Invisalign has been around for many years, but with technological and medical advances over time it has become increasingly popular and much more affordable for patients looking to achieve straighter teeth.
There are many benefits and advantages to choosing Invisalign Essex over conventional braces, but suitability will depend on a number of factors based around the patient’s individual dental issues, the severity of their case and the results they are looking to achieve.
Here our professional Essex dental clinicians have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign.
What Exactly Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear, custom made series of aligner trays that fit over the teeth and are changed every few weeks to the ‘next stage’ to gradually move and straighten the teeth over time. They are an ‘at home’ treatment that allow the patient more freedom and require less appointments at the dental practice than conventional braces.
What Does the Invisalign Treatment Process Involve?
Following an initial consultation, the dentist will create a custom treatment plan that helps to inform the patient of the costs, realistic timeframes and expected results. Upon commencement of treatment, moulds or ‘impressions’ of the patient’s mouth are taken which are sent away to a special Invisalign lab where the bespoke aligners are created.
Once they are made and have been collected from the dentist, the patient can start wearing them straight away and will need to ensure they follow the guidelines laid out for them by their dentist including how often to wear them, oral hygiene and when to move on to the next tray or aligner stage.
Appointments are required to ensure that everything is going as it should and to monitor the progress of the teeth, making sure that the patient is happy with the treatment.
How Long Will It Take To See Results?
Depending on the patient, improvements can be seen in a matter of weeks but the length of time it takes to complete the treatment will depend on the severity of the misalignment. It can take on average around 6-14 months to achieve the finished results.
What Are The Benefits of Choosing Invisalign Over Traditional Braces?
There are several advantages for patients who choose Invisalign over conventional metal style braces, including;
They are transparent and practically invisible.
Can be easily, quickly and discretely removed and put back in when needed.
Are easier to keep clean and maintain good oral hygiene.
Comfortable to wear with minimal pain or soreness.
Less chance of damage to the teeth.
Ideal for those who play music or sports who need to have the option to take them out or keep them in.
No foods are off limits, simply take them out and brush teeth afterwards.
Results can be enjoyed throughout the progress as the teeth gradually move into place.
Who Is Invisalign Suitable For?
Suitability will be dependent on the individual patient, their dental needs and the severity of their dental issues. Invisalign is extremely popular for treating a wide range of orthodontic problems from underbites, overbites and cross bites to misalignment and overcrowding.
Invisalign is suitable for almost all ages from early teens all the way through adulthood and offers a discreet, effective alternative for those who do not want fixed, metal braces.
For patients with underlying issues such as gum disease, Invisalign may still be possible, but you will need to undergo treatment for this, prior to commencing the straightening process.
For those with complex dental problems, Invisalign may not be possible but your dentist will be able to thoroughly explain all of your options to you so that you can make an informed choice.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
This question has no definitive answer as the costs vary from practice to practice and is fully dependent on each patients’ unique dental needs. It will depend how many trays are required, how long the treatment will take, if both top and bottom rows of teeth are being done and any additional treatments such as whitening or composite bonding to complete the smile makeover.
If you would like to find out more about our costings or to book a consultation, please do not hesitate to get in touch and one of our friendly advisors will be happy to help.