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Invisalign Treatment – Associated Costs and Process Explained

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Invisalign Clear Aligners might seem like they’ve been part of the orthodontic toolbox for a while now, but as an innovation in the market, Invisalign treatment is still pretty new. Mainstream acceptance didn’t happen until 2004. Nowadays, clear aligners account for 6% of teen orthodontics and 31% of adult orthodontics.

Invisalign treatment is getting traction and is here to stay. This article will guide you through the treatment plan’s stages and overall cost.

Invisalign Treatment - Fast Facts

Holding Invisalign

As a starting point for our discussion, we wanted to cover some quick facts to show how effective Invisalign can be as an orthodontic treatment.

  • Invisalign requires minimal “hardware”, making it the preferred choice over traditional fixed braces for over 12 million people worldwide.
  • Invisalign is a revolutionary treatment when it comes to dental care. It uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth incrementally.
  • When it comes to wearing braces, unlike traditional ones, Invisalign is practically invisible. This way, adults and teens not wishing to draw attention to their treatment can do so.
  • Invisalign treatment has multiple applications. You can undergo this treatment to treat issues such as crowding, spacing, or rotated teeth, all geared toward helping you have the perfect smile.

Invisalign Treatment - Process Explained

Invisalign Process

The process starts, as you would expect, with an initial consultation. With your Invisalign orthodontist, a fast and precise 3D digital scan of your teeth will be taken to determine your Invisalign braces and make any treatment refinements.

Using iTero technology, your specialist orthodontist will be able to show you exactly what your teeth will look like after your Invisalign treatment is complete.

First Fitting and Beyond

It might take up to three weeks for the first set of clear aligners to arrive. Once they do, it is time for you to return to the practice and have your first fitting.

At this stage, your private orthodontist will ensure your aligners fit well, examine your smile, and ensure the highest standards are met. At the end of the session, you will be told exactly what to expect, and treatment time will be discussed.

Once you are done with the first fitting, you can start wearing your aligners. Many patients need to remember the importance of regular check-ups. However, your doctor will bring this to your attention and guide you through the process using the DentalMonitoring App & Invisalign Virtual care.

These check-ups are essential to ensure you are making progress, pick a new batch of aligners when needed and discuss treatment options.

Smile Refinement Along the Way

You might be at the end of your Invisalign treatment. However, a teeth inspection will still be needed to make sure that all the hard work you have done is in order. Bear in mind that sometimes a few teeth might still need adjustments.

This is a regular occurrence, so there is no cause for concern. Many patients need adjustments to be made at the end of their treatment. Invisalign themselves know this to be quite common. This is why any refinement trays that are needed are sent at no additional charge.

Maintaining Your Smile

Once your treatment is complete, you will reach an eventual retainer stage. Your jaw bones need to be given time to solidify around your new teeth placement after all.

We recommend using Invisalign’s Vivera retainers. These are similar to their other trays but are more durable and a little thicker.

It is highly recommended that you wear your retainer for a few months immediately after completing your treatment. As an Invisalign provider, we will let you know when you need to wear the retainer.

Costs Associated With Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign Costs

Once you decide to undergo Invisalign treatment, the objective is for you to have the perfect smile suited to your needs. More so, as orthodontic treatments go, this option is less invasive than metal braces and much more pleasing to the eye.

You have to bear in mind that when you start the process, you are paying for a product and the guidance, expertise, and type of care that specialist orthodontists can provide.

We agree that the subject of Invisalign cost is a thorny issue for most people considering going down this road. Invisalign costs vary depending on the severity of your dental misalignment, the duration of your treatment and how complex is the type of correction you are looking for.

Of course, all these factors are determined in consultation with your specialist and from then on, you will know your overall Invisalign treatment cost precisely.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Okay, let’s get down to numbers. First, we must highlight how important it is for you to work with a qualified team of orthodontists who can offer you the treatment and support you need.

Invisalign UK costs range between £1,500 and £7,500. As we mentioned earlier, the final costs depend on various factors.

Invisalign prices, in the case of an adult looking to see results in about 12 to 18 months and needing upper and lower teeth adjustments, would incur an estimated cost of £5,000 for the entire treatment. You can see our fee guide below.

18 Months of Aligners
3 Years of Aligners
5 Years of Aligners
Standard Wire Retainer
Memotain™ Wire Retainer
Standard Plastic Retainer (1 set)
Vivera™ Plastic retainer (3 sets)
Dental Monitoring
Tooth Whitening
Price T2 £4000 £4750 £5750 £4500 £3000
Price T1 N/A £5250 £6250 £5250
18 Months of Aligners
3 Years of AlignersXX
5 Years of AlignersXX
Standard Wire RetainerXXXX
Memotain™ Wire RetainerX
Standard Plastic Retainer (1 set)XXX
Vivera™ Plastic retainer (3 sets)XX
Dental MonitoringXXXXX
Tooth WhiteningX
Price T2£4000£4750£5750£4500£3000
Price T1N/A£5250£6250£5250

As can be seen from our fee guide, treatment prices vary. However, one thing to note is the possibility of spreading the cost of your treatment with a monthly payment plan. You’ll be able to learn more about our finance options available here.

Invisalign Treatment - Bottom Line

Invisalign patient & orthodontist

We hope you have noticed the differences between conventional braces and Invisalign clear aligners. With the advanced technology and guidance you receive with this treatment, getting your teeth straightened has never been easier. Most of all, Invisalign is an option with minimal disruption to your day-to-day life.

As a way to conclude this article, we wanted to highlight some final key benefits of Invisalign:

  • There is no age limit.
  • Results are visible because nothing is obstructing the tooth movement improvements.
  • It is suitable for various problems, from crooked and misaligned teeth to crossbite and open bite.
  • Because Invisalign uses removable braces, dental hygiene is a hassle-free process.
  • Invisalign payment plans make the cost of treatment more affordable.
  • You need fewer appointments with your orthodontist versus traditional braces.

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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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