It’s never too late for splint therapy. If you wish to correct the crooked positioning of your teeth in an inconspicuous manner, this might just be the right method for you.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is a teeth alignment system using cutting-edge technology which sets its custom-made manufacture and so the success rate of its clinical outcomes apart. It delivers on efficiency, efficacy, its discreet aesthetic appearance and on user comfort.
The Invisalign® system creates a set of virtually invisible and removable plastic trays (aligners or sometimes called splints) which are manufactured on a bespoke basis to provide a perfect fit over a patient’s teeth at every stage of the treatment process. Often referred to as “invisible braces“, Invisalign® is a popular alternative to adult braces or traditional braces as the system can be removed and is entirely discreet.
The secret to the orthodontic treatment is the gradual and gentle pressure exerted by the clear aligners to shift the teeth into their correct position guided by the exact movements planned out by your dentist or orthodontist using ClinCheck 3D software. This software can encourage you to use the aligners as we can show you the likely final tooth position which can be achieved if you complete the treatment successfully.
Who is suitable for Invisalign®?
The following dental conditions can be successfully treated by the use of Invisalign®:
Overjet – The overjet is the horizontal (anterior-posterior) relationship of the front teeth. The greatest distance between the incisal edges of the central incisors in the upper and lower jaw is measured. A significantly larger overjet can lead to aesthetical problems. Invisalign is the perfect treatment for this condition.
Overbite – The overbite is the vertical (superior-inferior) relative position of the front teeth in the vertical dimension. The distance from the incisal edge in the upper jaw to the incisal edge of the lower jaw is measured. If the incisal edges bite together, the overbite value is zero. If the teeth overlap too much it can cause problems. This condition makes many dental patients consider the orthodontic treatment of braces but Invisalign® can help with mild to moderate cases of overbite. Invisalign® is much less noticeable and so a discreet alternative to braces and it takes less time to complete the treatment so you receive the results you are looking for, quicker. If left untreated it can cause especially your lower teeth to wear down and can even cause pain in your jawline and you gums.
Crowded Teeth –when the teeth significantly overlap their position in the mouth, a condition which can begin in childhood and worsen into adulthood as your teeth and jaw naturally experience growth. It can lead to teeth misalignment and can impact on both oral health and aesthetic appearance of the smile and so your personal comfort and confidence. Mild cases of crowded teeth can be resolved using Invisalign® within 6-8 months and for more moderate cases the average timeframe is about 18 months duration using this system. If left untreated it can make caring for your teeth harder when its time to brush or floss your teeth and so could contribute to your risk of developing tooth decay and/or gum disease.
Underbite –An underbite is a bite problem that occurs when the lower teeth rest further than the upper teeth. Underbite mostly occurs due to genetics, and it causes several other dental issues. Fixing your underbite helps you avoid these other dental problems later in life. Both children and adults can have an underbite, and in both cases, the condition can be treated. The common treatment options are Invisalign, braces and surgery. However, there are other treatment options.
Gappy Teeth – If your teeth are too small for the your jawbone you might have gaps between them. Where the two central incisors are concerned the gap is sometimes called a diastema. Gappy teeth can show in more than one place within the dentition, originally presenting within small children (which may disappear during normal development) and yet sometimes still noticeable in adulthood. Invisalign® is one dental treatment which could straighten the teeth so the gap is no longer visible, or veneers could be considered for just a single or double tooth gap condition. Please be advised that treating Gappy Teeth is deemed to be an aesthetic or cosmetic treatment option. If left untreated the pockets where the gaps develop could be places for food debris to accumulate leading to plaque and tartar build-up, increasing the risk of tooth decay coupled with sore gums which could result in gum disease.
Crossbite – when the side teeth do not meet together in a regular position on the upper and lower jaw when you close your mouth to bite. An asymmetrical jawline position is best treated early in childhood to achieve optimum clinical results. Re-alignment is possible for mild cases of crossbite using Invisalign® aligners which are almost invisible to see and easily removable for comfort. If left untreated, your teeth can wear down or chip and your gums could start to recede causing functional and aesthetic discomfort and/or gum disease.
Pre-prosthetic Orthodontics – an Invisalign® tooth aligner treatment can be applied to straighten the teeth in preparation to receive a dental prosthetic like a dental bridge or a crown restoration. Pre-prosthetic orthodontics can help to reduce the amount of ground down tooth material and thus can significantly reduce the risk of nerve damage.
Pre-Implantology Orthodontics – an Invisalign® tooth aligner treatment can be applied to straighten the teeth or correct the spacing in preparation to receive a dental implant.
Orthodontics after Periodontitis – an Invisalign® tooth aligner treatment can be applied once you have been successfully treated for gum disease or periodontitis to re-align the teeth in your restored, stronger gum line.
Invisalign process step by step:
- After initial consultation, if you and your dentist agree your suitability for the treatment of Invisalign®, we analyse the initial condition of your teeth with digital impressions, X-rays and photographs during your first appointment.
- This preparation will produce a tailored treatment and cost schedule for you to consider. It includes the probable duration of this therapy (very dependent on the initial condition of your teeth as presented) and we discuss with you all that this procedure will entail. Please note that the usual duration of this therapy is between three months and two years but rest assured that the Invisalign® splints are virtually invisible so you can continue your daily life in complete comfort and confidence.
- The plastic splint forming the Invisalign® appliance is cut to fit your gum line exactly so you can wear these clear aligners with ease. Your dentist will advise that they should use them for around 22 hours per day but you can remove them when eating or brushing your teeth.
- Just before insertion of the first transparent splints, we glue small attachments onto your teeth. These small ‘buttons’ act as guides to realign the teeth optimally during the treatment process.
- We book an appointment for you after one to two weeks when the splints are changed in order to straighten the teeth step by step.
- We then schedule follow-up appointments with you once every six weeks to assess the progress of this splint therapy for you. If required, we can adjust the aligners to ensure the best possible results are achieved in the shortest possible timeframe.
- Once the treatment is complete, we recommend the use of retainers which act as thin arches, again an invisible appliance, to frame the teeth and preserve their new corrected position. It is possible to wear slightly firmer, transparent and removable splints as retainers if you wish
Why is Wimpole Street Dental Clinic best for Invisalign® in London?
Rest assured by knowing that our whole dentistry ethos is based on employing a new standard of care using the latest technology to assist both our diagnostic and preparation (modelling) capabilities as a perfect fit for Orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign® is often the critical factor affecting its level of clinical success.
We pride ourselves on offering evidence-based dentistry underpinning all our premium dental treatment recommendations and as we have access to a considerable volume of scientific data at our fingertips when it comes to using Invisalign® we have become expert Invisalign® providers of this specific Orthodontic treatment.
Trust Wimpole Street Dental Clinic in London to both offer and deliver the beautiful smile and perfectly straight teeth you have been looking for your whole life with this virtually invisible and so minimally intrusive method of tooth alignment suitable for Invisalign® patients who can be both teenagers and adults alike. Our London dental clinic is convenient for patients working or living in central London and is accessible by car, taxi, bus and London Underground.
|Invisalign full||from £5,500|
|Vivera retainer per jaw||£350|
|Wire retainer per jaw||£300|
Invisible braces for straighter teeth – an alternative to adult braces
The hugely popular and reliable Invisalign® system allows adults to achieve straighter teeth without having to commit to wearing braces.
These clear aligners can be removed for eating and cleaning and are nearly invisible. Invisalign® is a discreet and hugely successful orthodontic treatment for delivering noticeable results from as soon as three months.
Specialists in discreet Invisalign® treatment for a straight & natural looking smile