We know how important it is to understand a dental procedure before you undertake it.
Not only this but knowing the answers to questions around the cost and the procedure can help patients make a faster, more informed decision without having to meet an orthodontist.
However, you will be required to undergo an Invisalign examination if you are seriously interested in this procedure, which will work as a consultation to determine whether the treatment will be right for you.
This is an appointment that’s dedicated entirely to you. Here, you will get to see exactly what the finished results will look like before you decide to pursue them.
But for now, we answer your most common questions with the hope that it educates you better about this innovative brace system.
How expensive is Invisalign?
Expensive is an interesting choice of word for this procedure because surprisingly Invisalign can cost just the same as traditional, metal braces.
The cost can depend on the severity of your bite, the number of aligners you need, and how much of the dentist’s time you need.
The average price for our patients in London is often between £3,000 and £5,000.
However, small cosmetic tweaks can see prices go as low as £2,000.
Can you get Invisalign on the NHS?
Unfortunately, Invisalign is not attainable or redeemable via NHS dental treatments.
It is extremely likely that you will be offered Invisalign for your brace system, although this can tend to be approved on a case-by-case basis.
Regardless of your age, the NHS often uses metal train tracks to move teeth into the correct position.
How quickly do teeth move with Invisalign?
Patients can actually begin to see results very quickly when beginning to wear their aligners, however, Invisalign is a gradual straightening system, which is designed to minimise discomfort and provide accurate and precise alignment results.
The speed of the results will inevitably differ from patient to patient, however, we have known some of our patients to experience and notice subtle differences within the first weeks of their treatment.
What are the disadvantages of Invisalign?
Even though Invisalign has so many benefits, it of course, like anything else, has its limitations.
For very complex cases, Invisalign may not be the right solution. Invisalign works best for patients whose teeth require certain types of movement – but it’s always best to check this with an orthodontist.
Additionally, those who have bridgework on their teeth may not be suitable candidates for Invisalign.
Does Invisalign ruin your teeth?
Any dental procedure that is not carried out properly can have negative impacts on your oral health.
The same is true for Invisalign, if proper instructions have not been followed or you mistreat your aligners, you may experience issues with your invisible braces.
Invisalign will not damage your teeth, however, there are rare occasions where the cellular response can affect the end of the tooth roots.
However, this will all be assessed during your consultation.
Does Invisalign make teeth yellow?
Invisalign is actually one of the only brace systems that promote strong and healthy oral health and hygiene.
This is because they can be taken out and removed for brushing, flossing, and eating.
Your Invisalign custom trays can also be used for tooth whitening agents – so you can whiten and straighten your teeth at the same time.
However, beware that if you smoke and wear your aligners, it is a sure-fire way for them to turn yellow.
If teeth are not cleaned properly after eating foods such as pasta sauce, curry and berries then the residue can stain your aligners too.
The cost for NHS braces for adults in England (Band 3) is £282.80. However, as mentioned above, Invisalign is not available on the NHS, which means if you are interested in this treatment you will have to seek out this out privately.
The cost of Invisalign can spread into easy, affordable monthly payments using 0% finance with interest-free payments up to 24 months.
Is it too late to straighten my teeth?
It’s never too late to realign your teeth. Did you know that your teeth are constantly shifting and moving? So, teeth crowding may be something new you are experiencing as you have gotten older.
Believe it or not, but adults are one of the biggest seekers of the Invisalign treatment because of its discreet properties and short treatment times.
There’s no age limit to braces – even 50 years old straighten their teeth with us here at The Perfect Smile.
Does Invisalign change your face shape?
Getting your teeth fixed can certainly change the proportions and flow of your face as certain teeth treatments restore balance and symmetry.
This can inevitably make someone appear younger, however, in terms of actually altering your face shape, Invisalign will not adjust the structures of your face that include the shape or size of your nose or face.
Invisalign can possibly slightly alter the shape of your mouth positively – but any other physical changes to your face are likely to be minimal or not noticeable.
Can I not wear Invisalign for a day?
The biggest scare for not wearing your aligners for a period of time is that the teeth can shift back into their incorrect positions.
Invisalign is supposed to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day – if you wear your aligners for any less than this, then you will likely hurt your progress and final results.
However, it’s human to forget your aligners sometimes, and it should be OK, but just know that there is a chance that it will not be as effective.
What can Invisalign not fix?
- Tooth shape (Invis cannot alter the shape of your tooth)
- Teeth rotated past 20 degrees
- Very large gaps between teeth (Invisalign can only close 6mm gaps)
- There are particular limitations when it comes to raising and lowering teeth
Do your teeth move back after Invisalign?
Once the teeth have been straightened, it will still take some time for the bone and tissues to settle and stabilise.
It can even take a year for these tissues to become fully stable – especially in cases of significant repositions.
Therefore, you will need to wear a retainer following your treatment to stop teeth from shifting back into their old positions.
Is 20 hours enough for Invisalign?
The recommended wearing time for Invisalign is 22 hours.
Does Invisalign whiten teeth?
The Invisalign trays can be doubly used to whiten teeth and this can be incorporated into your treatment – ask the dentist about this:
Call 01992 552115.
Can you eat with Invisalign?
There are no limitations on food as aligners can be taken out to eat and drink – just make sure your teeth are clean before putting the aligners back in.
How much is Invisalign a month?
You can pay as little as £73.51 for your Invisalign treatment – you can calculate your monthly payments using this calculator here.
After a consultation with the orthodontists, the quote of your treatment will be given to you and you can begin to work out if you would like to split these payments or pay in full.
Can you have braces for only 3 months?
Yes, you can but for small cosmetic teeth tweaks. This is particularly helpful for people getting married, who want to fix a few little issues before their big day.
Do crooked teeth worsen with age?
As we get older, our teeth have a sad tendency to drift forwards becoming more crowded. And contrary to popular belief, wisdom teeth are not the culprits!
It’s your jawbone that loses its density as you age, which will encourage your teeth to move and crowd in the front of your mouth.
Can I drink coffee with a straw with Invisalign?
This is recommended when undergoing the Invisalign treatment. This is because the straw will stop less liquid from coming into contact with your aligners or teeth.
Is your question not on the list? Contact us here, or call 01992 552115 to speak to one of our Invisalign treatment coordinators today.
More on Invisalign:
- How Invisalign transforms your smile
- Our consultation and examination process
- Retention options
- Different variations of Invisalign
- Invisalign compared to alternative treatments
- Benefits and limitations of Invisalign
- What you need to know before starting
Medically reviewed & updated on April 28, 2021