Are you currently thinking about getting Invisalign in Essex, and researching all about it? If yes, then you probably have a wealth of questions that you need answering, which is why we’ve put together some in-depth content for you to help you to fully understand Invisalign and get those questions answered. So read on to start learning all the essential information that you need to know.

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What is Invisalign?

Before getting into the more technical side of Invisalign, let’s take some time to clarify exactly what it is.

Invisalign is a series of Aligners (retainers) that are clear, discrete and effective. Firstly, the sole purpose is to align and straighten the wearer’s teeth. Being one of the most invisible solutions on the market, it’s no surprise to read of their meteoric rise in the last 10 years. 

Invisalign is not only a product but a brand, created in California by Align Technology, they offer a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. To be worn for at least 20 hours a day one of the many benefits of choosing Invisalign is that they are removable.  Although the time they are removed should be kept to a minimum it makes eating and cleaning much easier in comparison to its metal alternative. 

Invisalign came onto the market in 1997 and was invented by Align Tehnology, by a couple of graduates students at Stanford University who had had traditional braces in order to correctly align their teeth, and decided that there must be a better way of doing it.

Ironically, when Invisalign was first introduced to the world of Orthodontics, it received a somewhat frosty reception, with many not keen to give it a try as they were still stuck in the old, traditional way of doing things.

However, as use of Invisalign became more widespread and patients started to report on their satisfaction with the system and some great results that they had achieved with it, Orthodontics slowly but surely started to accept the system and support it, recommending it more to their patients.

From those humble beginnings, the growth of Invisalign has been dramatic – by 2004 more than 175,000 patients were using the system, and today more than some 8 million patients have used Invisalign to achieve dramatic improvements to their teeth alignment and rectify other issues.

The success of Invisalign is certainly in part down to the fact that it really shook up an industry that had been using braces technology that had seen very few real advancements in all the years since it was first introduced.

Invisalign completely overhauled the dentistry profession and made it possible for people who had not previously wanted to use metal braces, for whatever reason, to use a new system to get the straighter teeth that they craved.

One of the main advantages that Invisalign brought to the table is the convenience and added flexibility of being able to remove the aligners from the mouth when eating and sleeping – something that has really revolutionised the industry and provided a better and more appealing solution for millions of people worldwide.

It’s this kind of innovation that has enabled Invisalign to redefine the industry in recent years, leading to a better and more satisfying service for patients and dentists alike.

Who is Invisalign treatment for?

If you are currently considering Invisalign, it’s most probably because you have an existing dental problem or issue that you are seeking a solution for. So an important question that needs answering for you is whether or not Invisalign is going to effectively resolve your problem for you. 

Let’s try and clear up that for you now. 

The truth is that Invisalign treatment can be a great solution for both adults and teens looking for a virtually invisible method to improve their smile. The innovations and technological advancements built into Invisalign make it possible for the system to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues. 

This ranges from everything from simple to very complex problems that you might have with your teeth — and the best thing is it does it all without interrupting your busy life. 

One key thing that you should be aware of, is that Invisalign is an incredibly flexible and versatile solution available to you – not least of all because it’s very customisable to your specific issues and circumstances. 

This is down to the fact that you get Digital X-Rays of your teeth done prior to starting the treatment, and then custom aligners are created for you that match your specific teeth – meaning that the aligners can be created with your specific problems in mind. All this means that whatever you are currently struggling with – there’s a good chance that there’s an Invisalign solution for you.

How exactly does Invisalign work?

To start with, perhaps the most important and significant thing about Invisalign aligners that makes them such as attractive proposition for anyone who wants to straighten their teeth, is that they are virtually invisible! 

The other key thing is that they are custom-made for your teeth and moulded to your exact specifications after digital X-rays are taken of your teeth, so you have your very own personalised set of Invisalign aligners. 

The key concept to understand about how the Invisalign system works, is that you actually get a series of progressive aligner trays to insert into your mouth that gradually shift your teeth into a new position over time. Each of the custom trays that you receive is manufactured so that they are slightly straighter than the previous tray, with your teeth typically move up to 0.25 mm per tray. 

You get a new set of trays every 2 weeks during your treatment, each new set of aligners progressively moves your teeth further and further into the agreed ideal position until eventually you have the teeth that you have always dreamed off. 

Another key aspect of Invisalign is the technology and innovation that supports it. Again this represents a huge step forward from the traditional metal braces that were used within the industry for so many years. 

The big difference with Invisalign is that it utilises powerful digital technology to make the process of teeth alignment much more sophisticated and technologically advanced. One prime example of this is the iTero 3D Scanner used during the treatment – this creates a 3D image of your teeth in minutes and incorporates the Outcome Simulator which enables you to see your new smile right there on the screen before you even commence with the treatment. Now that’s what we call a modern, sophisticated way of getting a better smile for yourself! 

What’s the Invisalign process?

If you’re thinking about getting Invisalign treatment, then it’s vital that you know about the process and how long it all takes. This is one of the key components of your treatment that you’ll need to take into account. That’s why we’ve decided to break down the process for you below in a simple and easy to follow format. Let’s go through that process now. 

We have broken down the process into 7 distinct stages. These processes consist of the following:

  • Research
  • Selecting the right dentist
  • The Invisalign Consultation
  • Your Custom Plan
  • Your custom aligners
  • What happens after your treatment?
  • Timeline of the process