7 things you need to know about wearing invisalign braces

As experienced and trusted dentists and orthodontists, we have built up trust between our patients and us so that they know they are getting accurate advice that helps and strengthens their oral condition, as well as guiding them in the right direction.

What it’s really like wearing Invisalign

Here at the Perfect Smile, we want to make smiles happier and healthier, but we also want our patients to be in control of their procedures and treatments.

But this can only happen once they have been informed correctly.

There’s a lot of information on the internet that will tell you a lot of different information and show you a lot of opinions; however, at the end of the day, it is up to you to make a choice.

So, if you’ve landed here, it’s likely that you are considering Invisalign but are a little unsure of what to expect – and that’s fine!

We’ve treated hundreds of patients and achieved some incredible results, so let us tell you exactly what it’s like…

yes, you actually have to wear them!

You have to wear your aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day – and this is non-negotiable if you want to achieve the results shown to you in your initial consultation using the iTero scanner.

Believe it or not, many patients and people forget to wear their aligners or think they can take them out as they please.

Whilst these virtually invisible aligners are removable; they should only be taken out for brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking.

This might sound silly, but the number of people who think they can take out the aligners for hours a day is quite high.

Not wearing your Invisalign for 22 hours a day minimum can hugely affect your results, so you should make sure that you are fully willing to make this commitment prior to pursuing the treatment.

Seeing as the average patient spends £4,000-£5,000 on the procedure, it’s important to get what you want out of the treatment.

For some, it can be easy to forget and that’s ok too – we’re all human and it happens. But consistently taking out your aligners when you are not supposed to will not provide you with the results that you might have been hoping for.

The average patient usually completes their treatment within 12 months. However, you will also be required to wear a retainer following your treatment to prevent teeth from slipping back into their old positions and prevent retention.

So, it’s important to bear in mind that wearing something over your teeth does not just end once the aligners are allowed to come off.

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They don’t call them invisible braces for a reason!

A lot of feedback we receive from our patients is that in reality, no one knew they wear wearing braces, which is incredible.

However, some have noted that it had taken them a while to get used to wearing them and learn how to talk whilst wearing them.

Certain sentences with lots of “s” sounds can be difficult to master in the beginning stages as it is known to expect a little bit of a lisp as your mouth gets used to wearing the aligners.

But do rest assured that this is only a short period of time, whilst it may be slightly embarrassing in the beginning, towards the end of your treatment you will be speaking confidently and easily with no lisp whatsoever!

It’s all a part of the process.

expect your oral hygiene routine to increase

Now, we’re not just saying this because we are dentists, we know from hundreds of cases and lots of feedbacks what it’s really like to wear aligners on a daily basis, and it involves a lot of tooth cleaning.

You will want to keep your aligners and teeth clean – so it is recommended that after eating you brush your teeth, this is to ensure that you do not stain the plastic with foods such as curry, pasta, berries, etc.

So, assuming you eat just three times a day, that will likely result in brushing your teeth three times.

For our adult patients who have undergone this procedure, they have noted that they have carried mini toothbrushes with them in case they needed to brush their teeth on the move.

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it might be best to limit your coffee intake

In general, strictly speaking, it’s probably best to stay away from drinks and foods that might stain your Invisalign aligners – this does not mean that you should stay away from coffee for a year, because Invisalign is designed to not disrupt your daily life.

What is probably best to do is remove your aligners when drinking teeth, coffee, and red wine, this way you can feel secure that your aligners stay in tip-top condition.

But again, it’s probably best to devise a little routine and incorporate your coffee into breakfast time, this is because it’s likely best that you brush your teeth before you put your trays back in. The way same will go for when you are drinking wine, or something similar.

This is often something our patients always wish they knew beforehand, as with the subtle changes to routine of having to really look after your aligners are not necessarily what people expect when pursuing the treatment.

you’re likely not to snack as much

It’s also because of the above that you will likely not want to snack as much, which can be the biggest blessing in disguise to some.

As mentioned, after every meal, you will need to brush and clean your teeth. So, when you do happen to get a craving, you will probably stop and ask yourself, “Is it worth it?”

For many, nine times out of ten, it’s not.

So senseless snacking becomes something of the past, which has led to some people losing weight by just cutting out unneeded snacks throughout the day. And whilst you may be cursing your Invisalign for not having a biscuit with your tea, you may begin to notice your clothes fit better, and you feel more energised – not so bad really!

it is actually painless

If you have ever had conventional braces, you will understand how painful it was to tighten them! Comparing traditional brace pain to Invisalign does make Invis look like a dream.

Realistically, you probably won’t be able to bite down on a raw carrot your first day, but within a week, they will not feel so tight and is a lot more comfortable due to the smart material it’s crafted from.

And for the romantics out there, kissing is not much of an issue either!

it’s worth it!

Lastly, it’s worth it. Regardless of the number of times, you have to brush your teeth, 98% of our patients said they would do it all over again.

What’s better is that the habits you train yourself out of with Invisalign stick around, so you are more likely to keep up a strong oral hygiene routine, which will keep your oral condition healthy and active.

Plus, straight pearly white teeth do not hurt either!

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your complete guide to invisalign

Thinking of pursuing the treatment? Below are helpful links and resources to educate you fully about the innovative treatment.

The process starts with a FREE discovery consultation where we discuss your needs and requirements with a Computerised Photographic Assessment to help you understand the possibilities.

We are at this stage, able to assist you with potential options available to you.

Depending on your requirements we can customize and tailor-make individual treatments plan to suit your needs and budgets.

We can also provide you with a computer-aided smile analysis and a handcrafted Trial Preview, to gives you the opportunity to see your smile before we even touch your teeth.

We also use Bite Analysis technology to ensure a long-lasting, comfortable and healthy final result.

what bite problems invisalign treats

Invisalign treatment can be used to widely correct many orthodontic issues.

The procedure solves oral problems like:

  • Overcrowding, which causes crooked teeth
  • Diastema; spaces between teeth
  • Overjets
  • Narrow buccal corridors also referred to as narrow smiles/arches
  • Underbites
  • Rotated teeth
  • Crossbite

For the best results, you will be required to wear your aligners for 22 hours each day. They can be removed to eat, drink, floss and brush.

Yes, in order to avoid retention, retainers are to be worn following treatment – the length of time will vary from patient to patient and will be advised by the dentist during your consultation.

Invisalign timeline and steps

  • STEP 1: Comprehensive Assessment
  • STEP 2: Digital 3D CliniCheck Simulation
  • STEP 3: Personalised Aligner Manufacture
  • STEP 4: Fitting of Aligner
  • STEP 5: Review and Adjustment
  • STEP 6: Fixed & Vivera Retainer
  • STEP 7: Review
  • STEP 8: Refinement and Enhancement

We know that seeing is believing and with Invisalign SmileView, you can do exactly that; see your new smile.

All you need to do is upload a photo of yourself smiling to Invisalign in order to see how powerful the aligners could be to transform your smile and teeth.

You can upload via your mobile device and laptop and in just 30 seconds you can visualise what your smile could look like.

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When visiting our practice for a consultation, we will show you a computer-generated simulation of your smile, so please do bear in mind that we will do extra work here to meet your requirements and expectations, so our results may vary slightly. But rest assured, the results will be great!

  • Removable
  • Invisible
  • Strengthens oral health
  • Does not disrupt the day-to-day
  • Treatment is done at home and in private
  • Fewer dental appointments
  • Monthly orthodontic readjustments
  • More comfortable
  • Powerful
  • Results are noticeable in just a few weeks
  • Faster
  • No wires, no brackets, no bands and no metal

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An unparalleled level of patient trust: Dr Rahul Doshi is the founder of the Perfect Smile and is the current President of the BACD. He is also rated one of the top 50 influential dentists in the UK.

With over 25 years of experience, Perfect Smile Studios has a highly skilled team that has access to the latest dental technology.

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One of the best Invisalign providers in not just the UK, but Europe. This status means the practice has completed hundreds and hundreds of Invisalign cases making them one of the most experienced Invisalign doctors.

Some discomfort can be experienced when wearing them for the first time as your mouth get used to them, however, this is nothing compared to the discomfort experienced when braces are tightened or placed. Made from SmartTrack materials, Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and non-disruptive to daily lives or activities.

You will be provided with spares in case this happens! However, if you have lost your spare you should get in touch with us immediately so we can organise for a new one to be sent to you.

compare invisalign against other brace systems

ConsiderationsInvisalignTraditional Braces
Cost£1,500-£5,000£3,000-£7,000
DurationWorn 22 hours a day (3-12 months)Cemented 24/7 (18 months)
MaintenanceAligners need to be kept clean by brushing and rinsingBrush teeth whilst wearing braces and floss
AppointmentsInitial consultation, fitting appointment and reviewRegular visits to get braces tightened and final removal
AftercareRequires a retainerRequires a retainer
Ideal forChildren, teens and adultsComplex dental problems

Transparent pricing: how much does invisalign cost?

A number of factors will affect the total cost of your treatment, this is due to any preliminary work that may need to be carried out. This is because there are many different types of Invisalign clear aligner systems, such as Invisalign Go, Invisalign Full, Invisalign Teen and Invisalign First.

Prices range from £1,500-£5,000 and here at the Perfect Smile, we offer our patients the chance to spread the cost.

Our prices include:

  • Specialist led treatment
  • Fixed or removable retainers
  • Hygiene session
  • Aftercare

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How much is invisalign monthly on 0% finance?

*Based on Invisalign Go treatments

  • £208.33pm for 12 months
  • £104.17pm for 24 months
  • £100.00pm for 24 months with a £100 deposit
  • £95.83pm for 24 months with a £200 deposit
  • £83.33pm for 24 months with a £300 deposit
  • £87.50pm for 24 months with a £400 deposit
  • £83.33pm for 24 months with a £500 deposit

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