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Considering Invisalign? How It Works and If It’s Right for You

If your teeth aren’t as straight as you’d like or you have gaps between some teeth, you may be considering ways to improve your smile. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that gradually move your teeth into place over time. Keep reading to learn how Invisalign works and whether it might be the right choice for your smile goals.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth and apply light pressure to move them into straighter positions. Each set of aligners is worn for around 1-2 weeks before switching to the next set in the series, slowly shifting your teeth. Total Invisalign treatment typically ranges from 6 months to 2 years depending on how much movement is needed.

The aligners are removable, meaning you can take them out for eating, brushing and flossing. However, they should be worn for 20-22 hours per day to be effective. Over time, your teeth will shift into the desired position prescribed in your custom Invisalign treatment plan.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign works by breaking down the total movement needed into gradual changes over many aligners printed specifically for your teeth. Here are the general steps for Invisalign treatment:

Records and 3D scan

During your first visit at Chatfield Dental Braces, we’ll take photos, X-rays, and impressions or a digital 3D scan of your teeth. This data is used to create your custom treatment plan.

Aligners ordered Using the records and virtual model of your teeth, a series of custom aligners is ordered from Invisalign to match the exact movements in your treatment plan.

Switch aligners

You’ll begin wearing your first set of aligners. About every 1-2 weeks you’ll switch to the next set of aligners in your series, each one applying light adjusted pressure.

Check-ins

You’ll come in for periodic check-ins so we can monitor your progress and ensure your treatment is tracking properly.

Final position

After your final aligners, you’ll have straighter teeth positioned correctly! You may also receive retainers to help your teeth stay in alignment.

Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign offers various perks compared to traditional braces that many adults find appealing:

  • Clear plastic mixtures in with natural teeth
  • Removable for eating and oral hygiene
  • Less irritation and discomfort
  • Shorter treatment times
  • Digital set-up preview
  • Candidates for Invisalign

While Invisalign has many benefits, it isn’t right for every orthodontic case. In general, good candidates have:

  • Mild to moderate alignment issues
  • Minimal bite problems
  • Enough healthy tooth structure for attachments
  • Discipline to wear aligners 20+ hours per day

More complex cases usually require traditional braces to safely achieve the desired results. Schedule an Invisalign consultation to determine if it could work for your smile. Teens can often use Invisalign as well.

Invisalign Treatment Cost

As a premium clear aligner system, Invisalign costs more upfront than traditional braces. However, since treatment time is often shorter, the overall cost difference is reduced. We also offers reasonable monthly payment plans.

Invisalign treatment generally ranges from $3,000 to $8,000 depending on how long and complex your case is. This includes aligners, retention devices, and all needed dental visits and adjustments. Be sure to ask us for an exact quote tailored to your needs.

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Proper Care For Invisalign Aligners

One important aspect of Invisalign success is properly caring for your aligners. Here are some tips:

Clean aligners daily – Use an Invisalign cleaning system or toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste to gently remove plaque and bacteria that can build up on the aligners, leaving them cloudy. Rinse thoroughly.

Avoid hot temperatures – Don’t soak aligners in hot water, and don’t leave them anywhere they could overheat such as a hot car. The plastic can warp causing them to not fit properly.

Watch what you eat and drink with aligners in – Food and drinks can discolor or stain aligners if you aren’t careful. Either avoid heavily pigmented foods and drinks while wearing aligners, or take extra time to brush and clean them after.

Tracking Your Invisalign Progress

An important part of Invisalign treatment is monitoring your progress to ensure teeth are tracking properly to the planned final position. Here’s what to expect:

Virtual treatment plan and staging – Using the 3D model and scans of your teeth, you’ll be able to preview how each phase of treatment is expected to progress.

Consistent check-ins – Every 4-6 weeks we will have you come in for appointments to examine fit, progress of teeth movement, and any needed adjustments.

Communicate problems immediately – If at any point your aligners seem to not fit correctly, cause discomfort, or something seems off, let us know right away.

Refinements included if needed – Based on your check-ins, refinements to your aligners may be needed if progress gets off track. These are normally included in initial pricing.

Eating and Drinking with Invisalign

Since Invisalign’s aligners are removable, you can take them out to enjoy your favorite foods and beverages. However, extra oral care is needed to prevent damage and stains:

  • Brush and floss after eating with aligners out
  • Rinse aligners before putting back in
  • Be careful with highly pigmented drinks like coffee, tea, wine, soda, etc.
  • Limit caramels, chocolate, etc. which can easily get stuck in braces
  • Cut harder items like apples into smaller pieces if eating with aligners in
  • By being mindful of your eating habits, you’ll keep your aligners clear and effective. Share any difficulties or questions that come up.

Invisalign Tips for Success

To get your best possible outcome with Invisalign’s follow these success tips:

  • Wear aligners 22+ hours a day
  • Use chewies as directed
  • Keep all appointments for toggling and examinations
  • Practice good oral hygiene habits daily
  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Communicate any pain, discomfort or other issues immediately
  • With diligent aligner wear and care, we can work together to reveal your straighter, beautiful smile!

Let us know if you have any other Invisalign questions. We look forward to helping you determine if it could help you meet your smile goals!

Get an Invisalign Consultation

If you’re interested in Invisalign, come in for a consultation! We’ll perform an exam, take records, discuss options, and explain costs and timelines to straighten your smile. Call Chatfield Dental Braces today at 02071834041 to schedule your  Invisalign Cost London.

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