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What are invisible braces?

What are Invisible Braces?

Invisible braces are a type of orthodontic treatment which uses clear aligners to gradually move teeth into their desired position. These braces are made from transparent plastic trays that fit over the teeth and slowly move them into the proper alignment. Unlike traditional metal braces, the transparent aligners are virtually undetectable and can be easily removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. 

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth.

What Is Invisalign Made From?

Invisalign’s aligners are made from SmartTrack®, a proprietary material that was developed by the Align Technology Company. This specially designed material helps to ensure the most comfortable and effective fit of each aligner. SmartTrack® is a proprietary blend of medical-grade plastic polymers that is both strong and flexible. It has been designed specifically for moving teeth. 

Who Can Wear These Clear Braces?

Anyone who has crooked or misaligned teeth may be a candidate for invisible braces, a smile consultation would need to be carried out by the dentist to discuss options and treatment needs, and to check you are an ideal candidate for this treatment. 

How Does The Invisalign Process Work?

The process begins with a comprehensive exam by an Invisalign-certified dentist or orthodontist. This initial evaluation helps determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment and allows your doctor to develop a personalized plan for achieving your desired smile.

From there, the dentist will take impressions and photographs of your mouth in order to create 3D images used to design custom-made aligners.

How Does Invisalign Feel?

When Invisalign first goes on, it can feel strange or slightly uncomfortable. This feeling will usually go away after a few days as the patient gets used to wearing them. The aligners fit snugly over the teeth and may cause slight pressure when they are initially placed on the teeth. However, this pressure should quickly subside as the patient adjusts to wearing them.

How Long Will Your Treatment Take?

The length of invisible braces treatment depends on the complexity of your case and how well you follow your dentists instructions. In general, it takes around 12 months for adults to complete their treatment with invisible braces. However, some cases may take longer or shorter depending on the severity of your teeth.

How Much Do These Clear Braces Cost?

The cost of invisible braces can vary greatly depending on the individual’s needs and the complexity of their case. Generally, however, the cost of invisible braces is typically much less than traditional metal brackets and wires. For example, a full set of clear aligners can cost anywhere from £3000 to £6000 depending on the individual’s specific needs and how long the treatment will take. A quote from your dentist will be given at your smile consultation. 

What Happens After Invisalign Treatment Is Completed?

Once the Invisalign treatment is completed, your teeth will be in their new positions and you’ll have a beautiful, straight smile. Your orthodontist or dentist may suggest that you wear a retainer to help keep your teeth from shifting back to their original positions. Retainers come in two types- removable and fixed. Removable retainers are typically made of clear plastic and fit over the entire arch of teeth, while fixed retainers are bonded to the back side of the upper and lower teeth. This will be discussed when you have your assessment. 

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