Invisalign teeth straightening could be the secret to the Hollywood smile you’ve always dreamed about
How often do you smile for a photo and wish your teeth looked straighter? If you’re self-conscious about your smile, don’t panic, you’re not the only one. Not all of us are lucky enough to have perfectly straight teeth. About 40% of Brits are unhappy with their teeth and feel the need to hide their smile.
Looks aren’t everything or even the most important thing in life, but they are indeed beneficial. Business Insider says good-looking people have a greater degree of self-confidence, they get better-paid jobs and are more successful than those who don’t take great care of their appearance. And when it comes to appearance and glamour, Marilyn Monroe said it best — “A smile is the best makeup.”
But if you’re not happy with your teeth, and you’d like them to be straighter, Invisalign is one of the best solutions. But what is Invisalign and how does it compare to traditional adult braces? Here’s everything you need to know.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the world’s first completely clear aligner — the result of twenty years of clinical research. Much like traditional braces, these aligners move your teeth over time to correct misaligned teeth, gaps, crowding, crossbites, underbites, overbites and buck teeth.
These aligners are all about subtlety, with a discreet transparent and removable design. The aligners are almost entirely invisible to the human eye, so you don’t have to worry about anyone noticing them, and you don’t have to feel self-conscious.
Invisalign aligners are tailor-made from a mould of your teeth. They fit so comfortably you’re likely to forget you’ve even got them in. And without the pain that comes with traditional braces, you’ll barely notice as they work their magic through a series of carefully controlled movements.
The Process: How Invisalign Works
Rather than taking a mould of your teeth, your dentist will capture 3D images of your teeth instead. These images will be sent off to Invisalign — along with detailed notes on how the teeth should be moved to correct any dental issues.
Then it all gets very high tech. Invisalign uses the images of your teeth to create a 3D digital model of your teeth. With the help of computer programs, Invisalign technicians will interact with the digital representation of your teeth, moving them into their final, desired position slowly, step by step.
Your dentist will then work with the Invisalign technicians to perfect the series of movements that will straighten your smile. Once they’re happy with the predicted movements of your teeth and the outcome (which they’ll be able to see through the 3D digital model), they’ll start making your aligners.
Your aligners will be sent to your dentist, usually a month or so after you had the first images of your teeth taken. Your dentist will walk you through how to put them the aligners in, what they will do and answer any questions you might have.
You’ll need to change your Invisalign aligner every couple of weeks for up to eighteen months — possibly longer depending on your case. During that time, each tray (aligner) will move your teeth ever so slightly by putting pressure in the right places. The result is a beautiful smile you will be happy to show off.
Who Is Invisalign For?
Invisalign is the perfect solution for anyone who wants or needs their teeth to be straighter. The desire for straight teeth isn’t purely superficial. Studies show that crowded or overlapping teeth can be more challenging to keep clean, resulting in increased tooth decay and gum disease.
Crooked teeth can also cause malocclusion — teeth that don’t come together correctly when your jaws close. This condition can result in issues with swallowing and chewing. It can also place extra stress on your chewing muscles, and you might experience facial pain or migraines. Poor dental alignment can even make it difficult to speak correctly and pronounce certain sounds.
So if you’re experiencing any of these issues, speak to your dentist about Invisalign. It might just be that an aligner can solve your dental problems.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
The length of time required for Invisalign to work its magic will vary depending on your particular situation and needs. The whole process can take anywhere from six months to a year and a half. Your dentist will be able to give you a more detailed and personalised estimate during your consultation.
Advantages of Invisalign over Traditional Braces
Here at Tooth Doctor, we work with Invisalign every day and see it as a much better option than traditional braces. Here are some of the advantages of Invisalign, which we’ve noticed:
Invisalign Is More Comfortable Than Braces
Traditional braces fit on top of the teeth, which can feel uncomfortable against your lips and cause pain. Invisalign doesn’t cause any chaffing, thanks to its smooth and flexible design which fits perfectly to your teeth.
Invisalign Aligners Are Practically Invisible
Metal braces aren’t the most attractive dental treatment. Invisalign aligners are almost completely invisible, and fit so well around your teeth they’re barely noticeable. You’ll be able to wear the aligners without feeling self-conscious about your appearance.
Invisalign Achieves More Predictable Tooth Movement
Invisalign aligners achieve 75% more predictable tooth movement than traditional braces. This is because the tooth movement can be tested first on the digital model of your teeth. So with Invisalign, you can expect great results.
The Invisalign Process Is Painless
Traditional metal braces can be painful at several stages of the tooth-straightening journey. But Invisalign is completely painless from start to finish. By taking images rather than moulds, you won’t feel any discomfort during the planning process. And the aligners only use slight movements to reposition your teeth — so you won’t be in any pain. Once the process finishes, you also don’t have to go through any removal pain — you simply take the aligner out.
Limitations of Invisalign (When Invisalign Isn’t for You)
At Tooth Doctor, we recognise Invisalign as the best method of teeth straightening, but we’d be the first to say that clear aligners aren’t suitable for everyone. If you have a particularly badly aligned bite, you might not be a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign is not always very effective in aligning molars, due to the fact these particular teeth have deep roots.
We should also mention that while the removability of the aligners is one of the best features of Invisalign if you regularly remove them and misplace them, you could seriously delay the orthodontic progress. So if you tend to get a bit forgetful, Invisalign may not be for you.
How Much Do Invisalign Braces Cost?
Our Invisalign treatment starts from just £1800, providing you with an affordable path to a straighter, more confident smile. We offer flexible payment options and 0% financing plans to ensure that achieving your dream smile with Invisalign is both cost-effective and convenient.
We have created a lot of glowing smiles over the years, with over 500 Invisalign cases to date. At Tooth Doctor, we offer flexible payment plans to suit your budget. Start your treatment from £38 a month and spread the cost of your Invisalign treatment with our 0% payment plans. Our qualified and reliable dentists are experienced, friendly and know how to put even the most nervous patient at ease.
Why Choose Tooth Doctor for Invisalign Treatment?
With clinics conveniently located in Basildon, Brentwood, and Thurrock, Tooth Doctor brings the artistry of dental experts to your doorstep. Our modern facilities and skilled professionals ensure that your Invisalign experience is exceptional. Unlock the potential of your smile and let your inner confidence shine through with the help of Tooth Doctor clinics.
- Invisalign Experts: Our dental professionals are certified Invisalign experts with extensive experience in orthodontic care. We have successfully treated numerous patients, ensuring exceptional results.
- Bespoke Treatment: We recognise that each patient is unique, and your orthodontic needs are specific to you. Our Invisalign treatment plans are tailored to address your individual concerns, ensuring the best possible outcome.
- Cutting-Edge Technology: Our dental practices are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including 3D scanning and digital planning, to ensure the highest precision and efficiency in your Invisalign treatment.
- Affordability: We understand the importance of making Invisalign accessible to all. Our Invisalign treatment starts from just £1800, providing you with an affordable path to a straighter, more confident smile. We offer flexible payment options and 0% financing plans to ensure that achieving your dream smile with Invisalign is both cost-effective and convenient.
- Comprehensive Consultations: We prioritise open and thorough communication. During your initial consultation, we take the time to understand your goals, explain the Invisalign process, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
- Transparent Treatment Plans: We believe in transparency throughout your Invisalign treatment. You’ll receive a clear treatment plan, outlining each step and the expected timeline, so you know exactly what to expect.
- Convenient Locations: We have multiple conveniently located practices in Basildon, Brentwood and Stanford-le-Hope of Essex & Thurrock, making it easy for you to access our expert Invisalign services.
- Comprehensive Dental Care: In addition to Invisalign, we provide a wide range of dental services, ensuring that all your oral health needs can be met under one roof.
- Proven Results: Tooth Doctor has a track record of delivering exceptional results with Invisalign. See what our patients say below. Countless patients have experienced the life-changing benefits of a straighter smile through our expertise.
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Our Location in Essex and Thurrock
Tooth Doctor proudly serves the community of Essex and Thurrock with three conveniently located dental clinics. Whether you’re in Basildon, Brentwood or Stanford-le-Hope, a top-tier dental experience is just around the corner. The Basildon clinic is situated at 7 Market Pavement SS14 1DD. The Brentwood clinic is at 27 High Street CM14 4RG. The Stanford-le-Hope clinic is at 26 Corringham Rd SS17 0AH. They are all easily accessible both by car and public transportation. With ample parking options and proximity to major transit routes, getting to us for your dental treatments is a breeze. No matter which surrounding area you’re coming from, Tooth Doctor ensures a smooth journey to a brighter smile!
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