Invisalign has revolutionised orthodontic treatment, allowing you to transform your smile discreetly and comfortably. It uses a series of virtually invisible custom-made aligners to gradually straighten your teeth without the need for metal wires or brackets.
Each aligner is worn for around two weeks, for between 20 and 22 hours a day, and they should only be removed for eating, brushing and contact sports. At Total Orthodontics we offer the original and much-loved Invisalign brace, as well as Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Lite and the newest member of the family: Invisalign i7.
Advantages of Invisalign®
If you’re considering orthodontic treatment but don’t like the thought of fixed braces, then clear aligners could prove the ideal solution. Our patients love the fact that they’re practically invisible, and because they are removable you’ll find it easy to brush and floss your teeth as normal throughout your treatment.
I love the fact that not many people realise that I am wearing braces.
Jane, former patient
What’s more, you’ll be able to see your finished smile before you even start wearing your aligners. Using ClinCheck® computer software your specialist orthodontist can show you a representation of how your teeth should look once your treatment is complete. You can also see how your smile will change throughout your treatment.
Disadvantages of Invisalign®
Because Invisalign is removable it can often be tempting to take your aligners out for increasing periods of time. However, your teeth will only move while you’re wearing your brace, so it’s really important to wear it for at least 20 hours every day. If you think this will prove difficult, you may be better suited to a fixed brace.
Other invisible braces
Another disadvantage is that it’s not suitable for everyone. Some types of tooth movement prove too much for aligners and in these cases we’d recommend clear braces or lingual braces as discreet alternatives.
Thankfully though, Invisalign keeps getting better and the newest evolution is able to treat mild, moderate and complex cases. This is in part thanks to the introduction of ‘attachments’. These are small tooth-coloured buttons that we attach to your teeth to give us more control.
Cost of Invisalign®
Invisalign® i7 from £1,350 or £45 a month
Invisalign® Lite from £1,945 or £64.84 a month
Invisalign® Teen from £4,800 or £160 a month
Our Invisalign costs are fully inclusive, and treatment includes two years of follow-up care once you’ve finished wearing your aligners. You’ll also receive customised fixed and removable retainers to ensure your teeth stay straight and you keep smiling.