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.

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

An Invisalign update from Anna

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:...

3 Wishes Invisalign Blog

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...

Gum Shield Frying Pan

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

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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