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The cost of Invisalign UK

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

The cost of Invisalign

Many people nowadays prefer Invisalign removable aligners over the conventional braces to get their teeth aligned. This is because the removable aligners are much more comfortable and less conspicuous than fixed braces. However, one of the most critical factors that need to be considered while selecting an orthodontic treatment option is the treatment cost. This article explains everything you need to know about Invisalign treatment costs.

Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?

If you’re looking for a treatment option that does not affect your facial aesthetics and offers comfort and convenience, then Invisalign is often better than braces. However, Invisalign aligners can only be used to fix mild to moderate orthodontic problems. For complex or complicated issues, dentists recommend using fixed braces as they offer better control over tooth movement.

Is Invisalign Cheaper Than Braces?

Whether you are using braces or Invisalign aligners, the cost of your treatment depends on various factors such as the complexity of the problem, patient compliance, and the availability of financing options. Invisalign braces generally cost the same or slightly more than the traditional braces. This is because Invisalign is a cosmetic orthodontic system that allows you to eat your favorite foods and maintain optimal oral hygiene without affecting your smile.

Some dental offices provide 0% finance or interest-free loans to facilitate payment. It is always a good idea to book a free consultation with your orthodontist and discuss all your queries before you start your aligner treatment.

Is Invisalign Really Invisible?

Invisalign aligners are made from a clear plastic material – which makes them virtually invisible. People will not notice that you’re wearing aligners unless they observe very closely. However, if you do not clean your aligners properly, they may get stained and affect your facial aesthetics. But if you clean them properly, you can wear your aligners to any official meeting, social gathering, job interview, or date! – with confidence that no one can see that you’re wearing aligners.

Why Are Braces So Expensive in the UK?

Orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligners requires extensive training and investment by your dentist and is not simple as it seems. Before starting your treatment, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth, jaws and surrounding structures to identify the underlying problem.  Based on the findings, your orthodontist/dentist will then prepare a detailed treatment plan that is customized according to your dental needs – and one that offers the best aesthetic outcome. All this requires effort and time on the part of your Dentist.

Furthermore, orthodontic treatment sometimes requires additional procedures such as teeth cleanings, dental fillings, root canal treatment, and teeth extraction – that drive-up the braces cost. Not only this, but orthodontists also have provided specialized training to their staff in orthodontic procedures and advanced cross-infection control methods. Finally, the materials and equipment used in orthodontics are quite expensive. All these factors can affect the total cost of your treatment.  Your dentist or orthodontist will provide you with an overview of the estimated treatment cost after preparing a treatment plan.

Alternatives To Invisalign?

Nowadays, there are many orthodontic systems available in the market that can be used as an alternative to Invisalign. Apart from the time-tested conventional braces, some of the alternative treatment options in the UK include:

You can consult your orthodontist regarding an Invisalign alternative that best suits your need for teeth straightening.

Does Invisalign Work For Under 18’s?

Invisalign now offers Invisalign Teens – a clear aligner system that is customized for the teenagers. Keeping in view that school or college students are highly conscious of their smile and appearance, Invisalign allows teenagers to get their teeth straightened without affecting their daily life activities.

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign aligners may cost you more in the short-term, but consider this is a long-term investment. Consider its positive impact on your smile, your ability to speak and eat without difficulty, and, most importantly, your self-confidence and personality!

Invest in your oral health today and enjoy its benefits throughout life!

How Does Invisalign Work?

Friday, March 27th, 2020

how does Invisalign work

Are you worried about your crooked and misaligned teeth, but the thought of wearing metal braces makes you think twice about seeking treatment? Don’t worry; now you can get your teeth straightened without anyone noticing, thanks to the Invisalign clear aligners. Owing to their inconspicuousness, comfort, and convenience, the Invisalign clear aligner has nowadays become the most preferred option to straighten teeth.

Is Invisalign the right option for you? It is best that you should know what Invisalign is and how it works before you decide. This article will take you through the steps that are involved in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Aligners.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic system based on the use of virtually invisible removable aligners. A unique feature of these aligners is that they are made from a transparent material, this puts pressure on the teeth in a similar way to conventional wires brackets. Therefore, they won’t be visible to other people while you’re wearing them. Your dentist will give you a set of numbered aligners, which you will successively wear to move your teeth in proper alignment and occlusion.

How Invisalign Works?

Here are the steps involved in getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign invisible aligners:

  1. Consultation and Treatment Planning

When you visit your dentist for a consultation about getting Invisalign, he or she will perform a detailed examination of your oral cavity and look at x-ray images of your teeth and study models. This is done to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for getting Invisalign aligners. Considering your current oral health status, your dentist will prepare a treatment that will be fully customized for your treatment needs. Your dentist or orthodontist will also calculate the exact treatment time, typically this is anything from 6 months to 2 years.

  1. Designing your Aligners

In the next step, your dentist will use a special device to make digital impressions of your teeth and gums. Your dentist will then send this information to an Invisalign affiliated lab. Back at the dental laboratory, the digital impressions and models will be evaluated thoroughly, in consultation with your dentist, to design a series of aligners that will sequentially align your teeth in optimal angulation and position. Once the designs for your aligners have been made, the laboratory will fabricate them by using the 3D printing technology. These aligners will then be transported to your dentist’s office. Before you start to wear your aligners, your dentist may place some composite patches. These patches allow the aligners to grip onto the teeth and move them in the desired direction.

  1. Wearing your First Set of Aligners

During your next appointment, your dentist will instruct you regarding the use and wearing of your new aligners. For optimal results, you must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day. You should keep in mind that your new aligners may feel slightly uncomfortable during the initial few days of wearing. Don’t worry; it will go away in a few days. You may also have slight difficulty in speaking while your aligners – no need to worry, you will soon get used to your new aligners.

  1. Switching to the Next Set of Aligners

Most dentists ask their patients to wear each set of aligners for about 14 days. Once you have worn a set of aligners for the specified time duration, you should then switch to the next set of numbered aligners. You will feel slight pain and discomfort immediately after switching to your new aligners. This is because the new aligners are continuing to move your teeth, and as your teeth get adjusted, the discomfort should decrease. In this way, you should continue to switch to the next set of aligners after the duration set by your dentist. By the time you have worn two or three aligners, you will start to feel a positive improvement in your smile and facial esthetics.

  1. Visiting your Dentist for Regular Checkups

 While wearing the Invisalign aligners, your dentist will ask you to come for a checkup every four to six weeks. This is to ensure that your treatment is heading in the right direction, and the desired results are being achieved.

  1. Wearing the Retainers

Once your treatment has been completed, your dentist will give you the Vivera retainers by Invisalign. The purpose of wearing these retainers is to ensure that your teeth don’t move back to their previous positions once they have become properly aligned. Even after your treatment has been completed, your dentist will ask you to visit for a follow-up, so that your treatment can be consolidated, and you can retain your brand-new smile. During the Invisalign treatment process it is important to brush and floss your teeth, this will mean removing your aligners.

How Long Does the Treatment Take?

The duration of your treatment depends on two main factors: the severity of your problem and your compliance. Mild problems can normally be treated in 6-8 months. More complex problems may require up to 12 months to complete. Similarly, your treatment will take lesser time if you adhere to your dentist’s instructions and wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day.

Invisalign aligners offer an esthetically superior and more comfortable option in comparison to the fixed braces. Visit us today to discuss the option of your teeth straightening with Invisalign.

Discover the Convenience of Invisalign Braces

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Although metal braces are extremely effective at straightening teeth, they are highly visible and can have a huge impact on your self-confidence in social situations.  Thankfully metal braces are no longer the only option if you’re unhappy with your teeth. Invisalign braces are virtually invisible and straighten your teeth comprehensively without the metal brackets and wires.

What you need to know

Because they are made from clear plastic, Invisalign braces are often known as ‘see through braces’ or ‘invisible braces’.  Like traditional braces they are constructed to fit the exact shape of your mouth so that the maximum effect is achieved.  Modern dentists use computer technology which means that Invisalign aligners can be made and fitted quickly, without the need to wait while dental putty moulds are made into impressions.

Invisalign braces are completely removable, but for the best results you should wear them for at least 20 hours a day.  They are more comfortable than traditional braces too, because there is no tightening of wires involved. Instead, your dentist will provide you with a new set of Invisalign braces as and when you need them to continue the process of adjusting your teeth.

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