Invisalign in London
Do you want a straighter smile but feel embarrassed about getting braces?
Digitally-manufactured clear removable aligners are becoming an increasingly popular teeth-straightening system because they are almost invisible and can be taken out whenever you need to and replaced without the need for an appointment.
There are many versions of clear aligners now on the market, but by far the most popular and the one with the longest track record is Invisalign. Made of clear colourless soft plastic, they fit over teeth like a gum shield, gradually straightening teeth over time, with no wires involved making them much more discreet.
The Invisalign process
Teeth are scanned using a digital scanner, and the scan is sent to Invisalign’s laboratories. There, the movement of teeth toward their aligned positions is digitally (or virtually) formulated, and the full movement is broken down into smaller stages.
The virtual treatment plan is checked, modified, and finally approved by our specialist orthodontists at Elite Orthodontics London. A sequence of Invisalign aligners is then created to match these smaller stages.
These aligners are designed to be worn in stepwise sequence and each aligner moves the teeth by a small amount in the desired directions. You will need to wear the aligners most of the time and only take them out to brush your teeth or eat. This is important, as removing your Invisalign too regularly will impact on how successful the treatment is.
This is one option for teeth straightening but if more complex movements or bite corrections are needed then you may be advised of alternative options.
Information about Invisalign London
Clear aligners such as Invisalign look like small, lightweight gum shields that are made of a colourless thin plastic material.
Previously, they were made from impressions of the teeth; but here at Elite Orthodontics London, we use the latest scanning technology to record the teeth. This is a much less invasive and uncomfortable way of taking impressions and offers incredibly accurate results.
The scans are transmitted to Invisalign’s North American labs, and they use the scans to create a virtual treatment plan for correct movement of teeth into an ideal arrangement.
Once the treatment plan is checked and approved by our orthodontists, a series of aligners are manufactured and sent over to us.
These aligners are worn almost full time over the treatment period, each one bringing about a minor change to the bite until gradually the treatment goal is achieved.
The great thing about this type of brace is that it is almost invisible, meaning it is the perfect option for working professionals and adults who might want to be more discreet about their orthodontic treatment.
Who can benefit from Invisalign London?
Opting for Invisalign in London is also a great choice for people who have previously had orthodontic treatment with fixed braces, but their teeth have moved again. However, there are a number of reasons why you may choose to go for Invisalign treatment, including if you have:
- An overbite
- An underbite
- Crowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
- An open bite
- A crossbite
Although extremely popular with adults, Invisalign works just as effectively with children and teenagers. In fact, many of our Invisalign patients are younger and wherever appropriate, our specialist orthodontists at Elite Orthodontics London will offer the option of clear aligners to younger patients.
‘Barely there’ smile correction
There are other benefits too: you can remove Invisalign for eating and for flossing or brushing your teeth, and of course occasionally for a couple of hours for important social occasions!
Many of our patients who use Invisalign have commented that their friends and colleagues have not noticed that they are wearing orthodontic appliances, so you could complete a whole course of orthodontic treatment imperceptibly.
See also: Clear Braces / Invisalign Questions
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