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18 May 2016

Invisalign: Frequently Asked Questions

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Invisalign is a tooth straightening solution offered by Bamboo Dental in Cardiff. The system is one of the most popular ways to straighten teeth in the world today. That's why we get so many questions asked about it. For those considering opting for Invisalign treatment, here is an Invisalign FAQ for you to digest.

Invisalign: Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a nearly invisible way to straighten teeth. With the use of patented 3D technology, a model of your teeth is computer generated. This model is used to fabricate a set of clear aligners specifically for your treatment. Each aligner will be slightly 'straighter' than the previous one and each time you teeth move into the position of the aligner you will be given a new one to wear. You eventually end up with the beautiful straight smile that you've always wanted.

What are the key benefits of Invisalign?

The clear material used in the aligners means that you don't have to worry about people seeing that you are wearing braces. They are almost invisible to the eye and so will not get in the way of your social life. Unlike train-track braces, Invisalign's aligners are completely removable. This means that you can eat food and brush your teeth with ease. You can also floss whilst being treated with these aligners. The result of this is that you can keep your dental hygiene up to scratch with nothing getting in the way. This is a huge benefit as fixed braces can sometimes lead to discolouration of the teeth due to you not being able to clean underneath the brace brackets with as much efficiency as before you had them fitted. The lack of metal wires and brackets means that each visit you have to your local dentist will be much shorter than if you were being treated with a different type of teeth straightening service. The final key benefit is the incredible 3D technology that allows you to watch the progress of your smile as you move through the treatment. You can also visually see the exact end position that your teeth will be in by the finalisation of your treatment.

How old is the technology used?

Back in 1945, a man named Dr Kiesling had the vision that at some point in the future, modern technology would allow the use of a series of tooth positioners to yield the outcome required for many orthodontic procedures. Invisalign was founded in 1997 and has since made Dr Kiesling's vision a reality.

How many patients get treated using Invisalign?

Invisalign has been the treatment of choice for more than 3 million patients worldwide and that number is growing every day.

How much does Invisalign Cost?

As with all orthodontic treatment, it is difficult to put a flat-rate on such treatments. This is because the complexity of each individual case needs to be factored in the price. However, as a general rule of thumb, a typical case costs between 2500 - 4500. For a closer estimation please contact your local dentist for a consultation. Bamboo Dental in Cardiff offer free consultations for you to discuss your options in detail before making a decision.

How do I get started with treatment?

In order to get started with Invisalign treatment you need to book a consultation with a certified provider such as Bamboo Dental. They will then arrange you free consultation in which you can discuss your options and aims of the treatment.

How does the Invisalign system work?

The removable aligners move the teeth in small stages. Each aligner that you wear will be moulded a stage closer to the desired straight teeth. Once your teeth fully fit that retainer, we move you on to the next one. Each fabricated aligner will be fit specifically to your teeth and the treatment plan put in place.

What do the aligners look like?

The aligners are nearly invisible. They are made out of a special medical grade thermoplastic that has been created specifically for the Invisalign system. invisalign retainer

How often will I see my dentist after having Invisalign fitted?

In general you only need to visit your dentist every 4-6 weeks. They will give you your next few sets of aligners and check on your progress. Due to the nature of the system, there is no need for long appointments requiring wires and brackets to be adjusted.

How long does the treatment take?

The total length of the treatment will depend on the complexity of your particular case. However, the treatment time is usually between 9 and 18 months. This is similar to that of traditional train-track braces. Your local provider will be able to give you a closer estimation at your consultation.

Is the treatment painful?

You may feel slight discomfort during the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners. This is a sign that the system is working and moving your teeth into a new position. The discomfort is minor and can be described as the feeling of pressure. This minor discomfort is temporary and goes away after a few days.

Can Invisalign work on overbites?

Invisalign is suitable to correct overbites in the majority of cases. If your overbite needs significant correction then there is a chance Invisalign may not be the best solution. Your local provider in Cardiff will be able to determine if you are a suitable candidate.

Can Invisalign close gaps in my teeth?

Yes. Invisalign is very good at closing gaps in most cases. Although your local Invisalign provider will be able to advise you with more precision on your particular case.

Can I switch to Invisalign from a different type of brace?

Many patients end up being treated by a combination of braces, this is absolutely possible for you too.

What can I eat whilst wearing the aligners?

With Invisalign there are no restrictions on the foods that you can eat. Due to the fact you can fully remove the brace (and should) to eat, you can eat any of your favourite foods. It is still important that you brush and floss your teeth after eating before re-inserting your aligner in order to maintain good oral hygiene.

Can I smoke whilst wearing Invisalign?

It is not advised to smoke whilst wearing the aligners as this can result in the aligners becoming stained or discoloured.

What is the best way to clean my Invisalign brace?

The best way to clean your aligners is to simply use a brush and some lukewarm water. Just brush them as you would brush your teeth. You can also use Invisalign cleaning crystals to help you clean the aligners.

How can I enquire further about Invisalign?

If you have any questions about Invisalign or are interested in booking a free consultation then please get in touch via the contact form below. Alternatively give us a call on the number below. phone-icon Alternatively call us on:

029 2056 9769