Your Invisalign® journey

Invisalign treatment starts with a digital 3D model of your teeth, which we can use to show you a representation of how your teeth will move – and, importantly, your end result. Only once you’re happy will your aligners be custom-made and delivered to the practice.

You’ll need to wear each aligner for one or two weeks before moving onto the next one in the series. We’ll give you a few sets at a time, and see you every six to eight weeks to keep a close eye on your progress. At some point during your treatment, we may need to fit small tooth-coloured buttons to your teeth to help with certain movements.

The technology behind clear aligners has improved over recent years, and braces such as Invisalign can now correct increasingly complex problems. However, removable aligners are still something of a compromise and lack the precise control that fixed braces and lingual braces can offer.

Invisalign in Petts Wood

Invisalign® i7

Invisalign i7 consists of just seven sets of aligners, so it’s perfect for treating simple cases – such as very mild crowding – quickly and discreetly. It’s also a great choice if your teeth have moved slightly following a previous course of orthodontic treatment. This is known as ‘orthodontic relapse’ and it’s usually the result of patients not wearing their retainers.

Invisalign® Teen

Invisalign Teen has been developed specially for teenagers and has several features to meet the specific needs of younger patients. Each aligner has extra space to accommodate eruption of the back teeth as well as blue wear indicators, which allow us to make an accurate assessment of wear time. You’ll even receive up to six free replacement aligners – just in case yours get misplaced.

Invisalign Teen in Petts Wood

Case study

This 26 year old woman wanted the relatively mild crowding of her upper and lower front teeth corrected. She did not want to wear fixed braces and was therefore keen on using Invisalign.
Impressions were taken of her upper and lower teeth along with a bite-registration and three-dimensional models generated to allow us to plan her treatment.
Straightening of her teeth with Invisalign required the wear of 14 aligners over a period of 28 weeks. The final planned position of her teeth is shown in screen 2.
Perfectly straight and no fixed braces!