Invisalign is now one of the most popular clear aligner teeth straightening treatments, not just in Cardiff, but in the world. With such popularity comes a huge amount of questions. In this article we will delve deep into everything you could possible ask about Invisalign as we lay out 25 commonly asked questions. Let’s get started.
25 Invisalign Questions Answered: The Ultimate Invisalign FAQ
1. What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a revolutionary teeth straightening system that uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth. The system is unlike traditional braces in that you don’t need to have brackets stuck to your teeth. Invisalign’s removable and nearly invisible style have boosted it’s popularity over the past 10 years. Invisalign has been used by more than 5 million people worldwide to transform their smiles.
2. How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to create your new, perfect smile. Firstly you’ll pop into your local dentist where they’ll take some scans of your current teeth. The advanced 3D smile scanning software will then generate a model of how your teeth look. Once this is done, your dentist can create a plan of how each tooth should gradually be moved to give you the perfect smile.
Once both the dentist and patient is happy, this treatment plan is then sent off to the state of the art Invisalign labs where they’ll create your series of aligners. Each set of aligners will be slightly closer to how we want your teeth to eventually look. As your teeth move into the position of one aligner, we’ll move you on to the next set and so on until your new smile is created.
3. How invisible is Invisalign?
Invisalign is very much unnoticeable and almost invisible to the naked eye (unless you are really close up!). here’s an example of how the aligners look so you can get an idea as to just how discrete looking they are.
4. How long per day should I wear Invisalign clear aligners?
It is recommended to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours per day. This gives you plenty of time to remove them whilst eating and brushing/flossing your teeth. If you choose to wear the aligners for less than this amount of time then your treatment time is likely to be increased and so a level of discipline is required!
5. What is the average treatment time for Invisalign?
The average Invisalign treatment time varies dramatically depending on your specific situation. On average it’s likely to take 12-18 months, however, if the level of movement is minor then Invisalign Go can be used to achieved faster results.
6. What age person can have Invisalign?
Invisalign can be used by any aged person as long as your full set of adult teeth have come through. There is an Invisalign teens option for those teenagers who don’t want to wear fixed braces. There’s also the regular Invisalign treatment designed to help adults achieve their perfect smile whilst affecting their current lifestyle minimally.
7. What kind of corrections can Invisalign fix?
Invisalign can fix a wide variety of corrections ranging from underbites all the way to gapped teeth. Take a look below at the range of corrections Invisalign can work to fix.
8. How does Invisalign look when worn?
Invisalign looks almost invisible to the naked eye whilst being worn. Check out this example of a patient who is wearing the retainers. You’d have to be very close up to even notice they had the clear aligners in!
9. How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign varies greatly and depending on a number of factors. For example, if you have a mild case of misaligned teeth that takes just a few months to fix then you’ll find the price is likely to be lower than someone requiring a big movement over 18 months. In the same vein of thought, those patients requiring only one arch to be straightened will be charged less than those requiring top and bottom corrected. However, as a ballpark figure you’ll be looking at anywhere in between £1950-£3800. At Bamboo, this includes a free whitening (worth £265), free retainers and even free composite bonding to ensure your smile is looking tip top following your treatment.
10. Can teens use Invisalign?
Yes, absolutely. There is a special Invisalign Teens option which is designed just for this. It’s perfect for those teens that need to straighten their teeth but don’t like the idea of fixed braces.
11. How often will I see my dentist after having Invisalign fitted?
Typically, if you’re an adult Invisalign patient you’ll need to pop in to see your dentist around once every 6 weeks. Having the close eye of an experienced cosmetic dentist will ensure that everything is moving in the right direction!
12. Is Invisalign painful?
You may feel some slight discomfort in the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners. This is a good thing and a sign that the aligners are working to move your teeth. The discomfort can be described as a slight feeling of pressure and goes away after a couple of days.
13. Can I switch to Invisalign from a different type of brace?
Sure, many patients end up being treated by a variety of braces. This is certainly an option for you too.
14. I had braces before and didn’t wear my retainers. Can Invisalign help me?
We get many cases every week wear this exact situation occurs. You had braces whilst younger and gradually stopped wearing your retainers or perhaps even lost them. As time goes on, your teeth start to move back to the way they once were (oh no!). But do not fear, Invisalign works perfect for situations like yours!
15. What foods can I eat whilst wearing Invisalign clear aligners?
One of the most favourable benefits of Invisalign is the little to zero impact it has on your lifestyle. Yes, that means you can eat all of your favourite foods as always, even whilst going through your smile journey. It is important to note though, that your must remove the aligners before tucking into your favourite snack. You also need to be on top of your dental hygiene – after eating, give those pearly whites a brush and a floss and then stick your aligners back in.
16. What’s the best way to clean my Invisalign aligners?
You’ve got a few options with this one. The best way is to make use of the Invisalign Cleaning System which can be obtained either online or direct from your dentist. But, if you’d rather not go for that then simply use a spare toothbrush and toothpaste with a little lukewarm water. It’s important NOT to use hot water as this could melt and distort the plastic!
17. What is the difference between Invisalign and fixed braces like Six Month Smiles?
Honestly, these two teeth straightening systems are a whole world apart. Whilst Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth, Six Month Smiles uses fixed clear brackets. The key difference is that Invisalign is removable and Six Month Smiles is fixed. What does this mean for you? Well, Six Month Smiles will generally straighten your teeth much faster but the brace, whilst still discreet, is not as invisible as Invisalign. That’s the trade-off you have to make. Would you prefer the brace to be extra invisible or extra fast?
We wrote an in-depth article about the difference between Six Month Smiles and Invisalign here.
18. Can I see some Invisalign before and afters?
Sure, here’s a few cases that we personally have achieved at our Invisalign dentist in Cardiff.