Invisalign: 14 Things You Should Know
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear aligners to realign crooked teeth. All over the world, patients have been subscribing to this form of treatment for dental issues, and it's been effective. Apart from its efficacy, there are other things you should know about this treatment.
This is why we have compiled this information so that if you are interested in getting Invisalign London, your decision can be better informed.
That being said, check this out:
- Where should I get my Invisalign treatment?
Prior to getting your teeth straightened out with Invisalign, you need to do your research. Find out how much expertise the dentist who will be treating you has. Invisalign has three major cadres of providers: Preferred, Premier, and Premier Elite. Each of these has varying levels of expertise and specialty. The team and clinic that will be taking care of you should also be checked out to know how comfortable you will be.
The reason is that you will be working closely with them for several months, so it's important you can trust the team. Again, any dentist can treat patients using Invisalign, but an orthodontist is a specialist in moving teeth with braces and has experience in a wide range of orthodontic systems which comes in handy particularly when the case is complex. Bear in mind that all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists.
- The cost
What you'll pay for treatment depends on your case and needs. But as a guide, the price ranges from £3000 to £4500, covering 12 to 18 months of treatment generally. Minor treatment for mild cases can cost from £1500. However, complex cases may cost more. There is also a zero % free finance to help spread the payment over up to 18 months and make treatment less pricey.
- Will Invisalign treat your case?
Just like any other braces treatment, you need to change your lifestyle for Invisalign to work for you. The aligners have to be worn for at least 22 hours a day, and you must take them out to eat or drink anything else than cold water. In a case that you are not compliant with the rules of wearing your aligners, you may find out that your treatment may take longer than necessary, and the outcome may not be the best.
These days, most cases can be treated with Invisalign, but there are certain cases where only a fixed brace can work better. That's not all. The most exciting thing about Invisalign is that you can see what the end result will be before starting the treatment. How's this possible? With the help of ClinCheck (3D simulation), you see how your teeth will be moved and the outcome. This costs £350 and is usually deducted from the final balance of the cost of Invisalign treatment.
- How long do I have to wear each aligner?
You will have to wear the aligners for 2 weeks before switching to a new set. Teeth should be moved slowly and at a gentle pace. If teeth are moved too quickly, it can cause the root to shrink, making the teeth less stable and prone to movement with time.
- How does it feel to have aligners inside the mouth?
Treatment with Invisalign is generally not painful since movement is gradual. When you switch to a new set of aligners, your teeth may become tender. Don't worry, it is a sign that the teeth are moving the way they should. Would the tenderness last? No, just like everything that's new, It will take a few days for you to take to the aligners and a new routine of having trays in your mouth. Upon completion of treatment, most patients miss their aligners.
- Are they visible?
Invisalign is made of clear plastic trays that are virtually invisible. When you use them, people may notice something different about you, but may not be able to tell what it is. The aligners can give your teeth a brighter glow, and change colour slightly as you near the end of each aligner use. Most of our patients report that during treatment, people hardly notice they're wearing something in their mouth.
- Will my love life change during Invisalign?
Living with Invisalign may not be different from your normal life. You can date and kiss while wearing the aligners; you've got no problem at all. Keeping your teeth and aligners clean is key. In fact, Invisalign use is a time to step up your oral hygiene. You can get cleaning tablets that dissolve in water for soaking in your trays regularly, so it remains fresh, clean, and nice looking.
- Invisalign and speech
At first, while getting used to your trays, there may be slight changes in the way you speak. However, after a few days when your tongue gets used to them being your mouth, you'll speak normally. We recommend you practice speaking with your aligners as it helps you adjust faster.
- What are Invisalign attachments?
These are a necessary part of your Invisalign treatment. Attachments allow the aligners to hold onto certain areas where the complex movement of the teeth is required. The tooth-coloured composite may be used and removed after your treatment is complete. And provided you are wearing your aligners according to instructions, they remain inconspicuous.
- What is interproximal reduction?
Currently, what we do in orthodontics is to try as much as possible not to take out healthy teeth in a bid to create space for teeth realignment. So, where it's necessary, we employ interproximal reduction, which is sometimes called interproximal stripping. It is a special technique that takes out a fraction of a millimetre from your enamel. It requires care and accuracy. This implies that only a skilled and experienced orthodontist can perform this work. With the interproximal reduction, enough room is created to tuck your teeth in line and make them straighter. This procedure poses no harm to the teeth. Is it painful? Absolutely not.
- How do I keep my aligners clean?
An effective way is by using a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small amount of your daily toothpaste. Brush the trays gently to avoid abrasion and damage. Not all toothpastes are good for cleaning aligners; some are very toxic. Ask your dentist for aligner-friendly toothpaste. In addition, you can get cleaning tablets that dissolve in water for occasional use if you think that your aligners need to be freshened up a bit. Never soak your aligners in hot water! It would cause them to warp and reduce their efficacy.
- How do I eat and drink with Invisalign?
When it comes to Invisalign, what patients love the most is that they can eat and drink whatever they like. This means you don't have to make any changes to your diet. That's a great benefit right? You may need to alter your lifestyle and the times of the day when you snack, eat and drink. Take care not to eat or drink anything else than cold water with your aligners in. Hot food and drinks can distort the trays and prolong your treatment duration. Again, consuming anything that contains sugar or acid can get trapped on the teeth below the aligners. When this happens, saliva, which keeps your teeth free from bacteria all day long, cannot get to your teeth. The consequence becomes plaque or tooth decay over time. If you should eat, remember to remove your trays before doing so. And after every drink, meal, or snack, you must clean your teeth and aligners before wearing them again. So, who says you can't have that favourite food? All you need is to remove your aligners, munch, and clean those pearly whites and trays before popping them back in.
- How often do I have to see my orthodontist?
Around every 6 to 8 weeks, you need to see your orthodontist to monitor the progress of your treatment and change aligners. This is important so that if you're not wearing the aligners for the recommended hours, your orthodontist can encourage you to make adjustments. Normally, you will be given 3 to 4 sets of aligners at a time. If you might need interproximal reduction, which you may need at some certain point during the treatment, your orthodontist will notify you. Monitoring your teeth movement also feels great as you will get to know how well your treatment is going.
- What about the use of retainers? Do I need them?
After months of having to discipline yourself to wear aligners and your teeth are finally straight, you wouldn't want them to relapse (return back to their former state), right? This is where retainers come in. Just like every orthodontic work, you need to wear retainers to keep your newly done teeth in position. In fact, you need to wear retainers for life. At our practice, we recommend and install two types of retainers for our patients: fixed and removable retainers.
The bonded or fixed retainers is made of a thin wire that is attached at the back of your front 6 to 8 teeth. The removable or bedtime retainers look like the Invisalign aligners and are worn for 2 night each week along with a fixed retainer.
With all the above in mind, you can now be ready for your Invisalign treatment if qualified. However, if there is any question you still need to ask that wasn't covered here, we would gladly like to hear from you. Feel free to ask us all the questions you have. Our expert dentists will answer them all.
Should you be looking for invisible braces London, look no further. At the Dental Clinic London, we offer profound Invisalign solution to patients with crooked or misaligned teeth. Just book an appointment with us and leave the rest to our professional orthodontists.
From the A to Z of your treatment, you'll get the best care possible. You can have confidence in our team and practice as we have been working on patients using Invisalign for years. Results have been amazing and more people are discussing their need to get clear aligners with us. Need yours? We're right here!