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11 Invisalign Treatment Statistics You Did Not Know About

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Invisalign treatment is a great solution for those who want straight teeth without the experience of traditional metal braces. In the United Kingdom, it has become increasingly popular with teens, children, and adults alike. In fact, statistics show that, as an orthodontic treatment, Invisalign has been steadily increasing in all age groups over the last few years.

In this article, we will be looking at a few Invisalign treatment statistics you should know about. These will help you better understand why so many people are now using this innovative orthodontic treatment option to treat issues such as gapped teeth.

Invisalign Treatment — What Is It?

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Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that helps you get a new smile you can be proud of as easily as possible.

How does Invisalign work? Well, by using a set of clear aligners designed to put no extra strain on your self-confidence as you are undergoing treatment, Invisalign doctors work to solve any orthodontic issues you might have.

Unlike traditional braces, the Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible and easy to use. Daily activities such as eating or brushing teeth are hassle-free as the aligners are easily removed.

Bonus Material: For more information on this type of treatment, you can check out this article from our blog.

The Rise of Invisalign Treatment (overall statistics)

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As mentioned earlier, Invisalign treatment has become increasingly popular in the UK.

In fact, Invisalign is becoming more common among teens and children who want straighter teeth gradually without having to wear traditional braces.

Here are a few general statistics that showcase how popular and practical this treatment truly is:

1: In 2021, Align Technologies (the manufacturer of Invisalign) confirmed that over 10 million people worldwide had undergone this treatment.

2: In a study in 2018 on the level of satisfaction between Invisalign and traditional braces patients, 49% of people surveyed declared that using Invisalign was much better when eating and chewing compared to patients who wore normal braces.

3: The duration of the treatment can vary between 6 to 24 months, and it is typically shorter than the one you need to follow for traditional braces.

4: You can notice some teeth movement with Invisalign in as little as one to three months. More noticeable movement can take up to six months.

Invisalign Treatment — Statistics for Children

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Because of how Invisalign works, many children prefer it as opposed to traditional metal braces. The set of aligners is made of smooth plastic and is designed to fit snugly over the teeth without poking or scratching.

The Invisalign aligners can also be taken out for eating, brushing, and flossing, making them easier to care for than regular braces.

Statistics-wise, we think the ones below clearly highlight how important this particular treatment is for children:

1. Invisalign means less time spent by children in the dentist’s chair. Compared to traditional braces where you would need to have check-ups every 6 weeks, with Invisalign, visits to the dentist are required only every 2-3 months as children can change aligners at home.

2. A 2018 study has found that about a quarter of 12-year-olds in the UK had class II malocclusion (prominent upper front teeth).

3. Even children aged 6 to 10 years old can enjoy the benefits of Invisalign treatment. The advantage of Invisalign at this age is that we can catch problems early and intercept them. The clear aligners help guide the adult teeth into the correct position. So, when all the adult teeth fully erupted (around 12-14 years of age), it’s generally an easier final alignment than complex orthodontics.

Teens and Invisalign Treatment

Many teenagers prefer Invisalign because of the clear aligners it uses. Not only are these more comfortable and user-friendly, but they also don’t draw attention to the process. This helps patients go on with their daily lives with minimal distractions.

Because they are removable, Invisalign Clear aligners can help reduce the risk of marking teeth and gum disease: a common risk with traditional braces.

With busy schedules and exams, the less time out of school for teens, the better! Our Invisalign patients will use monitoring apps such as Dental Monitoring and Invisalign Virtual Care to ensure treatment is progressing remotely rather than having to attend the surgery every 6-8 weeks.

Time for some statistics:

1. Total treatment time can average between 6 and 24 months, depending on the tooth movement required.

2. According to the manufacturer, teenagers using Invisalign for their orthodontic treatment are twice as likely to have a boost in their self-esteem than with fixed braces.

Invisalign Treatment and Its Popularity With Adults

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When it comes to issues such as crowded teeth or preventing tooth wear, many adults in the UK are turning to Invisalign for the solution. Why?

Because Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, removable aligners to resolve the orthodontic issue and the treatment time can be more precise. With the aid of computer modelling, patients know exactly how long each stage of their treatment will take.

Being able to plan ahead represents one of the key factors in adult patients opting for Invisalign when it comes to transforming their smile. We all know that in our adult lives, convenience is key!

Time for some facts:

1. Invisalign treatment doesn’t necessarily take longer for adults compared to younger patients aka children or teenagers. Age is not a determining factor.

2. Results are noticeable in as little as 3 months depending on the complexity of your case.

Bottom Line

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Regardless of age, Invisalign treatment can be an effective and safe option for straightening teeth. In the United Kingdom alone, these are used to treat over 200,000 people each year with great success.

From teens to adults, Invisalign provides a discreet and comfortable way to achieve a straighter smile without sacrificing lifestyle or convenience. If you’re considering it, take comfort in knowing that it has been proven successful time and again by hundreds of thousands of satisfied patients throughout the country.

Most of our patients ask — is Invisalign treatment painful? As an Invisalign Diamond Provider, our team of orthodontists is here to help you rediscover your smile in as comfortable a way as possible. Although teeth are tender as they move into their correct position, we have noticed a decrease in pain complaints compared to the patients using traditional fixed braces.

More so, with the revolutionary Invisalign Virtual Care solution we can even reduce the need for in-person check-ups between appointments. Using the Dental Monitoring app we can access the relevant photos and remotely assess how your treatment is progressing.

So, why not take that all-important first step toward a more confident YOU and book your complimentary smile evaluation today?

Dr Andrew McGregor

Dr Andrew McGregor

Andrew completed his three years of orthodontic specialist training in 2010 gaining his Masters degree and Membership in Orthodontics and has worked at Park Orthodontics since then. As an orthodontic specialist he has treated thousands of patients ranging from simple bite correction in children to complex smile and bite makeovers in adults. Andrew is a member of the British Orthodontic Society, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scottish Orthodontic Specialists Group and the British Lingual Orthodontic Society.

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