If you never had orthodontics as a child or teen, you probably count yourself pretty lucky!
But did you know that many people experience dental problems much later in life? As you progress into adulthood, you could begin to develop a crossbite or overbite and the longer you ignore it, the more of a problem it’ll become.
But if the thought of having braces, or even worse, surgery is enough to send you running scared, there is another option: Invisalign!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a form of braces which will straighten your teeth using sets of almost invisible aligners which are custom-made to fit your teeth.
Your orthodontist will begin by taking an impression of your teeth and create a projection of how your teeth are expected to develop, so you can see how they’ll look once the treatment is completed.
You will then be given your custom-made aligners which you’ll wear in two-week increments, with regular check-ups.
Each of these aligners is then removed and replaced every two weeks as your teeth slowly but surely shift into the perfect position.
How long it takes for your treatment to be complete depends on the individual, but will usually last between nine and twelve months.
What are the benefits?
The most important thing is that Invisalign works. You’ll find yourself with straighter teeth within weeks and even before your treatment is over, you’ll find yourself experiencing all of the benefits of straight teeth.
Your Invisalign braces will be created using a customised mould of your teeth so that they’re perfectly formed to your mouth.
Invisalign braces can easily be removed, meaning you can take them out while eating, brushing or perhaps if you’re just on a hot date!
Unlike many other types of braces, Invisalign is designed to be as comfortable as possible and there are no metal wires or brackets being used to attached them to your teeth.
While you might experience some minor discomfort as your mouth adjusts, this will pass fairly quickly.
Because they’re clear, Invisalign braces are essentially invisible and people probably won’t even notice you’re wearing braces at all.
Who can benefit from Invisalign?
Invisalign can help with any of the following issues:
- Widely spaced teeth (gaps)
However, you could also benefit from the treatment if you’re simply self-conscious about your smile, however, it’s always best to consult with an orthodontist before committing to treatment.
We spoke to Claire, an experienced Invisalign orthodontist at Queens Gate Orthodontics in London, who told us: “For many people, especially adults, the idea of getting visible braces for a prolonged period of time puts them off getting the orthodontic treatment they need.
“But in lots of situations Invisalign is a great option, and one that we recommend to all of our patients who it’s suitable for.”
How much does it cost?
The exact cost of Invisalign treatment will vary on your own individual circumstances, but in general, you won’t pay too much more than you would for traditional braces.
Prices generally range from around £2,500 to £4,500 although in straightforward cases it could be less.