Dental Clinic Tunbridge Wells

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

DOES IT HURT?

Invisalign aligners move teeth to a tolerance of 10 microns so it never presses painfully or damagingly hard when moving teeth. Patient say they feel nothing more than a mild tightness when fitting a new aligner. Very different from painful metal “train tracks.”

HOW LONG WILL INVISALIGN TAKE?

Typically Invisalign will take 12-15 months. Once your smile is designed we will know how many aligners you need. Each one is worn for 2 weeks so we have a good idea on the length of treatment though it is normal to add about 15% extra time for contingency

WILL MY SMILE STAY STRAIGHT?

All teeth move gradually throughout life so you will need permanent retention to keep your smile looking good. This is normally a combination of a clear aligner and wire fixed to the back of your lower front teeth

DO I HAVE TO DO BOTH UPPER & LOWER TEETH?

No, but Invisalign works best if we align the top and bottom teeth together. There is no reduction in cost for doing only one arch.

HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD YOU’RE NOT SUITABLE FOR INVISALIGN?

Invisalign is suitable for most adult orthodontics. However orthodontist will often suggest fixed metal braces as they cheaper for them to use

IS IT SUITABLE FOR TEENAGERS?

Invisalign offer a special “Teen” service that can be an excellent alternative to metal braces for self-conscious teenagers. It includes special features for checking on wear hours and for erupting teeth.

WILL THE ALIGNERS SHOW?

Normally only a dental professional would be able to spot your wearing invisalign aligners

WILL I BE ABLE TO SPEAK OK?

They are so thin (less than a millemetre thick) that you soon speak normally

CAN I EAT WITH THE ALIGNERS IN?

You can have clear drinks but not eat with the aligners in. Watch dark drinks like red wine and black coffee.

I HAVE BEEN TOLD INVISALIGN IS ONLY SUITABLE FOR SIMPLE CASES?

Prior to May 2011 Invisalign was rather slow to carry out complex treatments so traditional wire braces were often recommended. With the introduction of a major computer upgrade all this has changed and often Invisalign is now faster than traditional wire systems.

 

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