Invisalign: The Barely There Brace

Invisalign is a modern alternative to metal braces.

Invisalign works like a normal brace but are much less noticeable and more comfortable to wear.

These braces have been around since the early 2000s but hadn’t gained much popularity until recent years. Many celebrities including, Khloe Kardashian and Zac Efron, have been opting for Invisalign and have shared their experiences on social media. Sharing with their wide audiences is helping to boost the awareness of Invisalign and the surge in demand for this innovative brace.

Unlike traditional braces that many of us have had, it is made from plastic and is similar in appearance to a dental retainer that is usually worn after the removal of metal braces. The plastic brace is comfortable to wear due to its malleable material and is made specifically to work with the shape of your teeth. This is done by using impressions and x-rays to ensure that the brace is a perfect fit.

The process is quick and simple.

Normally every two weeks, the patient gets a new set of plastic braces with a slight adjustment in alignment which helps to move their teeth into the correct position. More recently, Invisalign have adapted a new treatment which means the time period of wearing the braces can be halved and each brace is only worn for around a week.

As Invisalign braces are removable, it makes eating much easier and omits the chore of having to brush teeth after every meal like you would with metal braces. It is recommended that you keep your braces in for 22 hours a day and clean them regularly as instructed by your dentist.

The length of Invisalign treatment depends on the severity of the case. If you require several teeth to be repositioned, the course can take longer. If there is only one tooth, the course is usually shorter but a dentist will be able to give you a rough estimate.

Invisalign is also an option for teenagers.

Normal metal braces are free on the NHS until the age of 18 but Invisalign is NOT available on the NHS. Depending on your needs, the cost could be anywhere between £1,500 and £5,500. Speak to your dentist for a guide to pricing up a course of Invisalign for your teeth.

If your dentist does not offer Invisalign braces, don’t write it off completely! We can help you to get the treatment you want. On Defacto Dentists, we have hundreds of dental practices in the UK that do provide this treatment and they’re waiting to help you! All you have to do is search your location, select ‘braces and aligners’ from the checklist on the left hand side and relevant practices will appear. Browse through the clinics, read reviews from other patients and select the practice that is most suitable for you.

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