Aligners vs Fixed Braces

Many contributing factors can lead to crooked, misaligned and overcrowded teeth. If your teeth are too big for your mouth, they can fight for space and grow unevenly or in different directions.

Metal Braces or Invisalign: What’s the difference?

9 million patients have experienced the benefits of Invisalign. The Gentle Dental has been almost awarded the highest accreditation that Invisalign certifies.

This makes us part of a rare, select few orthodontists who have treated the most Invisalign cases in Europe.

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What is Invisalign?

If you already don’t know what Invisalign is, as the name suggests, it is invisible aligners that are shaped like mouthguards.

Made from a flexible and clear acrylic material that makes the straightening process discreet and almost unnoticeable, Invisalign offers patients faster treatment times at no huge extra cost.

They can correct the most minor to the most complex orthodontic issues for those who feel self-conscious about the look of their smile.

If you are considering Invisalign or other orthodontic treatment, call us today on 020 8224 7562.

How does Invisalign treatment work?

  • SmartTrack material aligners that apply the right amount of pressure on the tooth at the right time
  • Comfortable and removable
  • Gradually but powerfully moves teeth in 12 months or less

Platinum-rated Invisalign dentist; Dr Ali Rifai will provide you with your own set of aligners that will be worn in their numbered stages to gradually realign and shift teeth.

The stages and shape of your aligner will be custom-made to match your current mouth shape and moving the teeth into their correct, more appealing positions.

You will wear each set of aligners for around 22 hours a day, for 2 weeks, before moving on to the next stage.

There are many types of Invisalign treatment, which is targeted to individuals of different ages, these include Invisalign First (for children aged 6-10), Invisalign Teen (for ages 11-17), and Invisalign Full or Go for those who are 18+.

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Invisalign i7

  • For minor, class 1 classifications

The treatment length is designed to take less than six months and costs from £1,500.

This type of Invisalign treatment is ideal for the mildest cases – for someone who needs a slight tweak to push or rotate the front 4 upper or lower incisor teeth.

The movement is completed over seven aligners.

Many of our clients that have i7 are those that had orthodontic treatment in the past and are starting to see relapse and would like to correct it before it worsens.

Traditional braces: What are they and how do they work?

  • Can take up to 24 months
  • Requires a retainer to be worn after treatment
  • Available on the NHS, but costs are similar to Invisalign privately

Traditional metal braces are fixed metal straightening appliances that are attached to the teeth to realign their position.

Brackets are fixed onto each tooth, and a wire passes through these brackets and is attached using rubber ties.

The wire applies force to the teeth and forces them to move, and then it is tightened incrementally over some time as the teeth become straighter.

Once the teeth are in their final desired position, the braces are removed, and your orthodontist will provide you with retainers to be worn at night to ensure the teeth remain in their new position for the long term.

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Invisalign for Children

The treatment length is between 4-6 months and costs from £3,000.

Invisalign First, also referred to as Phase 1, is designed for growing smiles.

Similar in its features to Invisalign Teen, these initial aligners target a broad range of simple issues such as crowding, spacing, and narrow dental arches.

To qualify for this treatment, you will need to be aged 6-10; this is the best time to begin orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign for Teens

  • Class 2 crowded and crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth (up to 6mm)
  • Deep bites, underbite, open bite, and crossbite

The treatment length is 12 months and costs from £4,000.

Differing from conventional, non-removable braces, wires, and brackets, Invisalign aims to use a series of aligners that can be removed up to 2 hours a day.

This means that this straightening system does not interrupt or interfere with your teenager’s daily life.

Some of our teenage patients feel self-conscious about having braces and are less than thrilled about the food restrictions that fixed braces can have and the oral hygiene requirements. It’s comfortable, convenient, and designed with the younger mouths in mind.

Working very similarly to other Invisalign systems, Invisalign Teen has some minor adjustments that make it the most suitable treatment for teens – these include:

Blue wear indicators that fade from blue to clear, will help to identify how long the aligners have been worn for and help your teen manage their progress

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Overall advantages of Invisalign systems

Safe, stable, and secure

Practically invisible, strengthens the oral state

Faster and easier, no stigma

Require fewer appointments, check-ups, and treatment times

Does not disrupt activities like sports and playing musical instruments

40% fewer appointments compared to traditional braces

Less likely to need an emergency appointment

3D digital planning for complete accuracy and precision

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Invisalign Cases & Reviews

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Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won’t regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn’t speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven’t guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants – 3 New Teeth – June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn’t want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards – it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle – don’t waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign’s. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can’t thank this practice enough for all their help. I don’t post reviews very often, so when I do, it’s because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai’s priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I’m delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn’t an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!

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