No matter the extent of your personal experience with cosmetic dentistry, you’ve probably heard of Invisalign – an extremely popular modern alternative to traditional braces. Rather than metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses removable clear plastic aligners to achieve the same result as standard braces, without restrictions.
If you’re hoping to improve your smile but the thought of metal braces puts you off, you may be curious about Invisalign. What exactly does this treatment entail, what are the benefits, and how much will it cost you?
Here’s everything you need to know about how Invisalign can transform your smile.
How does Invisalign straighten your smile?
Invisalign is a very simple teeth-straightening treatment, which can be easily explained by breaking the process down into three steps.
1) Design a custom treatment plan
The first step in your Invisalign journey involves meeting with an Invisalign doctor for a consultation. To offer this treatment, dentists and orthodontists must complete specialist training – at Finsbury Dental Care, we’re fully trained official providers of Invisalign in London.
When you meet with us, we’ll discuss what you’re looking for from the treatment and examine your teeth to identify your specific needs. After taking fast yet detailed 3D digital scans, we can then map out a customised treatment plan to achieve your teeth-straightening goals.
Your personal Invisalign plan will include designing clear aligners to apply the exact pressure in the exact spots needed to move your teeth into the right place. After calculating a treatment schedule you’re happy with, we can discuss how much this would cost and arrange a payment plan.
2) Start wearing Invisalign aligners
Once your plan is approved, we create your custom-fitted Invisalign clear aligners, which are made from a patented thermoplastic called SmartTrack and laser-trimmed to fit your gum line to make them comfortable. You’ll start wearing these 20-22 hours a day, and change to a new set of aligners every 1-2 weeks (as recommended according to your individual plan).
To achieve the best results, you should only remove your Invisalign aligners to eat, drink, or clean your teeth. While they gradually shift your teeth into a straighter smile, you’ll have check-ups every 4-6 weeks to track your progress and receive your next set of clear aligners.
On average, patients continue this process for 6-18 months to complete the treatment, though results can be visible in just several weeks. The Invisalign treatment time will depend on the complexity of your case, and how well you follow the instructions.
3) Maintain your newly straight smile
After sticking to the plan for the recommended amount of time and wearing your Invisalign aligners as instructed, you should complete the treatment with a stunningly straight smile. Congratulations!
As with regular braces, you do still need to wear a retainer to maintain the results of your orthodontic treatment. As many people who had braces at a young age will know, teeth can gradually shift around again if they aren’t trained to stay in place.
When your Invisalign plan ends and you’re satisfied with your lovely new smile, we’ll discuss whether you need custom-made retainers. Just like your aligners, these will be clear and moulded to your teeth based on impressions or scans.
You may have to wear your Invisalign retainers full-time at first, but after checking on the maintenance of your straight smile, you can reduce this to only wearing retainers at night. This will help you to keep the straight teeth you’ve proudly achieved for as long as possible.
How is Invisalign better than other options?
Wondering why you should choose Invisalign over other teeth-straightening options? The main reason is simply that Invisalign is the most advanced system using clear aligners in the world, perfected over two decades of innovative development.
Of course, the biggest benefit of Invisalign is that it gives you a smile you don’t have to be self-conscious about, but Invisalign treatment doesn’t just straighten your smile – it can improve your quality of life at the same time.
The treatment improves your oral health while improving the shape and presentation of your teeth, giving you confidence in your appearance. This self-esteem boost can make it easier to do all the things you wanted to do before but were too shy to take part in because of shame over your smile.
On the journey to your new confident self, unafraid to give a big smile in public or in photos, you won’t even have to struggle with food restrictions. Traditional braces limit what you can and can’t eat, but you can eat and drink what you like with Invisalign – simply take out the removable aligners when you want to eat or drink, then clean your teeth thoroughly before putting them back in.
That said, with it being recommended to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours every day, you should avoid removing them too often – so it’s probably best to avoid things like chewing gum, anyway, even if it isn’t going to get stuck in your braces!
If you’re a smoker, getting the most out of your investment into your straight smile can be a great incentive to quit, which can also improve your overall physical health and emotional well-being. Smoking while wearing the aligners is discouraged due to potential discolouration, and you don’t want to slow down or obstruct your progress by taking them out regularly to smoke.
When you follow your tailored plan, you’ll find that your clear aligners are virtually invisible, so you can go about your daily life without anyone knowing that you’re wearing them.
If you would prefer to take them out for a special occasion, such as a wedding, job interview, or recreational activity, this should be fine. Just make sure to wear your aligners properly the rest of the time, and you’ll soon enjoy the results of a successful Invisalign treatment.
How much does Invisalign cost?
This teeth-straightening treatment may sound ideal, but how much does Invisalign cost in London?
Just as every person’s teeth are different, the cost of Invisalign will vary according to the treatment plan required, which is tailored to your needs to address your specific dental misalignment. The cost will increase the more severe the misalignment and the longer the duration of required treatment.
It’s important to remember that when you invest in Invisalign, you’re not just receiving sets of clear aligners – you’re benefitting from customised treatment and the expert guidance of our specially trained dental care team. You’re also investing in yourself and the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
If you have concerns about how much Invisalign costs, you can discuss estimated costs and payment options during your consultation before proceeding with any treatment. At Finsbury Dental Care, we offer dental care financing plans that can help you to spread the cost of your treatment.
To enquire about the cost of Invisalign in London at our dental clinic, get in touch with our team by phone or email, and we can arrange a consultation to discuss your eligibility for dental financing.
Is Invisalign treatment right for you?
Invisalign is a suitable treatment for both teenagers and adults alike, offering an almost invisible alternative to bracket and wire braces. You don’t have to worry about being an adult and needing braces – if you’re just now getting around to correcting your bite or straightening your smile, it’s better late than never!
Whether you’ve never had any teeth-straightening treatment before, or you wore braces when you were younger but your teeth have since shifted, our friendly and highly trained staff at Finsbury Dental Care approach every case on an individual basis to provide the best possible treatment.
If you have had previous dental treatment such as veneers, crowns, or bridgework, this may affect the viability of the Invisalign system for your teeth. This is why it’s important to have an in-person consultation with our dental care team, so we can assess your individual situation in detail.
To find out whether you’re eligible for Invisalign or would like further information on orthodontics in London, contact Finsbury Dental Care by calling 020 7638 6556, or send an email to [email protected]. And our team will be in touch to discuss how we can help you to transform your smile.