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All you need to know about Invisalign

1 November 2023

Man holding invisalign aligners

Invisalign is an enormously popular tooth-straightening aligner system that first came to the UK in around 2002.

Marketed as a practically invisible aligner (hence the name), it is the preferred brand for many, including those who need to wear an aligner while working, young people who may be nervous about the stigma of traditional braces and those with minor alignment issues.

But what do you need to know about Invisalign? Our teeth straightening Swindon dentists reveal all!


How does Invisalign fit?

Invisalign is a bespoke aligner tray system that is moulded to fit snugly around your teeth.

It is made from medical-grade, high molecular weight, thermoplastic polymers that are strong enough to withstand general wear, but not strong enough for you to chew with them in – one of the reasons why you need to remove them to eat.

The system uses slowly tweaked aligner trays that are changed every two weeks or so for the duration of your treatment schedule, which gradually moves your teeth into their new and improved positions.

In this way, the aligner tray itself cuts out the need for archwires and brackets, offering the improved benefit of almost invisibility – giving a discreet orthodontic option that can be preferred.


Is Invisalign suitable for all alignment issues?

Invisalign can be used to treat many of the same alignment issues as traditional braces, including:

However, the Invisalign system is not designed for all problems, such as:

If you are considering Invisalign in Swindon for your orthodontic needs, you need to attend an Invisalign consultation for expert advice. At this consultation you can also ask any questions you may have and discuss the treatment price – so it is well worth your time.


Does the age of the patient affect eligibility for Invisalign in Swindon?

Invisalign treatment is suitable for almost every age group – as long as patients have adult or permanent teeth.

This means that more people than ever could be eligible for teeth straightening in Swindon and the surrounding areas.

Popular targeted options for Invisalign include:


How long does Invisalign treatment last? 

Invisalign in Swindon and across the UK is a popular option because of its increased convenience – much of which is down to how you wear it.

All Invisalign treatments, unless you are told otherwise, must be worn for between 20-22 hours per day to get the results you expect and should be removed for several scenarios, including when eating or drinking or when brushing your teeth.

If patients comply with the Invisalign system fully, they can expect to see results in as little as 6 – 18 months versus the 2 years expected for fixed braces.

Regular non-compliance will result in treatment delays, however, increasing your treatment timeline – so try to be stringent about your aligner.


Top tips for patients using Invisalign in Swindon 

To ensure you get the best results and a beautiful smile out of your Invisalign aligner treatment, be sure to follow our top tips!

If you are eating something soft and are pushed for time, it can be tempting to quickly rush through on your snack while still wearing your aligner.

But this can result in a broken aligner that needs to be replaced and trapped food particles, which increase your risks of plaque and tooth decay.

Replacing your aligner just after you have eaten can trap food particles, allowing for the development of tooth decay and plaque or tartar.

While this will not affect the straightening of your teeth, it will affect the health of your teeth and can make them discolour.

As such, make sure you are brushing, rinsing, and flossing your teeth and cleaning and rinsing your aligner after every meal or drink that is not water.

While it can seem like odd advice, if you keep your old aligners when you have moved on you always have a set to wear if you lose or break your next aligner.

This works better as a stopgap than taking a break altogether as it doesn’t create an interruption in treatment and won’t increase the overall timeline.

Some patients reach the end of their Invisalign journey and expect to be aligner-free forever – so it’s a slightly unwelcome surprise when they receive their nighttime retainer.

This retainer should be worn while you sleep for an allotted period at the end of your treatment to ensure you don’t lose the progress you have made with Invisalign – as without the retainer your teeth could move back to their original positions.


Contact Marlborough Dental Studio for teeth straightening in Swindon 

If Invisalign sounds like the solution for you – don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team today to book a consultation.

During this consultation, we will examine your mouth and determine your suitability for Invisalign treatment, before recommending which system is best for you.

You could have a beautifully straight smile in as little as 18 months!

So, don’t wait, call us today on 01672 513 184 or fill in our enquiry form and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can to get you on your Invisalign journey!