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Invisalign

Orthodontic treatment

Invisalign
  • virtually unnoticeable
  • removable brace system
  • improve appearance & position

Avg. treatment time

30 min

Anaesthetic

No

No. of treatments

Varies

Straightening your teeth has never been easier!

What is Invisalign?

Traditional braces may not suit everyone and for this reason Invisalign has proven very popular at the Neem Tree. This unique, highly advanced form of brace treatment involves the use of soft comfortable plastic aligners which overlie the surfaces of the teeth.

Invisalign is the perfect solution for patients who require subtle and slight adjustments to a few teeth in order to improve their smile discreetly and quickly. Moreover, these aligners are clear which make them virtually imperceptible compared to traditional wire systems, giving you the option to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.

 

As a patient, you will have to come in now and then to have a new retainer fitted to ensure the necessary tooth movements are taking place. Whether it’s just one or two slightly misaligned teeth, feel free to come in and discuss what options are available to you.

The Invisalign® dental braces system functions much like traditional braces in that it shifts teeth into their correct position.

However, Invisalign® braces are unique in that they use clear, transparent aligner trays which are virtually unnoticeable. This is in stark contrast to traditional metal brackets and wires which are attached to your teeth and clearly visible.

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Invisalign First

Invisalign First is an innovative, new procedure that can help achieve real results early on in a child’s life. It is no longer the case that children need to wait until their teens and pre-teens to address issues that may arise with the alignment of their teeth. With Invisalign First, you can improve your smile as it grows and develops.

Invisalign First is designed specifically for the smaller smile. Treating teeth at an early age is known as Phase 1 Treatment. Even with their baby teeth, issues can start to appear, and we can start to tackle alignment issues in Phase 1 without having to wait for the baby teeth to be replaced. The goal with Phase 1 treatment is to make room for the incoming teeth, and improve the alignment of existing teeth, by developing young jaws and arches.

Phase 1 treatment can:

  • Stop existing issues with a child’s bite from deteriorating.
  • Help alleviate issues with teeth straightening.
  • Improve your child’s developing smile.
  • Help with habits such as thumb-sucking and tongue thrusting.
  • Help shorten the time needed in Phase 2 treatment as they get older.

Previously, Phase 1 treatment was accomplished through traditional orthodontic appliances, such as braces. However, Invisalign First uses new, innovative technology that provide your child with better treatment options. Invisalign First uses clear aligners that fit right over the teeth to bring them back into alignment. The aligners are designed to treat a broad range of dental issues in children. Problems around spacing, crowding and narrow dental arches can all be addressed using Invisalign.

One of the most obvious drawbacks with traditional metal braces is the simple fact that they cannot be removed. This can make even simple jobs like brushing teeth and keeping them clean a real task. Not to mention, they can be unsightly.

Invisalign aligners are completely removable at will. They can be taken out before meals, allowing children to keep drinking and eating the foods they love, without having to worry about how it will affect their braces. Being removable, your child can also maintain their regular dental health routines, they do not have to learn new ways of brushing and flossing around permanent, metal braces.

The Invisalign Process

The first step is to take an impression of your child’s teeth. This can either be done traditionally using a mould, or by taking a digital scan. We can then digitally map the progress of your child’s teeth, allowing you to see the predicted results. The aligners are then custom-made for your child’s dental structure. This makes them smooth, comfortable and easy to remove. They are also designed to allow space for new teeth to come in. Using a series of small, calculated adjustments to the aligner, we can gradually straighten the teeth over time.

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen uses new, innovative technology to gradually improve your smile and address straightening issues without the need for traditional, metal braces. Many teenagers will need orthodontic treatment in their life, but no one is thrilled at the prospect of filling their mouth with metal for years at a time! With Invisalign, there is now a clear alternative to traditional braces that is easier, quicker, cheaper and looks better!

Invisalign aligners are made from a clear and smooth plastic, meaning they are removable, easy to clean and hard to spot! A lot of people with braces become very conscious of their smile; with Invisalign, most people won’t even notice you have them. They are also custom-made to fit your teeth using SmartTrack material, allowing them to control the movement of teeth. Removable retainers give you far more freedom than the traditional metal brace, and even some of the newer options on the market.

Being able to remove your braces before meals means you can keep eating and drinking your favourite foods. You do not have to worry about certain foods becoming stuck in metal brackets. You can also maintain your usual dental hygiene routine. There is no need to have to re-learn how to brush and floss around clunky metal braces, simply remove the aligner and you can brush and floss as normal.

You can also play sports and musical instruments without needing to worry about braces. You do not need to worry about metal braces snapping during a game or cutting yourself on a wire while playing an instrument. Invisalign is discreet, safe and won’t get in the way of life.

The Invisalign Process

The first step is to take impressions of your teeth. This can be done with digital imagery, or through a traditional mould. We can then digitally map the predicted progress of your teeth, allowing you to see the intended results. Once they have been designed, each aligner is custom built for your teeth, making them comfortable and easy to remove. You will receive a series of retainers that you will wear every day and replace regularly (about every 1-2 weeks). By making small adjustments to the aligners, we can gradually straighten teeth by fixing gaps and overcrowding.

Why people need braces

Invisalign and braces create perfect smiles and straight teeth, but that’s not all they do. Good orthodontic care contributes greatly to your oral health. Straight, aligned teeth can make it easier to chew food and it can also help prevent snoring!

Braces were once always seen as a treatment for teenagers, but now more and more adults are now wearing braces. Orthodontists are saying that now more than ever, adults are flocking through their doors despite the price or the time period it will take for the treatment to finish.

So what is motivating people to chase their perfect smile?

To have a smile with straight teeth is a common goal for many people. Teeth straightening treatments are able to correct a lot of dental problems such as underbites, overbites and incorrect jaw position, to name a few. It is common that a lot of people think straightening your smile is simply for cosmetic purposes however, a lot of dental problems, if not fixed, can lead to further oral health issues as well as a lot of pain.

Other health issues such as recurring headaches and earaches can also be a result of these dental issues being left untreated. If left untreated for a long period of time they can continue to affect your speaking and biting and can often result in chewing problems. These are very real reasons why teeth straightening is very important.

Teeth straightening helps to keep your teeth healthy because having straight teeth reduces the chances of getting cavities in your teeth. This is because you can reach all your teeth through brushing and flossing without any problems. Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean properly, especially when your teeth are crowded. Crooked teeth can also interfere with chewing food properly. Having this issue for a prolonged period of time may cause digestion problems. Having crooked teeth can also cause wear and tear on the jaw muscles, gums and teeth.

According to the British Orthodontic Society (BOS), three quarters of their members say they are seeing more and more adults coming through their doors. Amid the rush to keep up the pace with the increasing demand of these treatments, many dentists have been expanding and started to buy new equipment.

The increase of social media ‘hype’ around new teeth straightening techniques have definitely allowed wearing braces and other forms of  teeth straightening methods to be more socially acceptable for adults to wear. Some say that the posting of gleaming, perfect smiles seen everywhere on Instagram feeds and Reality TV are behind the rise of adult interest in orthodontic treatment. The continuous celebrity coverage of teeth straightening on social media has made it significantly ‘cooler’ to wear braces.

At one point in time it used to be very rare to see a grown man with braces, now those metal brackets are seen on anyone of any age. Now you can walk into an orthodontic practice and it is very accessible to seek treatment as well as socially acceptable. There are so many more opportunities than there were twenty years ago, as well as a lot more choice.

So when is the right time to correct your smile?

Patients with any types of orthodontic issues can benefit from treatment at any age!

Treatments can start from as young as 10 years old and there definitely is no cut off point to what age can benefit from these treatments.

A lot of people associate braces with being just for young teens, however, more and more adults are also getting teeth straightening treatments, the most popular one being braces. Over the last decade teeth straightening techniques have swept the nation and made it very clear how important having straight teeth is to the health of your mouth. The archaic stereotype that braces are only for teenagers has finally been broken down.

What kind of braces will I have to wear and what other options are available?

Making the first step to decide that you need to begin the process of straightening your teeth is a huge decision! And in most cases, the right and necessary one to make!

Booking that first appointment to discuss what will be right for you is very important. Reading about different treatments beforehand will help you immensely when choosing what will be right for you.

Your dentist will know what appliance is best for your particular problem. But as orthodontic treatments have advanced in many ways over the last decade, you will definitely have a couple options to choose from, depending on what you want.

Braces generally come in three different varieties:

  • The most popular one being brackets that are bonded to the teeth. These can be metal, ceramic, or plastic. Ceramic brackets are usually clear or ‘tooth-coloured’ in order to be less noticeable. They are definitely far less noticeable than metal brackets.
  • Lingual/concealed braces are brackets that attach to the back of your teeth, hidden from view.

Both types of braces use wires to move the teeth to the desired position.

  • A fairly new alternative that has taken the orthodontic world by storm is ‘Invisible’ aligners known as Invisalign.
    This treatment is a very popular alternative to traditional metal braces. They are a series of clear, individually customised and removable aligners. Not only are these the most unobtrusive option but the only option that is also removable. As they are removable, your diet is not restricted in any way and you are able to effectively clean both your teeth and the aligners.

Is teeth straightening safe?

Braces and other treatments are safe from ages of 10-14 depending on the patient’s oral health situation. However, these treatments are only suitable for people with healthy teeth and gums.

Unfortunately, these treatments can be very costly, especially when they are not covered by the NHS. Due to the high costs, there are many concerns that this has increased demand that is causing people to seek out less reputable providers.

When it comes to dental treatment, you definitely get what you are paying for. If you have found a centre that is offering treatment for a significantly lower price than most others, check their credentials carefully. Oral health is very important and some treatments that go awry are irreversible. This is why it is so important to go to a reputable clinic such as the Neem Tree.

What is Invisalign ?

Invisalign treatment is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, we are able to take a 3D scan of your teeth and map your treatment plan. This technology will show you every step of your treatment and will be able to visually show you how each tray will help all the targeted teeth to straighten, giving you your perfect smile!

This technology will allow you to see your teeth from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position.

Many people want to straighten their teeth however are discouraged by the ugly metal brackets that get put on your teeth and the awful pain that is associated with orthodontic work. Invisalign fights both these issues!

How do I get started with Invisalign?

Want to straighten your smile? With the Neem Tree it is easy to begin the process!

In order to get started, simply make an appointment with us to book in for an initial consultation with an Invisalign-trained doctor. This consultation will consist of a precursory evaluation of the alignment of your teeth. During this appointment you will be given full information about Invisalign, including prices and all the next steps  you can take with us to create your perfect smile.

What should I expect during my consultation?

During your consultation, your doctor will discuss your goals with Invisalign and also what current problems you have with your teeth. Once you and your doctor understand the desired goal, our experienced team will examine your situation to see if you will be a suitable candidate for Invisalign. This examination will also allow your doctor to determine your specific needs.

Your doctor will talk you through the entire process, explaining what each aligner will aim to do to your teeth and how quickly you will be able to reach your desired new smile.

You will also be able to discuss how much the treatment will cost during your consultation.

With our advanced 3D scanner, you will be able to take a little sneak peak of what your new smile will look like after your treatment before you even begin!

Your doctor will then recommend scheduling a routine dental checkup and cleaning before you begin your Invisalign treatment in order to ensure the good health of your teeth and gums to avoid taking unnecessary risks during the treatment.

How long will my treatment take? 

The length of your treatment is dependent on many factors. The key time frame that your treatment will take will be explained to you during your first consultation, after your doctor has evaluated the situation of your teeth. However, this initial time frame is dependent on how often you wear your aligners and adhere to the rules of wearing your Invisalign trays.

What do I need to bring with me to my Invisalign consultation?

Bring your questions! (we have a list to get you started here). It is important that you are fully informed about the treatment before you begin. You should also bring any health or dental history that you have which you think will be helpful or important information for your doctor to know before you begin your treatment.

How many hours per day should I wear my aligners?

To get the most out of your Invisalign treatment and to achieve the best results, we recommend you wear your Invisalign aligners 20-22 hours hours a day. Usually just taking them out to eat, drink, brush and floss your teeth.

Should I wear my aligners at night? / Can I take my aligners out at night?

Yes. Your clear aligners should be worn for 20-22 hours a day. Taking your aligners off regularly or for long periods of time (eg. during the night), will prolong your treatment. During long hours your teeth will begin to move back to their original positions before you began your treatment.

Can I get Invisalign treatment on just my top or bottom teeth instead of both? 

Yes. What makes Invisalign so unique is that right from the beginning it is specifically designed for your individual needs. Therefore, there are Invisalign options available for just your top or bottom teeth. Just be sure to consult your doctor on our specific wants and expectations of the treatment during your consultation.

How often will I need to change my Invisalign aligners/trays?

Your dentist will determine how often you should change trays to move your teeth at a manageable pace. Invisalign trays are usually changed out every one to two weeks depending on your specific treatment plan. It is important to make sure you follow the specific intervals your doctor has planned for your treatment in order to avoid prolonging your treatment and to get closer to achieving the results you desire.

How often will I have appointments with my doctor? 

Your doctor will schedule regular appointments to check up on the progress of your treatment. These are usually once every four to six weeks. The goal for these visits is to ensure your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned. If you need to see your doctor sooner than your next scheduled appointment, feel free to call and your doctor will be able to see you as soon as possible.

Pricing, why is Invisalign more expensive than others…. 

It is a common misconception that Invisalign is more expensive than other straightening treatments, the truth is, all dental straightening methods are a bit pricey if not covered by the NHS.

Can’t put a price on a perfect smile though…

There are many factors to consider when it comes to determining how expensive your Invisalign treatment is going to be. These include; the condition of the alignment of your teeth when you arrive, how compliant you are with the treatment and how effective Invisalign will be for the specific patient.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign aligners do not include any metal brackets like many other teeth straightening techniques. They are virtually invisible (which makes them so amazing) and are individually custom made specifically for your teeth which makes them so unique and versatile.

Invisalign works in a series of trays that gradually shift your teeth into the desired place. These trays are made from a clear plastic after taking a 3D image scan of your teeth. This image allows us to see exactly what is going on in your mouth which helps us design the right plan that will be most effective for correcting your smile.

Unlike other methods of teeth straightening, Invisalign does not adhere to the ‘one size fits all’ method. Right from the beginning of your treatment, everything is specifically designed for you!

Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth through a series of carefully controlled movements. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign treatment controls the movement that each aligner delivers and precisely each tooth that it targets. These aligners also control the timing of every movement. This is why it is very important to follow the movement plan recommended by your dentist during each stage of your Invisalign treatment.

This means that at each stage of your treatment, only certain teeth that are targeted can move. This is specifically great for people who only have minor alignment issues with their teeth. Following the movement plan that your dentist has recommended for each particular stage results in an efficient delivery system.

Each tray is manufactured so that the teeth are moved slightly straighter than the previous tray. Your teeth will typically move up to 0.25 mm per tray. Every two weeks, you will receive a new set of aligners. These will slowly move your teeth towards their ideal position. This will continue until you reach the end of your treatment and your teeth have moved into their final prescribed position.

Simply pop the trays in your mouth and you’re ready to go. There are no uncomfortable, painful and unsightly brackets necessary. Invisalign aligners are clear and barely noticeable. Not to mention, you are able to take the trays out whenever you want! This makes them perfect for both adults and teens who want a more discreet straightening option.

Straightening your teeth has never been easier! Simply slip the aligners onto the teeth and take them out to eat, drink and brush your teeth.

Does Invisalign work as well as traditional braces?

Yes, Invisalign does work just as well as traditional braces do! Whether you chose to go with the traditional braces treatment or Invisalign, the end result will be the same. There are however, several other factors that occur when making a decision. We hope to help all of our patients when making this decision to make the one that is right for them!

Eating and drinking with Invisalign 

You cannot eat with your Invisalign trays inside your mouth. Unlike traditional braces with wires and brackets, the Invisalign system allows you to remove your aligners. Therefore, when you eat and drink you should always remove your aligners.

Eating may damage the aligners which is why you must take them out before eating and drinking.

Drinking the right liquids are also just as important. It is recommended to avoid sugary drinks such as soft drinks and coffees that can stain and damage your teeth.

This system also makes it simple to brush and floss your teeth. Simply remove your aligners before you eat a meal and brush your teeth straight after to maintain good oral hygiene, before re-inserting your aligners.

Drinking a lot of water washes away bad bacteria and is great for your health so make sure to keep hydrated! However, contrary to popular belief, drinkable alcohols do not clean bacteria away, so even while drinking, be sure you take your aligners out.

Eating and drinking everything within moderation and continuation of good oral hygiene practices will ensure the good health of your teeth as well as your aligners.

CHEWING GUM, SMOKING AND DRINKING With Invisalign

Smoking, alcohol and chewing gum are strictly frowned upon whilst you are wearing your invisalign trays. The residue from these items could potentially get stuck on your tray and when put back on, can add a yellow tint to your trays and to your teeth, which trust me, is very unsightly.

What dental problems can be fixed by Invisalign?

Invisalign can fix a wide variety of dental problems such as gapped teeth, overbites, underbites and crowded teeth. It can also rectify abnormal bite functions. This is when the upper and lower jaws fail to come together properly. Besides these issues being unsightly or affecting the confidence of your smile, these problems can affect your dental health more than you know.

For example, gapped teeth leave the gums unprotected therefore leaving them vulnerable to disease and infection such as exacerbate periodontal disease. Overbites and underbites can also be detrimental to your dental health as they stress the jaw. This can lead to further pain and joint problems in the future. If bite problems are not fixed, they can lead to further oral health issues including cavities and tooth loss, gum infections, erosion of tooth enamel and may lead to difficulties in speaking and/or eating.

Benefits of invisalign 

There are many benefits to wearing Invisalign, here are a few:

  • Invisible appearance
    Invisalign trays are made with clear plastic, making them very hard to detect.
  • Comfort
    Although the process of moving your teeth’s positions can be a little uncomfortable, Invisalign is designed to be one of the most comfortable and least painful teeth straightening techniques.
  • Improved cleanliness
    It is imperative that throughout your treatment, every time you remove your Invisalign trays to eat, you should brush your teeth before putting them back in, therefore, improving your oral health. Also, unlike other methods, Invisalign trays can be removed therefore allowing you to correctly clean your teeth properly without any resistance from your treatment.
  • Safe and removable
    A major benefit of Invisalign is that it is a removable teeth straightening technique.
  • You are able to eat anything you want
    As your trays are removable, you have no dietary limitations. Eat as much of whatever you like! Of course, while maintaining a healthy diet.
  • Improved confidence in your smile
    The most important benefit of Invisalign is how it improves your confidence! Although the end result of any teeth straightening treatment will improve the confidence of your smile after the treatment has finished, Invisalign works to boost your confidence throughout the whole process as you have no embarrassing metal brackets on your teeth. The best part of Invisalign is that throughout your treatment you can literally see the process of your smile being corrected with each tray. This will do wonders for your confidence, trust me!
  • Does not intervene with your daily life
    Invisalign trays are quick and easy to put in and take out of your mouth. You do not have to do anything different to your routine than before you started your treatment.
  • Unlike metal braces, Invisalign does not rub or irritate your mouth nor does it cut your gums like wires and brackets can
    Invisalign trays are made out of a clear plastic that is quite thin. This means it does not interrupt your mouth or irritate your gums because of the unique design of the trays.
  • Beautifully straight teeth 

How to clean your Invisalign trays 

Brushing and flossing are essential for healthy teeth and gums. Cleaning your Invisalign trays are just as important! It is imperative for good oral hygiene that you clean your Invisalign trays as often as your doctor recommends.

With the correct knowledge and information on how to clean your trays and how often you should do it, you will be able to keep your trays pristine. While there are so many benefits to choosing Invisalign aligners for your orthodontic treatment, if you do not take care of them properly, you will find yourself in a worse situation than if you had chosen to go for metal braces.

This is because if your aligners are not cleaned properly, you could be dealing with discolouration of the aligners and a build up of bacteria that causes an odor that not only is unpleasant and possibly embarrassing, but it also affects the health of your teeth. Obviously hygiene wise, it’s a bit disgusting…

But, If this happens people will definitely notice your aligners therefore making them noticeably visible, which is what you were trying to avoid in the first place, right?

You should clean your aligners twice a day using an antibacterial, unscented hand soap. Simply give your aligners a gentle brush with a soft toothbrush and thoroughly rinse with lukewarm water. Do not brush too hard or use toothpaste, which may be too abrasive and might scratch or damage your aligners.

The do’s and don’ts when you have Invisalign

DO take your Invisalign trays out each morning to clean both your teeth and the trays thoroughly

In order to maintain the health of both your teeth and your Invisalign trays you must clean the trays thoroughly. Having a morning and evening routine to clean both your teeth and the trays will be essential and helpful to get you in a great position to get the most out of your treatment.

Thoroughly cleansing at the beginning and end of every day is crucial as the bacteria in your mouth and on your teeth can build up on the trays whilst you sleep at night and during the day.

Establishing this daily routine will ensure the optimum health of your teeth and your Invisalign trays.

DO rinse your Invisalign trays every time you remove them

As well as your morning and evening cleaning routines, you should also rinse your aligners every time you remove them.

Not only is this a quick and easy process but this will also keep any dried saliva or plaque from building up as well as any dirt or dust that would have collected whilst you had them out and exposed to a lot of air.

An easier hack to clean your aligners whilst you are out is to clean them by using a little (pea sized amount) of an unscented and clear antibacterial soap/gel and a small soft-bristled toothbrush. This will get rid of any small particles that could have stuck on to the trays and keep the aligners looking clean and clear.

To get yourself used to the cleaning process you should pack what you need to properly care for your aligners and always carry them with you!

This is to ensure that wherever you go, you are able to properly care for your Invisalign trays, even when you are not home.

DO soak your aligners once a day

In order to keep your aligners looking and smelling their best, it is a good idea to soak your aligners at least once a day. You can soak your aligners in either a denture cleaner or specialised Invisalign cleaning crystals that you can get from us!

Once they are done soaking, use a separate toothbrush (not one that you use to brush your teeth with) to gently brush off any food or plaque build up. Then simply rinse them before easily placing them back into your mouth.

DO brush and floss your teeth before you put the trays back in

Keeping your teeth and gums clean is also very important otherwise you will still have dental problems further down the road. In order to avoid food particles that could potentially get trapped against your teeth inside the aligners, you must always brush and floss your teeth.

In order to prevent this, always take your aligner case with you ( as well as your aligner cleaning tools) no matter where you go. If, by any chance, you forget and accidentally leave them out for a few hours, be sure to soak and rinse them before putting them back in your mouth.

Do the same routine you would do, just like you normally would if you were not wearing aligners, before putting your trays back in for optimal oral health.

DO NOT use the same toothbrush to clean your teeth and your Invisalign trays

It may seem like an efficient and easy option to use the same toothbrush you use to clean your teeth, to also clean your Invisalign trays. However, I am here to deter you from doing that!

Not only will the same bacterias transfer from your mouth to the plastic trays, but a big toothbrush that is used for a human mouth will be too big and rough for an Invisalign tray. They were not made to endure that kind of pressure therefore resulting in you inadvertently damaging your aligners.

You can use a small bristles toothbrush that our dentists will also be able to provide you with.

DO NOT eat or drink with your Invisalign trays in your mouth

The only thing you can drink while you are wearing your Invisalign trays is water. Other than water, you should not eat or drink while you have your Invisalign in your mouth.

For all other drinks and foods, you must first take the aligners out before you proceed to consume anything. It is imperative that you remove your Invisalign trays because food particles can get stuck in your aligners. This could lead to build up and would be very unhygienic if not cleaned correctly.

Eating with your Invisalign trays in your mouth can also result in the trays getting stained and damaged. Invisalign aligners are not designed to support the pressure of eating. Therefore, if you do eat with them in, it is very likely that they will get damaged.

DO NOT forget to plan for long trips

In order to avoid prolonging your treatment, planning is needed during Invisalign as you need to switch aligners every few weeks. By planning ahead we are able to provide you with the next set of aligners for you to pack with you and switch in time while you are away.

There is also an option for us to possibly ship the new set of aligners to you while you are away if you are away for more than six weeks, just to ensure that there are no disruptions in your treatment.

DO NOT use coloured or scented soaps OR toothpaste to clean your Invisalign trays

Although you wear each set of Invisalign trays for a couple weeks, cleaning them properly is very important. In that short amount of time, with improper care, you can cause damage to your teeth.

When cleaning your Invisalign trays you should avoid using toothpaste or any coloured or scented soaps as they can leave residue on your Invisalign trays and cause damage or discolouration. They can also give your trays an unpleasant taste. These are all important things to consider when deciding how to clean Invisalign trays as well as how often.

Your dentist can inform you about the best ways to clean your Invisalign as well as recommend the most effective products to use.

I had braces when I was younger but my teeth have moved. Can I still use Invisalign?

You are most likely be able to still wear Invisalign. However, it would be helpful to disclose all previous dental records to your doctor before you get started so that they can evaluate the situation and take the necessary steps from there.

Disclosing all relevant information during your initial consultation (such as previous use of straightening treatments)  will allow your doctor to proceed with your treatment in the correct way.

How do I know if I am a candidate for Invisalign? 

Every case is different and depending on your individual situation, you may or may not be a viable candidate for Invisalign.

If you are looking to correct your smile by straightening any crowded teeth, the Invisalign treatment could definitely help you. However if you have major issues with overbite or underbite, then conventional braces may be a better path for you.

In any case, it is always a good option to have a consultation to see what options are available to you and to explore what your dentist believes will be the best treatment for you depending on your individual situation.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?

Book in for a consultation and we will evaluate if Invisalign will be a great fit for you!

If you are not a suitable candidate for Invisalign, we also have various other teeth straightening techniques that we can recommend for your specific situation.

It does not matter what your situation may be, do not worry! We will try our best to find the right treatment for you!

How long does the treatment take?

The time of the treatment solely depends on the complexity of the case as well as how compliant the patient is with their treatment plan.

The treatment time varies from patient to patient. Treatment time for Invisalign can be very comparable to common orthodontics practices (metal braces). Many adult treatments last around 12 months but this time is very reliant on the severity of the patient’s case. For teens, the treatment time can also vary.

Invisalign’s efficacy to work almost entirely depends on whether or not the patient actually wears their aligners. The aligners are recommended to be worn all day, whilst only being taken out to drink, drink and be cleaned.

Patients who often forget to wear their aligners or choose to only wear them on certain days of the week, inevitably are only prolonging the length of their treatment.

For all patients, your dentist will carefully work closely with you in order to develop your individually curated treatment plan fully customised to your unique wants and needs. During your consultation your doctor will also be able to give you a rough estimated time span of how long your treatment is going to take. If you abide by the guidelines of your treatment there is no reason why it should take longer than initially expected.

After your Invisalign treatment

Once you have reached your ultimate goal – perfectly straight teeth with a great smile – with Invisalign, your doctor will recommend retainers.

These retainers are necessary to ensure that your teeth do not shift back to their pretreatment position – which unfortunately, they are prone to do. Therefore, adopting a habit of wearing your retainers continuously after treatment will guarantee that the wonderful results of your treatment remain intact.

The retainers are made from an exact mould from your mouth. The materials used for the retainers are significantly more comfortable than other retainers from various other teeth straightening methods. They are also 30% stronger than other clear retainer materials, which secures your teeth in their position and also lowers the risk of your retainer breaking or cracking.

How long do I have to wear the retainers for?  

Once you have finished your treatment and your teeth are straight, we recommend that you wear your retainers for at least 22 hours a day for a period of at least  six months. This will prevent any lapse of treatment, i.e. your teeth moving back to their position pre-treatment.

As more months pass, you will be able to wear your retainer less frequently. After the first six months, people usually switch from 22-hour wear to only wearing them at night. EVERY PERSON IS DIFFERENT! What works for some patients may not work for you, so check with your dentist before changing the way you wear your retainers to avoid ruining the amazing results of your treatment.

What to do if you lose or break your Invisalign Aligner trays

If you lose or break your Invisalign trays do not ignore it and wait for your next appointment to get another tray. Call in and we will do our very best to get you an appointment as soon as possible. We will definitely try to get you in the surgery on the same day as you lose your tray. Leaving your trays out for a long period of time will hinder your treatment and your teeth will be prone to move position. The best option is to call us as soon as you lose or break your trays so that we can get another replacement set or judge whether we are able to move on to the next aligner set.

Leaving Invisalign out for a day / forgetting about them

If your tray is lost or not worn, your teeth will tend to drift back into the position they were originally in, pre-treatment. This is why it is so important to wear the trays for at least 20 hours a day. However, flexibility is one of the biggest benefits for Invisalign wearers.

Patients can wear and remove the Invisalign aligners as and when they please. Therefore, leaving your Invisalign tray out for a couple hours will not hinder your progress and treatment completely.

However, it is critical not to abuse the privilege of getting to remove the trays. Leaving your aligners out for even a few hours can make a difference to how your teeth feel when the aligners are put back into place. This is often why they may feel a bit tight or not fit properly when you put them back in.

Continuously removing your Invisalign trays for a long period of time will hinder the process of your treatment. The less you wear your aligners, the longer your treatment will take.

If your Invisalign tray has been left out all day and not put in its correct casing it is important to clean it thoroughly in order to remove any bacteria build ups or any remaining bacteria that will not get removed by simply rinsing the tray.

What does Invisalign look like?

Invisalign is less noticeable than wires and metal brackets. They are made from a clear plastic to attempt to be as imperceptible as possible. With proper cleaning and care, it is very difficult for someone to detect that you are wearing anything at all on your teeth.
The trained eye will still be able to notice the Invisalign.

Is invisalign painful/ Does Invisalign hurt? 

As the process of Invisalign includes moving the position of your teeth it will hurt. However, Invisalign is significantly less painful than traditional metal braces. Similar to any other types of orthodontic treatment, the pain fades after your teeth adjust to wearing the Invisalign aligners.

The most it will feel uncomfortable is when you begin a new tray. Taking Ibuprofen or any over the counter painkiller can be helpful in alleviating some of the discomfort you may feel.

How long will my teeth hurt with Invisalign?

Pain or discomfort usually occurs when the Invisalign aligners are first fitted and when the aligners are changed out for new ones. For most people it will feel tight for a couple days and there will be minor discomfort. However, this feeling should subside within a few days after your teeth get used to the aligner.

Does Invisalign last?

Invisalign is a treatment designed to only have once and to last long after you have finished your treatment. As long as you keep up with the treatment regimen, visit your doctor on a regular basis and wear your retainers as often as recommended Invisalign should last you a lifetime!

Can I get Invisalign with the Coronavirus outbreak?

In light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, we advise you to stay indoors and keep isolated. Our Invisalign treatments will still be available after the dust has settled and we are all safe. Feel free to browse our website and FAQ pages to make sure that you are fully informed before getting to the stage where you are able to start your Invisalign treatment.

We look forward to having you as a patient in the near future.

Can I get Invisalign on the NHS?

NHS orthodontic care is not usually available to adults. However, depending on your situation NHS cover can be approved on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that Invisalign braces will be offered to you through the NHS.

What age can I get Invisalign?

Invisalign is designed to be an effective teeth straightening treatment at any age. Come pay us a visit and we will examine what the right course of treatment will be the best for you during your consultation.

How does the Coronavirus affect my Invisalign treatment? 

We are trying to find the most effective way to continue your treatments whilst also remaining safe from potential contamination of COVID-19. If you have any specific queries about your treatment plan feel free to give us a call and we can work out an effective way around the recent outbreak.

Continue cleaning your Invisalign trays twice a day and giving them a good soak once a day to ensure the good health of your teeth and aligners! Wash your hands before taking your aligners out of your mouth and before putting them back in. During recent times we encourage you to keep up the cleanliness of your Invisalign trays and yourself.

We also encourage you to follow our Facebook and Instagram to get informed on updates about our clinical hours and any other information that could be relevant to you.

How do I get my Invisalign trays if I am on lockdown/ in isolation? 

As we are not in isolation yet in the UK we are able to plan ahead! Although we definitely recommend self isolation and travelling with caution, we can set up an appointment to give you several trays for the next couple of months or there is the option to send them to you to ensure that this recent outbreak does not interfere with your Invisalign treatment.

Pros and cons of getting Invisalign 

There are several pros and cons to getting Invisalign treatment. Here at the Neem Tree, we want you to be full informed and make the decision that is best for you and your smile.

Here are some advantages to using the Invisalign clear retainers instead of other teeth straightening methods:

  • Invisalign trays are removable
    They can be taken out whenever the wearer wishes to remove them. This makes it a lot easier to eat and clean your teeth afterwards.
  • Your diet is not restricted in any way as you are able to remove the trays.
  • Clear retainers are far more discrete to wear than fixed braces. This means that patients are definitely less self-conscious when wearing them. Increasing their confidence significantly throughout the whole process of the treatment.
  • The treatment provided can be as flexible as needed.

There are also a few drawbacks to using removable braces or aligners which should be taken into account.

  • Removable braces such as Invisalign can often be more expensive than traditional fixed braces
  • Although the ability to remove Invisalign braces is one of their biggest advantages, this does mean that the success of the treatment is heavily reliant on the patient. If they are to be removed from the teeth for too long or too frequently, this can severely hamper the success of the treatment.
  • Aligners are not always suitable for patients who have more complex orthodontic needs.
  • For these reasons, complete success is harder to guarantee with removable braces.

Our specialists at the Neem Tree discuss your needs with you and determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. If, in the unfortunate event that you are not a viable candidate for Invisalign, here at the Neem Tree, we have many alternatives that may be right for you.

What are Invisalign aligners made of and what do they look like?

The aligners that are made to be ‘virtually invisible’ are made of a strong medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for Invisalign treatment. The aligners are custom made for you based on the 3D scan on your teeth in order to fit perfectly over your teeth.

I am currently wearing braces. Can I switch to Invisalign?

There are a significant number of patients that are being treated with different forms of teeth straightening treatments combined with Invisalign. Consult your Invisalign specialist in order to determine the best treatment for you.

Will the Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

Majority of Invisalign patients report no effect on speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial adjustment period associated with having something new in the mouth. This period should not last longer than a week on most patients. If it is lasting longer and becoming a problem, do give us a call and we will see what can be done about it.

Can I chew gum while wearing my aligners?

It is advised to avoid chewing gum while wearing your aligners as excess gum may stick to the aligners. It is recommended that the aligners be removed before consuming any meals or snacks.

What is the best way to clean my aligners?

The best way to clean your aligners is by using the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or special cleaning tablets, and by brushing and rinsing them with lukewarm water. It is very important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligner.

Can I smoke while wearing my Invisalign aligners?

We highly advise you not to smoke while wearing your aligners as they can become stained or discoloured which is not a good look!

Things you should NOT do during your Invisalign treatment

The unique design of the Invisalign treatment has revolutionised modern orthodontics. Invisalign provides an invisible solution for orthodontic patients of any age. But, just like braces and any other dental treatment, it is important to take good care of your Invisalign aligners to ensure their full effectiveness. What to do is just as important as what NOT to do, so we made you a list to make it a little easier:

  • DOT NOT scratch them
    If you take good care of your aligners they will last the entire length of your treatment. The aligners can get scratched when you are being too abrasive whilst cleaning and can even break if they are pulled out too suddenly, so be careful when you are handling them.
  • DO NOT get them dirty
    It is very important that the only thing you consume while having your Invisalign trays in is WATER.  Anything dark or highly pigmented has the potential to stain your aligners. This not only looks very unpleasant, it makes your aligners very visible and can also create a very unpleasant odour.Do your best to thoroughly clean your teeth and your trays as often as recommended.
  • DO NOT play with your aligners
    We understand that it is very tempting to play with your aligners with your tongue, especially after the first couple of days of getting them fitted. Try your best not to. Those first couple of days, although uncomfortable, are vital in making sure your aligners do their job. Continuously playing with the aligners in your mouth can scratch them or misplace them, hindering the effectiveness of them. This can also result in your mouth getting very sore.
  • DO NOT eat or drink with your aligners in
    Before every meal, take a few seconds out to safely and carefully remove the aligners and place them in their container. Eating while wearing your aligners can be very detrimental to them. They are not designers to handle the pressure of your mouth while eating therefore, eating with them can damage them which would delay your treatment and also be very costly.
  • DO NOT forget your aligners and leave them out
    Leaving your aligners out for long periods of time can hinder your treatment as your teeth are prone to moving. Leaving your aligners out also means that they are more likely to get lost.
    Whenever your aligners are out of your mouth make sure that they get rinsed to avoid saliva and bacteria build up and are in their case.
  • DO NOT forget to brush both your teeth and the aligners
    It isn’t enough to thoroughly cleanse your aligners and not your teeth. Bacteria can transfer which can result in very unpleasant consequences for both your teeth and your aligners.It is imperative that whenever you can, do your best to brush and floss your teeth properly and clean your aligners to make sure they are free of any bacteria build up.Not cleaning your aligners properly can cause bad breath. Cleaning them as often as recommended can remedy this. Another suitable option is to rinse your mouth with lukewarm water often or to chew sugarless gum (of course while your Invisalign trays are not in your mouth).

Invisalign vs Braces


There are many different methods to straighten one’s teeth. However, the most popular and preferred dental treatments these days are traditional metal braces and Invisalign, both of which have their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Making a decision between what teeth straightening method to you can prove very difficult. This will allow you to make a choice based on the pros and cons of traditional braces and Invisalign so that you can make an informed decision.

Invisalign  Braces 
Invisalign is more comfortable than braces Braces can’t be removed so patient compliance is 100%
You are able to remove your Invisalign aligners Braces address the root of your teeth rather than just the upper part.
Your diet is not restricted with Invisalign Braces have been around a lot longer than Invisalign, proven to work every single time
Invisalign looks a lot better than braces, raising your confidence throughout the whole process Braces can fix almost all teeth imperfections.

Now let’s go into a bit more depth: 

Invisalign

Invisalign looks a lot better than traditional braces! There are no unsightly metal brackets on your teeth. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. The trays are made of a transparent, custom-made thermoplastic material that you can hardly notice.

Invisalign has the added bonus that you can remove them whenever you want! Not only does it make this appealing for pictures and or events, but also makes cleaning a lot more effective than traditional braces.

With Invisalign, there are no foods that you need to avoid. You are able to eat anything as whenever you eat, you simply take the tray out and put them back in after you are done.

Invisalign is more comfortable than braces. Of course, in many cases of teeth straightening methods, it is an uncomfortable process. However, Invisalign trays are far more comfortable than braces. The main discomfort you get is from your teeth being moved into the desired place. Unlike braces you do not have cut or sore gums after the tray is put in.

Due to the nature of Invisalign, the ability to remove your aligners means that successfulness of the treatment is heavily reliant on the patients compliance of the rules of Invisalign.

Braces

Traditional braces are a better option for those who have bad tooth alignment. This is because Invisalign trays cannot effectively grip onto cylindrical or rounded bicuspid teeth without slipping. This means they will not be able to move your teeth as easily as traditional braces would. Traditional braces are securely affixed to the tooth and will therefore not slip at all and can correctly turn such teeth into the proper, desired position.

Braces address the root of your teeth whereas, Invisalign trays focus much of the pressure on the upper part of your teeth. Traditional braces exert equal pressure on the entire tooth. It pushes the tooth into the desired position from the top to the bottom of the tooth, including the root.

Patient compliance is ALWAYS 100% with traditional braces!
Having braces that are not removable comes with several advantages and disadvantages.

  • The key disadvantage is metal brackets are quite unsightly, which deter a lot of patients from this option, especially adults.
  • Not being able to remove braces also causes issues with the cleaning of teeth.
  • As braces use metal brackets and wires these often tend to rub against the gums, making them swollen and often resulting in cutting the gums

  • As traditional braces cannot be removed, patient compliance is 100%
    This ensures that the treatment will not be interrupted. With Invisalign, even a day or two of interruption will impact the overall treatment.
  • With children, traditional braces are more effective as there is no way they are able to remove or lose them, hindering the treatment in any way.
  • For adults who find it hard to commit to Invisalign, traditional metal braces offer the solution to make sure you adhere to the treatment and get your desired goal.

If you have any other questions or worries about how Invisalign might work for you, call us at the Neem Tree to set up your consultation. We will do our best to guide you to the right path to a perfect smile in no time! And are certain that you will be glad you do it!

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