Invisalign aligners consist of lucid, plastic trays that are custom built to fit comfortably over your teeth. They are made of robust medical grade thermoplastic material, which is exclusively designed for the Invisalign System. They function by adding firm and tender pressure on your teeth, which slowly and painlessly shift them close together so that they are aligned properly. As your teeth gradually align over time, the bony sockets underneath them alter and change in shape eventually.
The entire process is performed in different phases, which means a new aligner will be fitted over your teeth for every two months. Initially, x-rays and moulds are taken of your teeth and then a bespoke treatment plan is devised based on the findings of the x-rays and moulds. During each phase, you will initially see that the aligner doesn’t fit over your teeth, this is because they are specifically moulded to adjust your teeth into a new position. Once your teeth have adjusted to the new position, this process will be repeated after a short stabilising period.
Why Crooked or Misaligned Teeth Need to Be fixed?
One of the main reasons why people opt to have their teeth straightened is usually a cosmetic one. Undoubtedly, many people become self-conscious about their smile when they have crooked teeth or gaps. Considering this from a medical perspective, when you have crooked teeth, the bristles of your toothbrush are unable to reach into specific areas, causing plaque buildup and bacteria, which further leads to tooth decay. So not only are crooked teeth visually unappealing, but can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
A great advantage of Invisalign is that they are practically invisible compared to traditional braces. What’s more, you can easily remove them while eating or drinking what you like without having to worry about damaging them during the treatment. You can also remove them when you want to brush or floss your teeth, which was impossible with traditional braces. You no longer have to worry about the ugly brackets or wires that were present in traditional braces, this also means that you spend less time and money visiting the dentist for adjustments. Last but not least, one of the most crucial advantage is that you are able to see your virtual results along with the treatment plan way before starting the treatment, giving you a clear visual of how your teeth looked before and after the treatment.
How Long do I Have to Wear the Aligners and What are Attachments?
Depending on the severity of your crookedness, a bespoke treatment plan will be drawn up. But generally, you will be provided with 6 to 48 aligners and each aligner has to be worn for at least two weeks before it is replaced with the next ones. A standard treatment can take as much as 18 months. For more difficult tooth movements, your Invisalign dentist will place small temporary white cement ‘bumps’ that support the Invisalign tray and steadily hold the teeth in place. Generally, the dentist will place 4-8 white cement bumps and at the end of the treatment, they will be removed without causing any damage to your teeth.
What is the Cost of Invisalign Treatment?
The price of the treatment largely depends upon the complexity of the problem and start from £1,500.
Do you have crooked or misaligned teeth? Try Invisalign today!