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:
- Selecting the right dentist
- The Invisalign Consultation
- Your Custom Plan
- Your custom aligners
- What happens after your treatment?
- Timeline of the process
If you would like detailed information into each of these various stages of the Invisalign process, then have a read of our blog post specifically on the topic of the Invisalign process, which goes into significantly more detail.
For the purposes of this more generic Invisalign guide though, all we need say about the process here is that it can be broken down into the above stages, and you should focus on making sure that you learn about each of these important steps before committing to any kind of Invisalign treatment.
If you focus on these key areas, then you can’t really go wrong. You’ll have most of the really vital information on Invisalign treatment available to you, enabling you to make a well informed decision.
Does Invisalign hurt?
This is a question that we get asked all the time about Invisalign, for obvious reasons. The short answer is that providing you have a well-qualified and experienced Invisalign practitioner carrying out your treatment for you, then pain should be kept to an absolute minimum, and shouldn’t be anything to worry about.
We have a more in-depth and detailed post about Invisalign pain that you can read if you want lots more specific information on this area of Invisalign.
But for now all we need say in this post, is that one of the great things about Invisalign is that it’s relatively pain free compared to traditional braces. One of the key reasons is that there’s no rubbing with Invisalign against your cheeks and mouth. This means that Invisalign is generally more comfortable than alternative treatments.
Any pain that you do experience from Invisalign should be minor and relatively short-lived. This minor pain comes from the fact that Invisalign is progressively shifting your teeth into their new alignment.
Whenever your teeth are shifted or moved, there is inevitably at least a little discomfort. Most of this discomfort will tend to come in the first few days of wearing new aligners though. After that once the aligners start the process of realigning the teeth, any pain tends to be to an absolute minimum.
What kind of results can you expect with Invisalign?
One of the great things about Invisalign is that because is it custom-fitted to your specific teeth and requirements, it can be used to treat a common range of issues that you might currently have, including overcrowding, wide or irregularly-spaced teeth, underbite, overbite or cross-bite.
It’s widely accepted within the industry that Invisaign is a fantastic system that can achieve some truly remarkable results for patients for most if not all of these problems – but like most people, I’m sure you want to see the results for yourself in the form of before and after photos.
We don’t blame you!
Here are some photos that we have from patients who have already been through Invisalign treatment, so you can see for yourself the astonishing results that can be obtained with this revolutionary form of dental treatment.
Want to see more? No problem – we actually have a dedicated Invisalign before and after blog post, which provides more information and detail in this specific area of Invisalign.
Seeing images like this is perhaps the most exciting and educational way of determining for yourself whether Invisalign is the right road to go down for your teeth and smile – and don’t forget that one of the amazing features of the Invisalign system is that you’ll also be able to see a visual imagery preview of your new smile – courtesy of the iTero technology that is an integral part of the Invisalign system.
What maintenance is required with Invisalign?
Whichever specific form of treatment you opt for to address any current issues you have with your teeth alignment, the process of straightening is invariably a lengthy one that typically comprises many months of continual treatment in order to get the results you require.
This is where Invisalign treatment can provide you with another key advantage – another great feature of the Invisalign system is that it required minimal maintenance and upkeep throughout the duration of your treatment.
In fact, Invisalign themselves have developed an easy to follow and simple Cleaning System that you can follow, which involves running through a pre-determined set of cleaning and maintenance tasks each week to ensure you keep your aligners in tip-top condition throughout the course of your treatment.
The official advice from Invisalign regarding their aligners is that the best way to clean them is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water and using the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or special cleaning tablets that you can purchase.
In addition to maintenance of the aligners themselves, it’s also important that you brush your teeth after each meal before re-inserting the aligners to maintain good oral hygiene.
Follow this simple and easy advice and you should find that your aligners stay clean and healthy for maximum effectiveness throughout your treatment.
There are a host of accessories and additional tools available to supplement your Invisalign aligners and which should help your treatment to run smoothly without any issues. For example, aligner storage cases can be purchased in a range of various colours, and you can even purchase cases with fancy and striking patterns and designs – as you can probably tell by now, this is all a far cry from the old days when traditional braces where hardly seen as stylish and trendy – Invisalign has truly brought teeth alignment into the modern era in style and these days you can get a better smile whilst still looking your best and feeling super confident at the same time!
In addition to a range of aesthetic add-ons, you can also purchase cleaning kits that are specifically designed to help you clean and maintain your Invisalign aligners – so you needn’t worry about keeping them in top condition whilst you’re using them to get the smile of your dreams.
What are the costs of Invisalign?
Like most things in life, cost is always going to be an important consideration when deciding whether or not to take the plunge and opt for Invisalign, so it’s important to understand what those costs are likely to be, and get some reliable information about paying options that might be available to fund your purchase of Invisalign.
The first thing to say is that it’s generally agreed within the industry that Invisalign is something that should be readily accessible to anyone who feels they require it – for many people, it’s a vital cosmetic treatment to their teeth and gums that can play an important role in maintaining a healthy level of confidence and self-esteem in their everyday life. Therefore it’s important that as much is done as possible to provide suitable financial support to people who want to purchase Invisalign but might struggle to make the full payment upfront.
With this in mind, most practices will always offer some form of finance enabling you to spread the cost of your Invisalign treatment over a number of months.
Many offer interest-free payments if you spread the cost over 12 months, with longer terms available which will typically occur some form of interest being added to the total cost of your treatment.
This does however make the treatment very affordable, with monthly payments being reduced to as little as only around £36 a month in some cases – something that serves to make Invisalign treatment assessible to many people, regardless of their individual circumstances.
Two of the key areas when going into significant detail regarding the costs of Invisalign are Invisalign Finance, and also what kinds of offers might be available on Invisalign treatments that you can take advantage of in order to reduce the overall cost of your Invisalign treatment.
The various Invisalign treatment packages
Something that not everyone is immediately aware of, is that there are actually 4 different versions of Invisalign that you get to choose from, depending on your specific requirements and needs.
Your fully trained and experienced dental professional will be able to take you through each of these options and carry out a full consultation for you that will determine which option is the best fit for you, but for now it’s worth touching on what’s included in each of the various Invisalign packages and how this is likely to affect the overall cost of your treatment.
Here are the 4 different packages for you to take a look at:
As you can see, depending on the treatment that is most appropriate for you, costs are going to be anything within the £1,000 – £3,000 upwards range.
Note that these are just a general guide for you at this stage, and we fully recommend consulting a dental professional if you would like to get a much more accurate and personalised pricing for your Invisalign treatment, as they’ll be able to fully assess your unique teeth and base a quotation on your very specific needs.
Note of course that the final option listed above is only for teenagers and does not apply for adults.
Invisalign Teen is a specially designed option for young adults that takes into account the fact that their teeth are constantly shifting as they grow and develop. The Teen treatment includes six complimentary replacements for dental aligners, as well as extras such as tooth eruption tabs. It’s a great option for younger people because the unlimited aligners allow for lots of flexibility and complete control over the treatment.
It’s fair to presume that you’re reading this eBook as you want to get straighter teeth and improve your smile, so you might be wondering exactly what the key differences are between traditional braces and Invisalign, when it comes to achieving this outcome?
Wonder no more, as in this section we run-down the key differences between the two, and have compiled a handy checklist for you so that you can understand these differences clearly and be fully informed before deciding if Invisalign is definately the best option for you.
You might have a host of valid questions here about the two different forms of treatment, such as which is more effective and how do the costs compare between the two? Ultimately you want to choose the treatment that is most likely to be highly effective and get you the smile you want, even if you end up paying a bit more. It really is all about results that could affect you for the rest of your life, so this is not the time to cut costs or corners.
Note that one of the key things here is that it’s possible that Invisalign might not even be an option for you. If you need to address issues with your back teeth, or need to rotate teeth or move them vertically, then Invisalign may not be suitable for you.
This is why it’s critical to enlist the help of a fully-trained professional who has lots of experience with both traditional braces and Invisalign. They will assess your individual circumstances and needs and then can recommend the most effective solution to perfect your smile and teeth.
So moving on, here’s our checklist of the benefits of Invisalign compared to traditional braces:
We have some further more detailed information specifically on Braces Vs Invisalign For Overbite Treatment in a seperate article – do have a read through that specifically if overbite is relevant for you.
Should you consider At-Home Aligner systems?
Chances are if you are currently considering Invisalign, you may have come across various alternative at-home treatments that promise to get similar results to the Invisalign system in terms of aligning your teeth and improving your overall smile.
We thought it was only right to quickly speak about these types of treatments and provide some information on them in this guide, as they are effectively an alternative to Invisalign after all and it’s important that you know exactly what they can and can’t do and there specific strengths and weaknesses, so that you can make the most informed and educated decision possible.
At home aligners do work in a similar way to the proper Invisalign treatments you can get through the dentist. Before the aligners can be made for your teeth, you need to get impressions of your teeth done. This can be done in one of two ways – either using an at-home impressions kit – or you can visit a clinic to get the initial impressions done.
Once your impressions have been done, then the aligner kit will be sent to you in the post. It will typically come with instructions and a plan that you have to follow.
You do need to be careful though if you are thinking of opting for at-home treatment such as this – there are a number of pitfalls that you need to be wary of with these formats of treatments.
You can find out much more detail about this and other issues surrounding at-home aligner treatments and what to watch out for in a separate blog post of ours covering solely focusing on at-home treatments.
The Invisalign in Essex treatment
Before your care pathway is agreed, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to check they are fit for Invisalign. Unfortunately, in some cases, Invisalign is not possible and a traditional brace will be required.
Once confirmed and treatment plan is agreed your first course of aligners will be made. As you progress through treatment the aligners will slowly move your teeth to the desired positions. Initially, you may experience some discomfort, all this is very normal and will gradually wear off after the first few weeks.
Treatment times vary from case to case, depending on complexity. At Simply Teeth your goals and concerns will be taken into account and we make sure to be upfront with treatment length. Be aware that the agreed treatment length is subject to change. Teeth can be a challenge to work with and don’t always move as expected.
Regular check-ups will be required, it allows your dentist to keep an eye on your teeth. At these appointments, you may be informed you need Invisalign refinements. Small adjustments that are needed to achieve your perfect smile.
Eventually, after treatment you will be issued a retainer to be worn at night. This keeps your teeth in place, eventually you will have to replace these too.
Making the right choice about Invisalign in Essex
When deciding who to choose it is important to know your options. Most Importantly, a look at Invisalign’s website which has a full list of all licensed practitioners.
Simply Teeth provides you with what we believe is the best Invisalign service in Essex. From start to finish we have packages that suit everyone. Follow information including our top tips for Invisalign and free teeth whitening on completion of treatment.
All of our treatment costs we explain upfront. A “Six Month Smile Plan” for the upper and lower arch can start from £2000. A full list of prices and payment plans can be seen on our website.
When deciding whether Invisalign is the right method of treatment for yourself it is important to consult your dentist. As mentioned, in some cases your teeth and mouth will not make it possible to receive Invisalign treatment. Teeth at the best of times are a problematic task to deal with and your dentist will know how to get the best results.
Take a look at all of our package options available and find out why we think we are ‘The best Invisalign in Essex’.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this longer-form blog post about Invisalign in Essex, and have found the content educational, informative and useful in terms of helping you to make the right decision about Invisalign.
As you can see, there’s quite a lot to learn and understand about Invisalign and aligners in general, in order to make sure that you get the very most out of the system and achieve the best possible results come the end of your treatment period. We hope this content has helped you to develop that understanding further and moved you closer to the right decision about how to handle any issues you currently have with your teeth and smile.
Of course, we would always recommend that the best course of action is to ultimately seek professional advice and guidance that is specific to your own teeth from a fully-trained and experienced dental professional.
The key thing here is that your teeth are completely unique and individual, and one of the key benefits of Invisalign is that you can alter the exact specifications of the aligners to match your own teeth through digital scanning and checks – meaning that you simply can’t beat going along to your local Invisalign professional now and getting a proper consultaiton done. This is likely to lead to the best overall results for you and achieve a smile for you that you can truly be proud and confident of.
Good luck on your Invisalign journey!