Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment using a series of clear aligners to move teeth into position.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, clear, plastic aligners that cover your teeth and move them gently into position. They are clear and less noticeable than traditional braces, and can be removed for cleaning your teeth, eating and drinking.
Invisalign 3D scanning technology is used to assess and plan your clear aligner treatment.
The unique ClinCheck software allows you to see how the series of aligners will move your teeth into their projected position, so you can see how your teeth will look before the start of treatment. Once finalised, the scans are sent to the laboratory to make your clear aligners.
You will return to collect your aligners and be given instructions on use.
You wear each set of aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day for 1-2 weeks, until they become ‘passive’, before moving on to the next aligner in the series. Regular reviews and sometimes attachments are needed to ensure the appropriate placement of controlled movement on the teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign not only controls the amount of movement per aligner, but also the timing of the movement. This results in an efficient force delivery system that moves teeth into the desired prescribed position.
Typically, Invisalign treatment can take between 6 and 18 months, with the fee ranging from £3500–£4000 depending on complexity. This fee can be spread over 12 months and includes retainers to hold your teeth into position and teeth whitening at the end of treatment.
Kavita Malkan offers Invisalign straightening at Sapphire Dental; book a free consultation to find out your options.