Invisalign is an increasingly popular orthodontic treatment, used as a subtle way to straighten up teeth. Invisalign is a type of clear orthodontic aligner that works to gently straighten teeth over time. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign is a much less obvious way to adjust any misaligned teeth or even jaw problems. Using the latest in cosmetic dental technology, Invisalign have been refining their treatment options for over 25 years.
Invisalign is an innovative alternative to more obvious orthodontic treatments. Here’s the big question – is Invisalign right for you? Deciding to get Invisalign treatment is a big step, and we want to help you make the right decision. Our Manchester Invisalign dentists are experts in helping patients achieve their dream smiles. First things first – here’s what to expect at your Invisalign consultation.
We offer both in-person or online Invisalign consultations. You might want to first book a free Zoom Invisalign consultation with our Smile Advisor, Stephanie, if you aren’t yet sure about which orthodontic treatment would be best for you. Our online consultations are free, and great for an initial chat – while in-person appointments are more effective in allowing us to take a better look at your smile.
It goes without saying that in-person consultations mean our dentists can have a more in-depth look at your teeth. Coming in to the clinic for your consultation is recommended, especially if you have specific concerns you’d like us to consider. During your consultation, we’ll examine your teeth – taking into account your overall dental health, and whether Invisalign would work for you.
In some cases, initial consultations can reveal you need to have other dental treatments before you start with your Invisalign journey. Improving your dental health can help prepare for Invisalign treatment, ensuring they’re well-maintained before you start to reconfigure the shape of your teeth.
Having any cavities filled before you start wearing your aligners is best, as your teeth can’t heal properly during Invisalign treatment. You might also want to have your teeth cleaned, scaled and polished, so they’re in the best possible condition before you start treatment.
Before some Invisalign treatments, it’s recommended that you have attachments fitted to your teeth for optimal results. These can help the teeth shift into shape once the aligners are worn. They are not invasive, and are subtle, tooth-coloured attachments that will be taken off after your overall Invisalign treatment is finished.
Your cosmetic dentist has your best interests at heart, and they’re invested in helping you make the most of your treatment. We’ll discuss what your goals are in seeking Invisalign treatment, and whether Invisalign is the best way to straighten your teeth in the first place. We can talk you through our other modern orthodontic procedures, such as lingual braces or ceramic fixed braces.
Once it’s determined that Invisalign is the treatment for you, we’ll talk about your expectations. Think about how you’d like the ideal treatment to turn out – are there any problem areas you’re concerned about? Is there anything that would make you feel dissatisfied once treatment has ended?
While outlining your goals, we’ll also consider the most realistic timeframes and outcomes along the way. This means we can work together to achieve your new smile, and ensures we’re on the same page when it comes to maintaining your treatment plan.
Customised treatment plans are the best way to map out how your Invisalign experience will work.
Once you’ve had your Invisalign consultation and confirmed you’d like to go ahead with the treatment, we’ll get to work creating your bespoke Invisalign treatment plan.
You will have scans, x-rays, and photographs of your teeth taken in the dental surgery. This means we get a much closer look at your teeth, and can use technology to refine your treatment plan. We use leading digital technology including iTero scanners to ensure your aligners are made with the perfect, straightening fit.
Your dentist will send all the detailed impressions and scans of your teeth to the expert Invisalign technicians we work with. They use the latest in cosmetic dental technology to map out 3-D models of your teeth, with in-depth considerations as to how your teeth will move and adapt to the trays. They will then calculate the movements and timeframes required in order to achieve your desired results.
Once your 3-D models are all mapped out, this allows us to identify how your treatment plan will work. Working in line to help achieve your expectations for your final smile, this will give you an estimated timeframe as we guide you through your Invisalign treatment.
We’ll create any adjustments needed and tweak the plan alongside the Invisalign specialist, until we are happy with the results. We’ll then confirm the creation of your bespoke Invisalign trays. They might take up to a month to arrive – when you’ll then pick them up from the surgery and be advised on how to care for them.
You’ll be invited back for check-ups so we can monitor how well your Invisalign aligners are working over time. The frequency of your appointments will depend on your bespoke treatment plan, as well as your goals.
During your Invisalign consultation, you have the opportunity to ask any questions about your treatment and how it will all work.
Here are a couple of the commonly asked questions we hear when patients come for their Manchester Invisalign consultations:
Invisalign can begin to show results within the first 3 – 6 months of treatment. The length of treatment will ultimately depend on the initial shape of your teeth, as well as the type of results you’re looking for.
Your dentist will outline how often your aligners need to be changed in your personalised Invisalign treatment plan. As your braces get to work, it will become more obvious how well your teeth respond to the aligners. Your plan will be carefully adapted to suit how your treatment is going. In most cases, aligners are changed around every 2 weeks.
You should wear your Invisalign aligners up to 22 hours a day. This means your teeth will move on schedule and you can stick to your bespoke treatment plan. You can easily remove them while eating, brushing, or flossing.
During your consultation with the dentist, they’ll examine your teeth and be able to identify any outstanding issues that might limit the effectiveness of Invisalign braces. Problems like cavities and gum disease must be addressed before any Invisalign treatment starts. Some people might have more extreme goals or misshapen teeth – in these cases, your dentist may recommend a more traditional type of orthodontic brace. Your dentist will be honest with you regarding whether Invisalign is right for you, so we can help you develop the best possible treatment plan.
Clean your aligners every night with your toothbrush, keeping them free of any bacteria or stains. Make sure to brush your teeth each time you go to put your aligners back on, so nothing becomes trapped between the aligner and the teeth. You can also use the Invisalign cleaning system to rinse them. Your dentist will also provide specific advice on how to care for your aligners.
Your goals for Invisalign treatment may involve achieving completely straight teeth. In some cases, this is possible – and your dentist will discuss whether your expected results are realistic as the treatment progresses. The effectiveness of your treatment depends on how well you stick to wearing your aligners, as well as the structure of your teeth to begin with.
You can eat most things as usual during Invisalign treatment, as the trays can be removed for eating. If you forget to remove them while eating or drinking, there are a few things to be wary of. To keep your Invisalign aligners stain-free and virtually invisible, try to limit your intake of pigmented things like coffee, tea, red wine, and berries. Overly hot drinks and soup can also distort the aligners due to the heat if you’re not careful. Very chewy foods – such as chewing gum – can get stuck to the aligners and contribute to plaque build-up, so you might want to avoid these. Since your teeth are being realigned during treatment, try to avoid very hard foods to reduce the potential for accidental movement or chipped teeth.
The price of Invisalign will depend on how long your treatment lasts, and how many times your aligners are re-designed to shape the teeth. At Ringway Dental, we offer 0% financing options for our Invisalign Manchester treatments – so you don’t need to worry about paying a lump sum all at once. The total cost of Invisalign braces begins at £1,700 – and we offer a free whitening treatment worth £295. Our affordable Manchester Invisalign plans mean you can pay from just £2.50 per day for your braces!
Invisalign aligners will not hurt – but they might cause some discomfort and soreness. This is because they gently work over time to pull the teeth straighter. They shouldn’t be as uncomfortable as traditional orthodontic braces.
Once all your questions have been answered, you’re ready to go ahead with your Invisalign treatment! Your dentist will be there to support you throughout, so any concerns that arise can be addressed as we work with you to perfect your smile.
At Ringway Dental, our cosmetic dentists have years of experience refining orthodontic patients’ teeth. With interest free payment plans and additional benefits, we’re the go-to dental surgery for Manchester Invisalign treatments.
We believe going to the dentist should be a positive experience, rather than another chore to deal with. This is why our luxurious Cheadle surgery is equipped with the latest in dental technology and comfort; as well as a welcoming and dedicated team that will support you throughout your Invisalign treatment.