Key Benefits of Invisalign®
Invisalign® is a straightening system for your teeth with several desirable qualities. Here are some of the reasons why patients ask for Invisalign®:
At Hockerill Dental, we proudly offer a range of brace and cosmetic brace treatments for new and existing patients in and around Hertfordshire. If you’re interested in our Invisalign® brace treatment, contact our practice on 01279 652400. You can also arrange to visit our practice by booking an appointment online.
Invisalign® Treatment Process
At Hockerill Dental, we provide the perfect brace treatment to help align your teeth. We want to create a confident, healthy smile that you’ll love.
The Invisalign® treatment is a transparent brace system that enables us to carefully straighten your teeth in a short period. When you book a free consultation with us, you’ll be able to discuss your goals. Our experienced team of dentists can explain our treatment process and planning in greater detail at our clinic.
Consultation & Clinical Examination
You require a consultation and examination for us to determine that you are suitable for this type of treatment. We do this via a clinical examination looking at every aspect of your mouth in much detail. We will also need radiographs (X-rays), scans, photographs and moulds of your teeth.
Once we have this information, we use the special ClinCheck® 3D technology to create a plan of action for you and understand exactly which movements the teeth will undergo to achieve your cosmetic goals. You will see the exact nature of the treatment and what the aligners do to your teeth. Begin your brace treatment with us by booking a free consultation today.
The exact cost of your treatment depends on the complexity of the case, the experience of your dentist and the length of time you need care. At Hockerill Dental, we specialise in providing unique solutions. Our dentist in Bishop Stortford will also be able to make everything more affordable with our flexible finance options for our brace treatments.
Creating the Clear Aligners
Once the information is sent to our laboratories, we create a set of unique custom-made aligners for you. These are in a direct sequence, and you will be shown how you should wear them and the specific protocols for the treatment as they apply to you.
Generally, you will be advised to wear each aligner in the sequence for 1-2 weeks before changing onto the next one. As you progress through each aligner in the sequence, you will start to see changes in your smile and notice how your teeth are slowly cosmetically improving.
New Advances with Invisalign® Technology
At one stage, you had to change your aligners every two weeks. However, in some instances, you can change your aligners every week, which cuts down the treatment time to as little as three months. If the speed of treatment is important to you, please talk to our dentists so we can plan for a more comfortable and applicable treatment solution.
This pioneering treatment uses the advanced ClinCheck® Technology that allows us to map out the exact course of movement for each tooth. It is a visual 3D digital computer assimilation that digitally plans your entire treatment before you have any work done.
This record is used to create your personalised aligners in a stepwise sequence, enabling you to correct most cosmetic discrepancies in your teeth positioning.
Using this specially designed program, we can let you know precisely how long your treatment will take. Contact our dental practice in Hertfordshire for more information.
Range of Invisalign® Aligners
- Invisalign® i7: This type is used for teeth that have minimal discrepancies, and less tooth movement is required. You only need a minimum of 7 aligners to complete the treatment.
- Invisalign® Lite: This is usually carried out on a Class 1 case, that has a normal bite where the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth. The treatment can consist of approximately 14 aligners.
- Invisalign® Teen: This type of treatment is restricted to specific cases involving teenagers. It allows the dentist greater flexibility to obtain optimal results.
- Invisalign® Full: This is the standard Invisalign® treatment for most cases. The length of treatment and the number of aligners is dependent upon the variables of each case.
Is Invisalign better than braces?
Braces have been a go-to solution for teeth straightening for many years and work well to correct misaligned teeth. However, recently cosmetic brace treatments have become more popular, especially in adults, as they offer a more discreet solution for teeth straightening.
Whilst both braces and Invisalign do the same job, the latter does offer some unique benefits that can’t be had with traditional braces, including:
- The option to remove them when eating, drinking and brushing teeth
- Reduced chance of gum disease as they can be taken out for excellent hygiene upkeep
- They’re easier to clean
- They look more discreet and feel better
- They require less visits to the dentist
Of course, everyone preferences are different and where more movement is required, braces may be the most suitable option. Therefore, the best thing you can do is book a consultation with one of our dental experts who can help you decide the right treatment for your particular needs.
Is Invisalign expensive?
Like any corrective dental work, Invisalign is an investment, however here at Hockerill Dental – we’re proud to offer a range of payment options as well as providing competitive rates for our treatments.
Not only do we offer a free consultation to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you, but we also offer a wide range of unique payment solutions, including 0% finance and other flexible finance options.
If your financial situation is getting in the way of your perfect smile, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team who would be more than happy to discuss the options with you.
How long does Invisalign treatment last?
Everyone’s Invisalign journey is different and will depend on how much movement is needed to get your perfect finished smile. Typically, Invisalign treatment takes less than 2 years to complete, and we also offer new advances for those who want to speed their treatment up even further, with some being able to complete their full course of Invisalign in just 3 months.
We won’t know how long your treatment will take until we have performed a thorough examination and used our ClinCheck Technology to map out every detail of your treatment. However, you will have a thorough understanding of treatment length after this early appointment.
Does Invisalign really work?
We get this a lot – and we understand why. Invisalign claim to be able to straighten teeth, often in half the time it takes for more traditional methods such as braces. Not only that, but the unique technology means you can do most of the course from the comfort of your own home!
But the truth is – Invisalign isn’t too good to be true like you might think! It really does work and has helped to transform the smiles of thousands of people in the UK alone.
Can I take my Invisalign out?
Yes! One of the biggest benefits to Invisalign is that you can remove the aligners to eat and maintain a good hygiene routine. However, we must stress that the more you wear your aligners, the better – and faster – your results will be. Regularly removing the aligners will have an impact on how your smile turns out.
Is oral hygiene more important when wearing Invisalign?
Naturally, we believe that a good oral hygiene routine is paramount, whether you’re opting for Invisalign or not. However, when you are having the Invisalign treatment it’s even more important to keep up with brushing, flossing and using mouthwash. This is largely down to the plastic barrier of the aligners, which prevents saliva from reaching the teeth and gums.
We will ensure that you leave with clear maintenance instructions so that you can ensure your smile looks and feels great during your Invisalign treatment.