

The Invisalign phone app

If you are having Invisalign treatment, you can download a great app that enables you to record your progress and to review the changes between each aligner.  Although I have not had Invisalign, I have downloaded this app and have tried it...

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 impressions

In my recent post on dental anxiety I spoke about being apprehensive about impression taking.  Getting accurate impressions is incredibly important for those undertaking Invisalign treatment and this video clip takes you through the whole...

Invisalign attachments

If you are undertaking Invisalign treatment, you will probably need attachments added during at some point to enable to the aligners to grip better and to achieve a range of movements that would not be possible without them.  This great...

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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