Invisalign® at Smileworks
When you visit Smileworks for your braces assessment you’ll surely hear all about clear, removable braces made by Invisalign®. If you want straight teeth but the idea of metal brackets leaves you cold then Invisalign® might be the treatment for you. Patients who don’t want a mouth full of metal or want the flexibility to be able to remove their braces when they eat will benefit from removable braces. But Invisalign® aren’t just removable. When you’re actually wearing them they are also almost completely invisible.
This is because they are made from a clear material that is very discreet. Invisalign® is popular with patients who want the benefits of a beautiful smile without the inconvenience of metal or ceramic brackets in their mouths. This article, ‘Invisalign Liverpool’ is all about Invisalign®. But Invisalign isn’t the only braces treatment we offer here at Smileworks. To read generally about our different fixed, removable and specialist treatments take a look at our main braces page, Braces Liverpool.
What are Invisible braces?
Invisalign braces are clear retainers made from a technologically advanced material known as SmartTrack. When you start Invisalign treatment you get a number of slightly different numbered retainers to wear. The retainers work by moving your teeth a small amount by putting precision forces on them. Once your teeth have moved into position you put the next one on and the process starts again. Although the changes are only small they are precision engineered to move your teeth over time into the correct position determined by your Specialist Orthodontist.
In this case that’s our very own Laurence Masters. Invisalign are alive with wonderful technology and your treatment incorporates cutting edge 3D digital dentistry, 3D printing and advanced materials science. This and the fact that your braces are not only clear but removable is what makes Invisalign® one of the world’s most popular orthodontic treatments for patients who want invisible braces.
Take a look at the video below to learn more about clear retainers and how they move the teeth:
Invisalign® vs traditional braces
Fixed braces are great. They are great for serious orthodontic cases where there is lots of moving to be done. Metal brackets are bonded to the teeth and connected by wires. There is simply no better way to move teeth than this method and for this reason, metal brackets are wonderful. Patients (typically adult braces patients) complain that fixed metal brackets make them feel self-conscious. This can be more of a problem for some than others and is purely up to each patient.
Some people actually like having their braces on and enjoy the different colours, styles and fun you can have with fixed braces. Other patients just want nobody to know they are wearing braces or their job or lifestyle makes fixed braces not an option. You can get clear or ceramic brackets and clear wire for your fixed braces but this makes them slightly less conspicuous rather than invisible.
For many patients this is not enough and it involves extra investment from you because ceramic brackets are more expensive than metal ones. Then there’s the food issue. When patients wear fixed braces they can trap food and require more cleaning and looking after than clear retainers. Many patients dislike eating with metal braces on and the fact that you can remove Invisalign® is a huge benefit. Here at Smileworks we have had Invisalign® patients who are actors, lawyers or even people who don’t want their family to know they have braces on! But your reason for wanting a discreet option for your braces is up to you. The majority of patients just don’t like the sound of braces – so Invisalign® is the obvious choice for them.
Is Invisalign® right for me?
Invisalign® can correct a whole host of orthodontic contraindications. Here are some examples of the problems Invisalign® can fix.
It’s very important that your Invisalign® is carried out by an experienced Invisalign® provider. You should be able to find your Invisalign® provider on the ‘Doc Locator’ on the Invisalign® website. Here’s our very own Dr Laurence Masters on the Invisalign® website with details of his cases, experience and Smileworks contact details. Your treatment can take a little longer than conventional braces as the movements are gradual. You’ll expect to be in treatment for around 18 months to 2 years compared with some much faster treatments with conventional braces that can be completed in 6-9 months.
Patients who want the particular benefits of Invisalign will usually not mind that they are in treatment for slightly longer. It’s very important that you wear your retainers though. One of the downsides to Invisalign® is that patients who don’t wear them can be in treatment for much longer. Your cosmetic dentist will advise precisely how long your clear braces treatment will take so you will have a good idea of the timescales.
What does the system look like?
The Invisalign® system is basically a number of clear plastic retainers. Similar to whitening trays that you might get for your whitening procedures. They are all slightly different but the differences between them won’t be visible to the untrained eye.
What does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign is determined by the severity of your case. You’ll need to come along for a consultation where Dr Laurence will be able to measure the severity of your problems. So when patients ask the question, ‘how much does Invisalign cost’, we will typically tell them ‘it depends’. This can be frustrating. however, there’s no way of telling with precision until you’re seen by the orthodontist. The cost of Invisible braces at Smileworks starts from £3,000 – but can be closer to £4,500 for highly complex cases. This is a little more than some of our other braces systems but the technology and advanced systems involved cost more.
One example of this technology is the ‘clincheck’. This is where cad/cam images of your mouth are taken and sent to the Invisalign® laboratories. They feed this information into a computer that models precisely how your teeth will move in an animation over time. This also involves a smile assessment and precise details of the time and movement that you will experience. The computerised models are also used to 3D print your clear retainers. This process is cutting edge – and reflected in the Invisalign prices.
Here at Smileworks we see no point in giving people beautiful straight teeth if they might not be as white as our patients like. So we give you plenty of Enlighten Whitening to create a straight and white smile. You put the enlighten gel directly in your Invisalign retainers. The cost of Enlighten whitening is usually £350 but is a complementary gift from all of us here for our beautiful Invisalign® patients.
Is Invisalign® safe?
Invisalign is extremely safe. It has been used in almost every country in the world on millions of adults and teens since the 90’s. The retainers may feel tight at times (especially if you forget to wear them) but the discomfort is short lived. Patients rarely complain of pain or discomfort with removable retainers. One main reason for this is that you can take them out if they cause you discomfort. Metal fixed braces are more uncomfortable than removable retainers or clear braces generally.
The procedure from start to finish
Firstly you’ll need to make an appointment at Smileworks for a braces assessment. The best way to do this is call us on 0151 236 5166 . When you come in your orthodontist, Dr Laurence Masters will assess your case. He then presents you with a treatment plan outlining the price and a rough estimate of costs to within £500. Then we take impressions or moulds of your teeth and send them to Invisalign® to be scanned into their software programs. They then send back your clincheck and you’ll be able to watch it on the screen at your first second appointment. Your retainers will arrive shortly after and you can begin your treatment.
You’ll have your progress reviewed every few weeks by your orthodontist to make sure that things are going to plan. Then when your teeth have moved into the position we want you’ll get your whitening gels and be able to start whitening. Here at Smileworks we love braces and we love Invisalign®. Here at Smileworks we’re also not a one-trick pony. Your braces will determined by what’s the best system for you so that you can start living a life of confidence, happiness and success with your beautiful new smile.
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