In earlier times, metal braces were used to straighten teeth problems. It is still used today, but it is no longer as rampant as before. It does a splendid job. However, not everyone (mostly adults and teens) are really comfortable and confident wearing them. People needed something to help them straighten their teeth while making them comfortable being in public as this treatment is going on. Invisalign was thus produced, and became quite popular and highly sought after when it came into existence.
Invisalign is a clear invisible aligner tray that straightens misaligned teeth and corrects other teeth problems. It is invisible because it is clear and blends exceptionally well with your teeth. It is customised to suit your teeth at various stages of the treatment.
Because of this, each aligner tray is different from the set. Treatment using Invisalign in London takes about 6 -18 months, depending on the type of Invisalign used and also on the severity of the problem. Each tray is changed every 2 weeks by your dentist and a new one is installed until the treatment is complete. There are about 4 types of Invisalign, all with different treatment times (which we would explore later).
As earlier mentioned, Invisalign was produced because traditional braces were not very appealing to look at. Although this is the major reason why people choose Invisalign, it is not the only reason. There are other reasons why people choose Invisalign.
Traditional braces left wearers, feeling self-conscious about themselves and their smile. Invisalign clear aligners help you to smile confidently wherever you might be. It is not easily noticed as they are clear and fit over your teeth perfectly.
Being transparent, one cannot easily notice you wearing clear braces. Invisalign clear aligners are also removable-this makes it easy for you to brush and floss your teeth normally.
Unlike traditional metal braces where you wear them all the time, including at night, Invisalign clear aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours daily. This means you remove them when you are about to eat and drink (except water), or when you want to clean them.
Traditional braces were not removed until treatment has been completed. This means that you wear them to eat and drink. Although it will correct your teeth misalignment, it doesn't make oral hygiene easy. Food particles can get lodged in the teeth and cleaning will be difficult. This could lead to tooth decay or even tooth loss.
Invisalign for teenagers has indicator marks at some point in the invisible braces. This lets you know when your treatment is complete.
There are four different types of Invisalign treatments and they are outlined below;
This is the main Invisalign treatment. It is used to treat and correct complicated teeth problems that may be too complex for the other types. Treatment using Invisalign full takes about 12 -18 months.
This is a type of Invisalign used to treat minor cases. The treatment takes about 7 months.
This is another type of Invisalign clear aligner that handles minor cases. Treatment using this takes the shortest time-only 3 months.
This is a type of Invisalign clear aligner made specifically for teenagers. This aligner is produced for the teens, bearing in mind that their teeth are still growing, and there are spaces in the aligner for that. Other features include indicators to show success level of treatment, and extra aligner trays in case any is lost or misplaced.
The major use of Invisalign or even traditional brace is teeth alignment. However, there are other teeth problems that Invisalign can solve. They are:
This occurs when there is not enough space in the jaws to perfectly fit all the teeth. It can happen in the upper or lower jaw or both. As a result, some tooth will end up being in front or behind others, making it quite challenging to reach the ones hiding when brushing, thereby leading to tooth decay, gum disease or plague.
This is when there are extra spaces between teeth within the jaw. This can be caused by abnormal growth of jawbone, or there might be missing tooth.
This is a situation where the teeth of the lower and upper jaws do not align. One or more of the teeth in the upper jaw might bite down on the lower jaw, causing teeth to grind, ultimately leading to tooth loss and gum disease.
This happens when the teeth in the lower jaw covers the upper jaw. It can be as a result of an overgrowth of the lower jaw or undergrowth of the upper jaw, or both.
This happens when the upper jaw completely or partially covers the lower jaw. It can be the reason for gum and tooth problems.
This is a situation where some teeth on the upper and lower jaw do not meet. This can be caused genetically, and also by poor chewing habits.
It reduces the chance of dental problem due to the ease of proper dental hygiene such as brushing and flossing.
There is no risk of infection unlike traditional braces
It is invisible and is not easily seen
It can be removed, allowing cleaning of the braces and mouth
It boosts confidence and allows the wearer to be comfortable
The Invisalign braces cost in London is dependent on the severity of your case, the length of treatment and the expertise of the dentist. In some cases, the location of the dentist may also play a role in determining the cost of the treatment. However, the cost of Invisalign usually ranges from £1800 - £3500 for Invisalign Lite. It is often £2500 - £5500 for Invisalign full and £1200 - £3000 for Invisalign i7.
Will Invisalign affect my speech?
After initial installation, there might be a little lisp while speaking. However, it will subside or go away when you get used to the braces.
How comfortable is Invisalign?
Invisalign braces are custom made, and thus are highly comfortable. It offers convenience.
How long do I have to wear Invisalign braces daily?
You are required to wear Invisalign braces for at least 20 -22 hours every day so that the treatment will be effective. You can only take it off during meals, cleaning your mouth or the braces.
What are Invisalign aligners made of?
Invisalign clear aligners are made up of transparent polycrystalline alumina.
How does Invisalign work?
The aligners, when worn, put an appropriate amount of force in the required spot in your mouth, through a series of coordinated movement. This gradually moves or places the teeth in the right position.
How invisible are Invisalign clear braces?
Being clear aligners, they blend with the colour of your teeth, making it completely difficult for someone to notice you have aligners on.
How do I clean my aligners?
You can clean your aligners with toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse afterwards in lukewarm water. Do not use hot water, as this can damage the aligner. You can also clean your aligners using Invisalign cleaning system which you can get online or from your doctor.
What happens when I lose my Invisalign aligners?
Once you lose an Invisalign aligner that you have on, inform your dentist in London immediately. Meanwhile, you can wear the previous set to prevent your teeth from moving out of place, until you hear from your doctor or until you get a new one.
What happens when the Invisalign treatment is complete?
When your treatment of Invisalign is completed, you will have to wear retainers. The retainers will serve to protect your teeth and maintain their corrected position. If you do not wear retainers after treatment, your corrected teeth will gradually shift back to their original positions.
Despite being a highly sought after aligner, there have been reviews from people who have used it. There were complaints of pain and discomfort during use for some people, while others complained of speech problems. Others complained that two hours wasn't enough to eat, brush, floss and clean the aligners.
It might interest you to know that there are other good alternatives to clear aligners for Invisalign provider at our London clinic. This could be because of cost or any other factor on the part of Invisalign braces. The other choices include Clearsmile aligner, incognito Lite etc.
Invisalign has been adopted by many due to its comfort and transparency. But most importantly, it is used because it is detachable, ensuring easy cleaning, maintenance, and also cleaning of the mouth, unlike traditional braces. It also makes people comfortable wearing them, regardless of their age and location. There is no feeling of self-consciousness. However, you must take proper tests to determine the extent of your teeth problem and the type of treatment you will need. The success of the treatment is guaranteed with wearing retainers for as long as possible to maintain it, and prevent them from moving back to the initial position.