More than 6 million people worldwide have straightened their teeth with Invisalign® – a treatment which uses a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom made to meet the needs of each individual patient.
Have you ever thought about straightening your teeth or wondered how could they look like after treatment?
Try our Smile View and see a simulation of your new smile in 60 seconds!
Take a selfie or upload a photo of yourself to the Meadowbank SmileView experience page by Invisalign and in 60 seconds you'll be able to see your smile transformation.
If you're interested in finding out more at that stage, you can either book a free consultation to discuss your options for treatment or register your details during SmileView experience and our team will be in touch with you. It's as simple as that!
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What is Invisalign?
Simply speaking – it is an aesthetic alternative to fixed braces
Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth without using brackets or wires. Removable Clear Braces (aligners) are used to straighten your teeth quickly and safely. Aligners are changed every one to two weeks, moving your teeth in stages until your teeth are in the desired position. The discreet and comfortable system means you have little or no disruption to your daily life. Invisalign's fully customised nearly invisible aligners are made specifically for you.
This is often a favourable option for people who don't feel comfortable wearing unsightly 'train track' braces for months on end.
Benefits of this type of treatment include having teeth straightened in a generally shortened period of time, straighter teeth and alignment of your top and bottom jaws. You can also enjoy the flexibility of your braces being hidden from an untrained eye, making you feel less self-conscious when socialising or speaking in public. With removable devices you can also take them out to eat or for special occasions, so they fit around your lifestyle.
What can it help with?
It is important to remember that straighter teeth are healthier teeth. When your bite is properly aligned and your teeth are straightened, there are less gaps and areas for food to get trapped and plaque to build up on the teeth, causing decay. In that sense, invisible orthodontics is a long-term investment in your oral health.
Invisalign treatment stages:
Invisalign Consultation - Dental Health Check, Impressions and Clinical Photos.
Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation visit to Dr Padayachee or Dr Pozo who will assess your oral health, making sure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for orthodontic treatment and let you know if any general care is needed (e.g. fillings). You will be able to find out if an Invisalign treatment is suitable for you and ask any questions you may have. We'll also go through the cost of your treatment and our payment options.
An impression of your teeth will be taken along with photographs of your smile.
Clincheck™ video (two weeks later) – appointment to review your digital treatment visualisation.
Invisalign® are the only company that produces a computer image of your smile as it progresses through treatment before you even get your first aligner! You can view your Clincheck™ video at the practice and if you are happy your aligners will be put into production.
Fitting of aligners (two weeks later)
Once your aligners are ready, you will be fitted with your first set, ensuring you are happy with all the instructions about when to wear and how to maintain them. It might be necessary to fit small tooth-coloured buttons to your teeth. These are called Invisalign attachments to help your aligners move them in a particular direction.
You will need to wear each pair of aligners for a 1 to 2 week period before moving on to the next aligners in the sequence. It is important to wear them during the day and night and for between 22- 24 hours each day to ensure the best results
As you wear the aligners over the weeks and months, your teeth will move gradually towards the desired final position. You will need to visit your Dentist every 6 weeks so that they can check the progress of the treatment and provide you with new set of aligners. Usually this is a quick routine appointment to make sure everything is moving as planned. Occasionally we may need to make small adjustments to your teeth or Invisalign braces.
Once your treatment is complete you will be given fixed and / or removable retainers.It is recommended that you wear a retainer after any tooth straightening treatment has finished. This is because teeth can gradually revert to their original position over time.
Interested? Book your free Invisalign consultation.
Treatment length will depend on your personal circumstances and the complexity of your treatment. We will be able to give you a better idea of timing at your initial appointment. The majority of Invisalign treatments take between 6-12 months.
Our Invisalign prices range from £3300 and we also offer a finance option to help make this more affordable.
Invisalign removable braces should be worn all day and all night but removed for eating. Many of our patients say this stops them snacking in between meals and has actually served as a tool for weight loss!
It is okay to drink water with the trays in, but avoid anything else for two reasons:
- Firstly, if you drink tea or coffee with the trays in, they can discolour or hold the drink in contact with your teeth for longer, causing greater discolouration
- Secondly, and most importantly of all, NEVER drink sugary drinks with the trays in. The sugar solution will sit in the tray and before you know it your lovely straight teeth will need fillings
Another benefit of Invisalign is that the trays can be used for whitening gel. Please ask us for details, as we have gels that are designed for this purpose. Do not feel tempted to use over the counter products in your Invisalign trays as this could damage them.
As with any orthodontic treatment, it is common for patients to feel slight discomfort at times. Particularly when aligners are first put in they can feel quite tight. Overall, Invisalign should be more comfortable than standard braces as there are no metal brackets and wires which can often irritate your cheeks and lips.
Similar to treatment with fixed braces after putting your first aligners in your mouth will feel different. This feeling will gradually disappear over couple of days as you get used to wearing your aligners. You may feel different, but your speech will not be affected.