What Is Invisalign? Discovering an Alternative to Traditional Braces

Invisalign teeth straightening could be the secret to the Hollywood smile you’ve always dreamed about

How often do you smile for a photo and wish your teeth looked straighter? If you’re self-conscious about your smile, don’t panic, you’re not the only one. Not all of us are lucky enough to have perfectly straight teeth. About 40% of Brits are unhappy with their teeth and feel the need to hide their smile.

Looks aren’t everything or even the most important thing in life, but they are indeed beneficial. Business Insider says good-looking people have a greater degree of self-confidence, they get better-paid jobs and are more successful than those who don’t take great care of their appearance. And when it comes to appearance and glamour, Marilyn Monroe said it best — “A smile is the best makeup.”

But if you’re not happy with your teeth, and you’d like them to be straighter, Invisalign is one of the best solutions. But what is Invisalign and how does it compare to traditional adult braces? Here’s everything you need to know.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the world’s first completely clear aligner — the result of twenty years of clinical research. Much like traditional braces, these aligners move your teeth over time to correct misaligned teeth, gaps, crowding, crossbites, underbites, overbites and buck teeth.

These aligners are all about subtlety, with a discreet transparent and removable design. The aligners are almost entirely invisible to the human eye, so you don’t have to worry about anyone noticing them, and you don’t have to feel self-conscious.

Invisalign aligners are tailor-made from a mould of your teeth. They fit so comfortably you’re likely to forget you’ve even got them in. And without the pain that comes with traditional braces, you’ll barely notice as they work their magic through a series of carefully controlled movements.

The Process: How Invisalign Works

Rather than taking a mould of your teeth, your dentist will capture 3D images of your teeth instead. These images will be sent off to Invisalign — along with detailed notes on how the teeth should be moved to correct any dental issues.

Then it all gets very high tech. Invisalign uses the images of your teeth to create a 3D digital model of your teeth. With the help of computer programs, Invisalign technicians will interact with the digital representation of your teeth, moving them into their final, desired position slowly, step by step.

Your dentist will then work with the Invisalign technicians to perfect the series of movements that will straighten your smile. Once they’re happy with the predicted movements of your teeth and the outcome (which they’ll be able to see through the 3D digital model), they’ll start making your aligners.

Your aligners will be sent to your dentist, usually a month or so after you had the first images of your teeth taken. Your dentist will walk you through how to put them the aligners in, what they will do and answer any questions you might have.

You’ll need to change your Invisalign aligner every couple of weeks for up to eighteen months — possibly longer depending on your case. During that time, each tray (aligner) will move your teeth ever so slightly by putting pressure in the right places. The result is a beautiful smile you will be happy to show off.

Who Is Invisalign For?

Invisalign is the perfect solution for anyone who wants or needs their teeth to be straighter. The desire for straight teeth isn’t purely superficial. Studies show that crowded or overlapping teeth can be more challenging to keep clean, resulting in increased tooth decay and gum disease.

Crooked teeth can also cause malocclusion — teeth that don’t come together correctly when your jaws close. This condition can result in issues with swallowing and chewing. It can also place extra stress on your chewing muscles, and you might experience facial pain or migraines. Poor dental alignment can even make it difficult to speak correctly and pronounce certain sounds.

So if you’re experiencing any of these issues, speak to your dentist about Invisalign. It might just be that an aligner can solve your dental problems.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

The length of time required for Invisalign to work its magic will vary depending on your particular situation and needs. The whole process can take anywhere from six months to a year and a half. Your dentist will be able to give you a more detailed and personalised estimate during your consultation.

Advantages of Invisalign over Traditional Braces

Here at Tooth Club, we work with Invisalign every day and see it as a much better option than traditional braces. Here are some of the advantages of Invisalign, which we’ve noticed:

Invisalign Is More Comfortable Than Braces

Traditional braces fit on top of the teeth, which can feel uncomfortable against your lips and cause pain. Invisalign doesn’t cause any chaffing, thanks to its smooth and flexible design which fits perfectly to your teeth.

Invisalign Aligners Are Practically Invisible

Metal braces aren’t the most attractive dental treatment. Invisalign aligners are almost completely invisible, and fit so well around your teeth they’re barely noticeable. You’ll be able to wear the aligners without feeling self-conscious about your appearance.

Invisalign Achieves More Predictable Tooth Movement

Invisalign aligners achieve 75% more predictable tooth movement than traditional braces. This is because the tooth movement can be tested first on the digital model of your teeth. So with Invisalign, you can expect great results.

The Invisalign Process Is Painless

Traditional metal braces can be painful at several stages of the tooth-straightening journey. But Invisalign is completely painless from start to finish. By taking images rather than moulds, you won’t feel any discomfort during the planning process. And the aligners only use slight movements to reposition your teeth — so you won’t be in any pain. Once the process finishes, you also don’t have to go through any removal pain — you simply take the aligner out.

Limitations of Invisalign (When Invisalign Isn’t for You)

At Tooth Club, we recognise Invisalign as the best method of teeth straightening, but we’d be the first to say that clear aligners aren’t suitable for everyone. If you have a particularly badly aligned bite, you might not be a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign is not always very effective in aligning molars, due to the fact these particular teeth have deep roots.

We should also mention that while the removability of the aligners is one of the best features of Invisalign if you regularly remove them and misplace them, you could seriously delay the orthodontic progress. So if you tend to get a bit forgetful, Invisalign may not be for you.

How Much Do Invisalign Braces Cost?

We offer a free Invisalign consultation during which we will accurately assess your teeth to let you know how much money you need to invest in treatment. Invisalign usually costs between £3000 and £4000.

However, we are currently offering 50% off Invisalign braces, so you could enjoy these aligners for as little as £1,800.

Do You Want Invisalign Braces? Trust Tooth Club

We have created a lot of glowing smiles over the years, with over 500 Invisalign cases to date. At Tooth Club, we offer flexible payment plans to suit your budget. Start your treatment from £29 a month and spread the cost of your Invisalign treatment with our 0% payment plans. Our qualified and reliable dentists are experienced, friendly and know how to put even the most nervous patient at ease