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INVISALIGN… IS IT FOR ME?

14th March 2018

Tooth straightening treatments are becoming more and more popular with new systems being launched regularly. However, one system stands out as being tried and tested and continually getting great results with super acceptance rates from our patients too. The system?… Invisalign.

Invisalign uses a series of clear “aligners” or trays that fit over your teeth a little like sports guards but much more discreet. The aligners are changed every two weeks to be able to push your teeth gradually and gently into a new position.

Invisalign embraces modern technology and also avoids the need for the old fashioned type of bracket and wire orthodontics.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INVISALIGN OVER BRACKETS AND WIRES?
  1. More discreet – most people would be unable to tell you are wearing your Invisalign clear aligners yet even the most cosmetic of brackets will still be visible on teeth.
  2. They can be removed for eating – in fact we ask that you remove them when eating which means you can still eat all of your favourite foods without restriction!
  3. The forces are very gentle so you don’t get that uncomfortable “tight” feeling just after a brace is adjusted.
ARE THERE ANY DOWNSIDES?

Generally treatments take a little longer with Invisalign than with brackets and wires but it is a gentle movement and with very little impact on your life our patients prefer this and are not overly concerned with treatment times. The beauty with this system is we know exactly how long your treatment will take because of the digital planning and assessment.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

When you attend for your Invisalign assessment a model of your teeth is sent to the Invisalign laboratory. They assess your teeth with dental software that analyses the positions of your teeth and where they need to move to. At this stage the software will assess how many aligners are needed and as they are changed every two weeks we can be fairly certain of your treatment times.This is a great bonus for our patients, you can see where you are starting from, how you will look at the end, and how many aligners it will take to get you there plus the time involved.

This video shows how Invisalign works and the process that goes on behind the scenes that you won’t see.

Once you have your first set of aligners you will also receive the next few months worth of aligners with full instructions as to how and when to change them. This is easily done at home by yourself. We will keep monitoring your progress but your dental visits are easy with no fiddly wire changes or worries about broken brackets.

We do ask that you continue to attend the Dental Hygienist to keep on top of gum health but apart from that very little needs to be done in the practice once your Invisalign journey begins.

IS EVERYONE SUITABLE FOR INVISALIGN?

For most it is possible, even the most mal-positioned teeth can be moved using Invisalign, so don’t despair there are very few instances where we cannot use this system. With a short dental assessment within The Gentle Dental Practice in East Molesey we will soon be able to let you know if this treatment is for you with an approximate time span for improvement.

Why not consider booking a consultation to discuss this treatment or mention it the next time you are in. We can give you much more information in the practice and even show you some aligners and some images of successful cases we have treated.

Invisalign is a super treatment to really get a wonderful cosmetic transformation to your smile. Add in a Tooth Whitening treatment and you will be sure to dazzle.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS?

Our Invisalign treatments start at £1800 and with easy payment options we have made this treatment as accessible a possible to all. Why not call 020 8224 7562 and speak to Danielle to find out more or contact us here?

Dr Ali Rifai BDS

The Gentle Dental, East Molesey, Surrey

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