Invisalign treatment is the process of sequentially wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that have been programmed and are custom-made for you personally to gradually straighten your teeth. This system uses No brackets and No wires, so are very different to conventional fixed braces also known as “train track braces”.
At 128 Harley Street Dental Suite a lot of people ask us what Invisalign is made of. The material that Invisalign is a specifically and a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack®.
The process starts by taking a copy of your teeth and once they are uploaded on the Invisalign digital system, your orthodontist can plan your individual tooth movements needed to create the smile you have been wanting.
The orthodontist will also make provisions to see you every 6-8 weeks to ensure that the progress is maintained as originally planned and if this is not the case, provisions are made to ensure progress is restarted.
Clear aligners are much more discreet than normal fixed braces and allow you to remove them to be able to clean your teeth and gums and maintain them during the treatment duration.
The aligners are trimmed to cover your teeth only and there won’t be any coverage of the inside of your mouth nor will they cover part of the palate.
Tooth sizes, shapes and bites are very unique and the Invisalign treatment would be completely custom-made to your teeth and mouth.
If you are wondering whether Invisalign is a good option for you, you must be aware that Invisalign is a good option for both teens and adults. Everyone leads a busy lifestyle and can take advantage of the flexibility of the system.
Each aligner should be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day and the aligners changed as recommended by your orthodontist.
Invisalign can be used to treat one jaw at a time or both depending on your needs.
At 128 Harley Street Dental Suite we recommend that you wash your aligners after use with lukewarm water and placing them in your dedicated container when not in use.
Following treatment, you will need to have a set of retainers made to prevent unwanted tooth movement as much as possible.
Dr. Stefan Abela
BChD, MFDS, RCS Eng, MSc, MORTH RCS Ed, AHEA, FDS Orth RCS Ed
Stefan is a Consultant in Orthodontics at one of the most prestigious London teaching hospitals; Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust.
Stefan is also a specialist in Orthodontics and is registered on the General Dental Council (GDC) specialist list. Stefan qualified as a dental surgeon in 2003 and underwent further training in various specialties including restorative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, oral medicine and complex oral and maxillofacial surgery including the management of facial trauma.