The Invisalign Process Explained

Invisalign has been one of the most popular ways to straighten teeth since it first came about in the early 2000s, with hundreds of thousands of people benefiting from the discreet orthodontic solution since. But for those who are thinking of straightening their teeth, but have never had any type of orthodontics before, not knowing what to expect can be off-putting.

The Invisalign Process Explained

If you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look and have Invisalign on your radar, you’ve come to the right place as today we’re taking a deep dive into how the Invisalign process works.

First things first – is Invisalign right for you?

There’s no denying that Invisalign is one of many options available when it comes to enhancing your teeth, so knowing whether it’s the best option for you can be tricky. It’s certainly paved the way for other discreet removable aligners to enter the market and transform smiles in a subtle, effective way, but despite this, Invisalign remains the most popular option available.

And we can see why! The benefits of Invisalign are plentiful, and include:

  • Removable for easier eating and hygiene
  • Quicker results than traditional braces
  • Comfortable
  • Almost invisible to the naked eye
  • Fantastic results
  • Better oral hygiene and dental health

But it might not be the very best solution for everyone, and there are some cases where a different type of brace may be better suited to get you the desired results that you’re after. Some cases where Invisalign might not be recommended include:

  • Where a lot of movement is needed
  • Your lifestyle and whether you can commit to the upkeep Invisalign requires (like regular brushing throughout the day)
  • If you have dental implants or bridges
  • If you can’t commit to wearing them for at least 20 hours of the day

The good news is that you can speak with your dentist who will be able to examine your smile and give you a clearer idea of whether Invisalign is right for you or not.

What does Invisalign involve?

So you’ve decided that Invisalign is the best option for you, but now what? Although the results are impressive, the process of the treatment is actually very simple and can be broken down into just three steps.

1. Meet with your dentist

Invisalign begins with a trip to your dentist. Not only will they be able to give your teeth a thorough examination, but they will also be able to take 3D scans of your teeth, giving you an accurate idea of the before and after you can expect. If you’re happy to proceed, these scans will serve as a blueprint for your treatment, and a custom treatment plan will be created.

2. Adjusting to your aligners

Once your bespoke aligners arrive, you’ll have another appointment with your dentist who will ensure the new aligners fit well and are in the right positions. These new aligners should then be worn every day for a minimum of 20 hours a day for the best results. 

It’s worth noting that although made from ultra-soft, bespoke material, Invisalign aligners will still take some adjusting to at first as they apply pressure to each individual tooth.

3. Keep using your aligners

As you move through your Invisalign treatment, your aligners will change to suit the new position of your teeth. It’s important that once your treatment is complete, you continue using your retainer at night to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original position.

Would you like to find out more about Invisalign?

We understand that investing in your smile is a big deal, whether that’s down to cost or apprehension about the treatment itself. That’s why it’s worth doing your own research and speaking with a reputable dentist who offers Invisalign in London. The Dental Centre London can advise you on everything from the treatment itself through to Invisalign prices in London and would be more than happy to help if you’re unsure whether it’s the right option for you.

To find out more, give them a call on 020 7380 0034 or book an appointment to speak with an Invisalign dentist.