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.
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
In her blog, 'a whole lot of chitty chat', Anna has written an update on her progress with Invisalign. She has reached the refinement stage and has another nine Invisalign trays to go to finish her treatment. She also talks about the importance of keeping your teeth...
I recently read that Invisalign has treated over three million patients so I thought I would try and find out what makes this treatment option so popular. I have not had Invisalign so can't write from first hand experience so have relied on the comments of many...
In this video, the whole Invisalign process is described giving a fascinating insight into this clever technology.
Anna, who writes the 'a whole lot of chitty chat' blog has recently updated on her progress with Invisalign. She is now on tray 15 out of 17 and her post gives an honest reflection on what she has learnt so far with Invisalign. Here is an extract from the post:...
Carrie, a London based lifestyle blogger has posted a great series of posts about her time with Invisalign braces and the fantastic results she has received by having her teeth straightened this way. She writes a blog 'wish wish wish' which has some really lovely...
I have just come across another Invisalign blog that takes a light hearted look at the process of getting and having Invisalign. For a peek of what you might expect from this blog, I have copied a great description of the process of getting impressions below: The...
Invisalign is a removable brace that moves teeth through the use of clear aligners which are changed every few weeks. At the start of your treatment, accurate moulds are taken of your teeth and these are sent to a laboratory which produces a series of clear aligners...
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