Many patients come to us looking for an improvement in the appearance of their smile but are concerned about the appearance of the braces. Often these are professional people with jobs that involve face to face interaction with customers or the public. It is therefore important that they have confidence in their appearance, especially their smile. Wearing a traditional visible brace for months is simply not an option for them. This is where Invisalign aligners offer an alternative way to have teeth straightened with a virtually invisible brace. If you are looking for Invisalign in Glasgow please contact us today!
Invisalign differs from a traditional brace that is attached to the front of the teeth. It is made up of a series of 'aligners'; thin, transparent plastic mouth guards that are worn 24 hours a day excluding eating and drinking. When in the mouth they are virtually invisible to the untrained eye!
Invisalign treatment often takes the same amount of time as a traditional brace to complete the treatment depending on the amount of tooth movement required and how well the aligners are worn (6-18 months). We prefer Invisalign for less complex treatment (smile makeovers and simple bite correction) in patients who are not looking for the ‘Hollywood smile’ but just an improvement in their current situation. This is because we find Invisalign is not as effective as our fixed-on braces.
Invisalign is virtually undetectable once in a mouth, however we often need to place small attachments to the teeth to allow the aligners to move the teeth effectively. Although discreet, these attachments are visible, similar to our clear fixed braces.
|invisible?||Yes||Attachments are visible|
|Suitable for all treatments?||Yes||Simple treatment only|
|Treatment times||6-18 months||6-18 months|
|Affects speech?||Slightly in first few weeks||Slightly in first few weeks|
|Requires ‘stripping’ of teeth?||Occasionally||In most cases|
|Delivers predictable results?||Yes||Sometimes requires further modification|
The Invisalign system is a pair of dental aligners (one for each arch) made from thermoplastic resin, which are 0.3mm thick. They look like thin, plastic mouth guards.
Invisalign aligners are manufactured using advanced digital technology. At your first appointment, we create a 3D digital image of your teeth using a hand-held scanner. This produces a computer-generated treatment plan that shows how your teeth will move throughout the course of treatment. The great benefit of this is that you can see how your smile will look after using Invisalign before the work begins.
We send this digitally-created plan to the Invisalign technicians at their laboratory in Mexico. They use the information to 3D-print your sets of aligners – the number you will need depends on how serious the misalignment is. Each aligner is custom-made to uniquely fit the profile of your teeth and gums.
Inside the aligners, there are pressure points that gently nudge the teeth into position. You wear each set for 7-10 days, until the feeling of pressure has worn off. You then exchange them for the next set in the series, until you have completed the whole batch.
You will need to come in to see us for a check-up about every six weeks during your treatment, so we can make sure that everything is progressing as it should.
The aligners are removable, but be aware that you need to wear them for 20-22 hours a day to make sure that they are effective.
There is an adjustment period when you begin treatment. Some patients report that their speech is affected, or that the aligners feel uncomfortable at first. There will, of course, be a feeling of pressure throughout the treatment, that is how you know the aligners are working. However, if it feels too painful, you may need to take over-the-counter painkillers until you adjust.
Any issue should wear off within the first month. If it doesn't, come and see us.
Once we have taken your measurements and created the treatment plan, the majority of the procedure is up to you.
To keep them in good condition, you need to remove the aligners for eating and cleaning. This is necessary if you don't want them to stain. Anything but plain water may cause the trays to blemish.
Gently clean the aligners with your toothbrush and toothpaste after each meal. If there is food or drink residue on the trays your teeth will soak it up and it may cause decay. Also brush and floss your teeth after each meal.
This is the key benefit of Invisalign – it has an incredibly low impact on your life. Apart from adding an extra process to your daily oral health care routine and the need to remember to change each set of aligners when they have done their job, there is little else to take care of. Many patients tell us that they forget they are wearing Invisalign.
This means that you won't be subjected to stares, comments and questions from strangers about your teeth and you can go about your daily business as normal.
If you do have an extra special occasion to attend, such as a wedding or job interview, it is possible to remove the trays for an hour or two, though don't make a habit of this, as they need to be in at least 20 hours a day to do their work.
An additional unexpected benefit that patients also sometimes report is that they lose weight when wearing Invisalign. Because the aligners need to be removed for eating and cleaning, this brings awareness to when and what you eat and cuts down or cuts out mindless snacking. Great if you work in an office where cakes and biscuits are always on offer.
Yes. All orthodontic treatment requires the patient to wear a retainer indefinitely afterwards to make sure the teeth don't drift back into their old position. We can fit you with a bonded retainer or you can have a removable one.
Please get in touch with us if you would like more information on any of our Invisalign in Glasgow.