Do aligners work better than braces?

Clear aligners, like Invisalign Weybridge, that we provide are quite different from the standard metal braces. They do have similar functions, so why isn’t it straightforward to compare them?


Providing both aligners and braces for many years has given us an interesting perspective on this debate.

Both the clear aligner and the traditional metal brace are tools that orthodontists use to correct misaligned teeth, with the fundamental of all orthodontic treatment being tooth placement. Teeth may seem static in a day to day life, but much like plate tectonics, they are very active on longer time scales. and will respond to forces placed on them over long time periods, shifting their position. Hence why so few dental practitioners are eager for babies to suck dummies or pacifiers, as it can alter the position of their front teeth.

The controversy around clear aligners in the early days of their adoption in the 2010s was, could they provide the necessary force to progressively move teeth? There had been many early attempts with plastic dental splints, but they were found to be ineffective, so could aligners do it? 

With Invisalign Weybridge, we know exactly how this brace does it. The development of the clear aligner revolves around extensive use of computer modelling, using a base model of a human mouth as a starting point. This is then calibrated with a scan of the patient’s teeth, to give a starting position. Then, an orthodontist trained to use the software can re-design the tooth positions into a well meshing, aesthetically pleasing state; the end result of the brace.

From these two ‘frames,’ the software calculates a smooth transition of tooth movement and determines the minimum force required to alter the tooth’s position, as well as the angle that the forces need to be applied from. With this information, a set of clear aligners can be made with the ability to generate these forces when worn over the teeth, using only the elastic properties of the plastic aligner.

The traditional metal brace has an anchor point for each tooth, with each of these points clamped on to the arc wire, connecting them. Once fitted, this is worn for the duration of the treatment. Periodically, you will attend an orthodontic appointment for readjusting and tightening of the brace moving the teeth into their new positions.

So how do they differ?

The Invisalign Weybridge aligner may not be permanently fixed in the patient’s mouth, but it does have to be worn almost constantly day and night to be considered effective. The forces applied by the aligners are carried out more efficiently. So they are only effective at altering the position of non-molar teeth. 

The metal brace can be used on a wider variety of orthodontic issues and are effective even in the most severe cases, but require larger adjustments, making them far more uncomfortable. There is also added inconvenience of cleaning after eating and their appearance.

If you can use a clear aligner, we would recommend that you do, to alleviate some of the inconveniences of the metal option.

Treating orthodontic issues with Invisalign

At our clinic, we offer Invisalign Weybridge as an alternative to braces for mild to moderate misalignments and cosmetic cases. They have been well accepted and are more comfortable, convenient and often cheaper than standard braces. But how do they work?


A course of treatment with clear aligners involves wearing a set of aligners, each one for about two weeks to reposition the teeth, moving them towards a straighter, better meshing profile.

What is the treatment pathway?

Before you can make an informed decision on whether aligners are suitable, you need to be assessed by our orthodontist and have a conversation about your expectations. Aligners are useful, but have yet to be effective for severe cases, and cannot be used to re-position molars. So, sometimes a metal brace is a better option.

If clear aligners are going to be helpful and you decide to continue on to treatment with Invisalign Weybridge , the first step is to take a 3D scan of your teeth. This can be done directly with a scanner, which is placed inside your mouth or we can send a dental mould to the manufacturer who will scan it in a studio.

This starting scan is used as the baseline in developing a treatment schedule. An orthodontist will use ClinCheck, a software program developed by the brand to re-organise the teeth in the computer model. This re-imagined arrangement will be the end state of your treatment. The program will then predict all the in between movements necessary to get from the starting scan to the idealised endpoint. This involves calculating the forces required to move the teeth and the direction of those forces at each time step; this is known as a force vector map.

The next step is creating a clear plastic aligner which can generate the forces which are required; the set of computer-generated aligners needed to be created in the real world for them to be of any use to you! And with such individualised forms, the only viable manufacturing technique is to 3D print them in UV light-cured resin; not too different from the resins used in bondings and crowns.

Wearing the aligners

You must be committed to wearing your aligner as much as possible, day and night to have the desired effect. You don’t need to remove them while eating, but they should be out of your mouth for no longer than 2 hours per day. Longer gaps will delay treatment and lead to you getting stuck, having to use the same aligner for longer than 2 weeks or regressing and having to go back to a previous aligner.

The everyday routine of using Invisalign Weybridge  quickly becomes second nature. The translucency and streamlined designs make them unobtrusive to use and it is highly unlikely for anyone to notice them.

Do clear aligners hurt?

The plastic form of the aligner does constantly push on your teeth, which can be uncomfortable, but patients who have used both aligners and metal braces report that they are much more tolerable than having a brace tightened.

What about home kit aligners?

At-home kits or any aligner not used under the supervision of a medical professional have been counter-indicated by the BOS (British Orthodontic Society) and so, we cannot condone their use.

Is Invisalign in Weybridge better than Smile Direct?

Clear and invisible aligners are the newest addition to the club of orthodontic tools that our dentists use to treat tooth misalignment, but there are aligners which are available for at-home use. The market leaders across both types are Invisalign Weybridge and Smile Direct; which is considered better? Let’s take this head-on and get some clarity on these clear aligner manufacturers.


The beginning of the clear aligner began being tested back in the ’70s and was referred to as a dental splint. They showed that the elastic force generated by plastic under tension could move teeth over time, but this seemed initially like a dead end.

In the ’90s, the idea took a great leap forward when two medical students decided to pair these dental splints with computer-guided orthodontics. The role of the computer was to run an anatomically correct model of a generic patient’s mouth. This could later be calibrated to meet the unique dental situation of each patient.

From this model, the quantity of force and time required to move teeth to their new positions could be accurately predicted. Knowing how hard each tooth needs to be pushed or pulled, and from what angles these forces need to be applied allows an aligner to be created which can apply those forces when under tension.

The aligners themselves, although deceptively simple in appearance, are extremely personalised and have to be used in the correct sequence to be effective. This created a manufacturing problem of how to cheaply make one-off items. It was the early 21st century and the rise of 3D printers that proved to be the solution.

With all of the technical hurdles crossed, we soon had our Invisalign Weybridge. Allowing us to provide aligners, the task of an aligner manufacturer and dentist is complementary by working inside of dental clinics like Weybridge Orthodontics as partners. The invisible brace company can rely on the expertise and guidance of our dentists to help patients through their treatment. It’s in the interest of the manufacturer, the clinic and the patient that the treatment with these braces is effective.

Our dentists provide the initial assessment and present these clear aligners as a possible solution to orthodontic issues. If treatment is pursued by the patient, carrying out an oral scan or taking a dental mould which is used to calibrate the computer model is typically the next stage.

Aligners that are not provided by dentists in practices do not operate in the same manner. Advertising directly to potential patients via TV and online, there is little motivation in them exploring any other orthodontic solutions other than the aligners that they manufacture. The reliance on home moulding kits introduces a lot of uncertainty into the effectiveness of the finished aligners, as a poorly taken mould will result in an incorrectly calibrated computer model and less, or ineffective aligners. 

The volume of passion that many online manufacturers have compared to staff like ours is lower. As a local Invisalign Weybridgepractice, losing that one to one service that is associated with good quality dentistry and higher levels of care also results in the loss of personal responsibility for patients, which we pride ourselves with having as a community family dentist.

Invisalign treatment with orthodontics in Weybridge

If you are looking for Invisalign to straighten your teeth we at Weybridge Orthodontics can work to achieve the most favourable result with your treatment. Invisalign is designed to straighten teeth in the same way as braces, however it will be done discreetly. At Weybridge Orthodontics we offer a range of treatments to solve our patients’ dental issues. Invisalign Weybridge is a popular solution to fix misaligned teeth and improve an individual’s smile. We provide custom-made clear aligners for a patient to wear throughout the treatment process. If you are wanting to look further into this treatment, do not hesitate to book a free consultation to talk to us about Invisalign Weybridge.


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign Weybridge consists of a clear, transparent aligner which is designed and manufactured specifically for a patient’s teeth. Each time an aligner is removed and replaced with a new set, the teeth structure starts to change and develop. This will occur until the teeth are in the prescribed alignment that the orthodontist had recommended. These invisible aligners will be changed regularly, every two weeks, to adjust the current structure of the patient’s teeth.

For those individuals who prefer an invisible look when considering braces Invisalign is highly recommended. Invisalign braces have the ability to be removed, this can be in situations such as eating and drinking. They can also be removed when a patient wants to clean them. Since the sets of aligners are made from high quality material, the aligners will work effectively to achieve the desired result.

Who is Invisalign suitable for?

At Weybridge Orthodontics we will check whether Invisalign is the appropriate method to use when meeting a patient at the first consultation. This will take a series of 2 steps to put this to test.

Step 1 will consist of an initial scan of the patient’s teeth which will usually happen at the first consultation. This will create a 3D virtual illustration of a treatment plan that will be best suitable for the patient. This will present aspects such as what movements of the teeth the treatment will entail and the final result of how it will turn out. This is also referred to as Clincheck. This will also include the duration and length of time the treatment process will take.

At step 2 the results will be able to form the suitable clear, shaped aligners for the specified patient; these are custom made. When the patient is happy to proceed with the treatment plan an initial deposit will need to be paid to produce the Invisalign aligners. This can be paid over 18-24 months through the use of monthly instalments. At Weybridge Orthodontics we also provide a fee guide for individuals to find out the prices of monthly payments, this will be available on request.

Treatment aftercare

After an Invisalign treatment it is highly advised to wear a retainer, however there are several steps that can also be taken in advance. Daily brushing and flossing should be maintained as per usual; patients can also use a fluoride mouthwash if possible. It is also recommended to visit our dentist and get regular check-ups to make sure that both the gums and teeth are monitored. Another form of aftercare treatment is to maintain a healthy diet and try to avoid eating sweets and sugary drinks, to make the most of your new smile.

What is Invisalign treatment like?

Invisalign in Weybridge is a relatively modern alternative to braces; not surprising when you consider that the metal orthodontic brace has been in clinics for more than a century. The clear aligners are a set of 3D printed, UV light-cured forms which are worn on the teeth to progressively straighten them. They are both lightweight and see through, making them very subtle and extremely easy to wear.


How do you get clear aligners?

An assessment has to be performed; there is a good range of conditions clear aligners can help with and few restrictions on using them, but an orthodontist will still need to check if they are appropriate for you.

If you decide to proceed, a 3D model of your teeth is made. This used to be done by producing a dental mould, but now we use an intraoral scanner and construct the model directly from your teeth.

The scans are uploaded into a specialist piece of software, ClinCheck, and an orthodontist digitally moves the tooth positions and orientations until they are aligned. ClinCheck then uses the final tooth position and the original tooth position to calculate the required forces and directions of those forces, the vectors, to achieve the planned alterations.

Only then can the aligners be designed to apply the correct force vectors to the teeth. Each aligner can only apply force dependent on its elasticity, which is only effective over very small distances. As the teeth move, the aligner must be replaced with the next one in the sequence, pushing the teeth to their final positions.

How to get the most from aligners

The aligners must be worn as often as you can, except when eating, up to 21-22 hours per day. The presence of the aligners will prevent the natural flow of saliva over your teeth, so it is important to brush your teeth after eating before you replace your aligners to prevent cavities.

For most people, wearing aligners becomes second nature and it’s easy to forget you’re wearing them. They are very thin and are unlikely to affect your speech. Most of the time Invisalign Weybridge is just overlooked.

Does Invisalign hurt?

Using Invisalign Weybridge on many patients, we have noticed that the way these aligners constantly apply force to the teeth causes much less discomfort than a metal brace. This seems to be due to the more giving nature of the plastic, and the way the minimum forces are being applied to move the tooth. This is dictated by computer modelling which is used to design the aligner.

Virtual visits

If you’re interested or wondering if a clear aligner might be right for you, we are offering virtual visits and consultations with our orthodontists. These are free and no obligation, which can be helpful for nervous patients or those who are self-isolating during this difficult time.

To find out more you can call us or refer to our website where there is more information on how we can help you with Invisalign Weybridge.

Invisalign – how does it work and why do we offer it to our patients?

If you have spent any time online looking up orthodontics you have probably seen something about clear aligners. Our Invisalign in Weybridge service is the only clear aligner we offer, but why?


The clear aligner is not a new idea, there had been attempts to find an alternative to braces using plastic from the 1970s onwards, but those dental splints were eventually abandoned. Rubber gum shield aligners worn over a brace to reduce overall treatment time were briefly experimented with. This did reduce the need for braces, but never had widespread use as they were impractical for many patients to use.

There had to be a few breakthroughs in material sciences and manufacturing before invisible aligners were viable. So a small start-up proposed the idea of making moulds of a patient’s teeth and digitalising them in a scanning studio. Then, using the resulting 3D model and an anatomically correct simulation of a mouth, they would be able to predict the quantity and directions of forces required to move the teeth to new positions. These vectors were then used to digitally create an aligner that would generate those forces when placed in the patient’s mouth.

The digital aligner was then 3D printed; this was very novel in the 90s and the use of computing in dentistry was seen as cutting edge, therefore a patent was awarded. As 3D scanning and printing boomed, the cost reduced and quality rose, only improving the methods championed by this brand of invisible braces.

Our Invisalign Weybridge makes full use of the power of computing in dentistry. The newest versions of ClinCheck, the software developed by this brand of brace, is used in our clinic. It has the capacity to show you predicted outcomes of using clear aligners.

Despite their patent, some competitors have entered the clear aligner market in recent years, many using direct TV and online advertising. They promise rapid results and are happy to provide aligners based on DIY dental mould at home and completing a questionnaire. This business model has been condemned by the British Orthodontic Society, who have warned that the use of clear aligners without the supervision of a clinician could cause long term damage and questions the motivations of suppliers who operate without dentists.

Invisalign Weybridge is provided via our dental staff giving us full oversight and allowing us to advise each patient on the suitability of clear aligners for them. We would only use aligner manufacturers who exclusively work within dental clinics.

The communication with your local dentist is an important part of the effectiveness and safe use of any aligner. Your initial consultation with our orthodontist for Invisalign Weybridge will be free and without obligation.

If you have any further questions or would like to book a consultation with us feel free to contact us by telephone or email us. We are happy to see you in person, but following government guidelines with infection prevention and control, please contact us before you arrive at the clinic. We will ensure a safe tooth straightening journey with Invisalign.

Invisalign Weybridge: Weybridge Orthodontics and you

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we care about all of our patients’ needs and we understand the importance of feeling confident in the treatment we provide. For many adults, however, the thought of choosing visible braces to improve the alignment of their smile makes them feel like doing anything but smile and we know it! Choosing Invisalign Weybridge with us at Weybridge Orthodontics could be the solution you’re looking for.

What is Invisalign Weybridge?

Invisalign is an alternative to fixed, visible braces. It consists of clear plastic aligners that are bespoke, made to fit comfortably along the gum line. As the name suggests, when worn, they are barely visible to other people and are basically invisible! The aligners apply gentle pressure to your teeth to gradually move them into the desired position. You will receive sets of aligners to take home and change on a weekly basis, coming for check-ups every six weeks or so.

Why should I choose Invisalign?

If you’re looking for a discreet solution to realigning your smile, then Invisalign does just that. We find that our patients enjoy the flexibility that Invisalign offers. You can remove the aligners when brushing and flossing, enabling you to look after your teeth and gums properly. You can also remove them when you are eating and drinking, so there’s no need to clean your dinner off them after having enjoyed a meal – a slightly less pleasant way to end a meal! Not only that, but you can remove the aligners when you want to play a particular sport or if you have a social event that you don’t want to wear them for. The flexibility and choice that Invisalign offers allows you to have control over your treatment and still get results – as long as you generally aim for around 22 hours a day of wearing the aligners.

Another major benefit to choosing Invisalign is that they are comfortable to wear. This is thanks to the fact that you will have an iTero scan which will get the exact measurements of your mouth for your aligners to be made and allows a 3D animation to be made to show you what your teeth will look like after treatment, before you’ve even started wearing them! There’s nothing like a little bit of imagination to help your motivation for treatment. Invisalign also offers a range for teenagers called InvisalignTeen and motivation factors can always be useful – the scan just won’t get them to do their homework any more willingly!

Finally, clear plastic aligners tend not to break as easily as other brace systems such as fixed braces. This means you shouldn’t be needing as many emergency appointments, if any. We know that you will have a lot of commitments and won’t want to be visiting us too frequently and you shouldn’t have to. If you do need to see us, though, we are always here and ready to help. Just book in with our friendly receptionists for an appointment and we look forward to greeting you.

For a smile that shines, check out Invisalign and find the confidence that a great smile brings.

Invisalign Weybridge, giving you something to smile about

Having misaligned teeth can be a source of embarrassment, anxiety and frustration. At Weybridge Orthodontics, we believe that nobody should feel like this. We want our patients to feel confident and happy, smiling on the inside and out. Invisalign Weybridge offers a discreet solution to realigning your teeth and is comfortable and convenient too. We believe that you deserve the very best and that’s why our extensive range of treatments includes one of the most popular brands of aligners on the market.


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign Weybridge is a discreet solution to realigning your teeth because it consists of clear plastic aligners that sit comfortably on the gum line. They apply gentle pressure to your teeth to gradually move them into the desired position. When worn, they are hardly noticeable thanks to the clear plastic that they’re made from. They are also durable and aren’t prone to breaking as there are no small parts. You will receive sets of aligners to take home and change on a weekly basis, only coming to see us for check-up appointments every 6 weeks or so.

How do I get Invisalign?

If you are interested in trying Invisalign, the first thing you need to do is book in for a consultation with us at Weybridge Orthodontics. We will give you a thorough examination and check to see if Invisalign is the right treatment for you. If it is, we will then scan your mouth with iTero technology to get the measurements for your aligners and from this we can also make a 3D animation of what your teeth will look like after treatment. It’s advanced technology at its finest! Invisalign can treat mild to moderate alignment issues and we will be happy to discuss your individual circumstances with you and let you know what will work best for you.

Why is Invisalign worth having?

The beauty of Invisalign is the fact that people won’t notice you’re wearing the aligners – unless you tell them! They can be removed when you are eating and drinking, so you won’t have a messy clean up operation after every meal. When you want to brush and floss, you can also keep up this important part of your oral hygiene routine with ease, as you don’t need to wear your aligners while you do this. You can also remove them if you have a particular occasion you don’t want to wear them for, or if you want to take part in sports. We only advise that you try to wear your aligners for around an average of 22 hours a day leaving you plenty of flexibility for the rest of the time.

Invisalign is also a comfortable solution to realigning your teeth. As the aligners are made-to-measure for your specific mouth, they should fit nice and snugly on the gumline and not rub. If you do have any issues, we are more than happy to see you and for the rest of the time, you will be given sets of aligners to change at home on a weekly basis and will only need to come and see us for check-ups every 6 weeks or so, saving you from frequent visits and time off work to do so.

If you have children who also need treatment, Invisalign has a range especially for young people called Invisalign Teen.

So, if you think that Invisalign might be a treatment you’d like to find out more about, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We want you to feel confident about your smile and we’re confident that we can help you.

Unsure if Invisalign is the brace for you? An introductory guide from Weybridge Orthodontics

If you are an adult who has misaligned teeth, it can really impact on your confidence.


Everyday activities like smiling in photographs or attending social gatherings can feel harder, often resulting in a reduction in social outings, which does little to boost confidence.

Of course, many adults believe that the only way to get a straighter smile past the age of 18 is with traditional, or metal braces. Luckily, this is no longer true!

Now in the world of adult orthodontics, there are numerous ways for you to get the straighter smile that you have always wanted, and few of them involve wearing a far-from-discreet metal brace!

When you come to Weybridge Orthodontics, our team will choose the most appropriate aligner for you. We are able to offer our suitable patients the world-renowned Invisalign in Weybridge, which combines the strength of a regular metal brace with the discretion of, well, near-invisibility! What more could you want from a brace?

Want to know more about Invisalign in Weybridge? Read on for our brief, jargon-free guide to this orthodontic option.

What is it?

As you are likely to have guessed, Invisalign in Weybridge is an invisible brace. Well, near enough!

Made from clear plastic, this treatment involves the use of custom-fitted trays to move your teeth from their old positions into newer ones, without exerting force or causing much discomfort. 

How does it work?

As mentioned earlier, this invisible brace uses a set of custom-fitted trays to move your teeth. When you attend your initial consultation, our team will take a 3-D scan of the inside of your mouth and use associated computer imaging to produce a step-by-step guide on how your teeth will move. These images will then be sent to a laboratory, where the trays will be created to support each step of this treatment.

Once your aligner feels loose, you simply pop in the next one!

Does it treat all orthodontic issues?

While this brace is now able to treat a wider variety of misalignments, protrusions and spacing problems, it is unsuitable for more complex orthodontic problems.

If you present with a more challenging orthodontic case, our team at Weybridge Orthodontics may recommend treatment with a fitted clear brace or a traditional one.

Can I take it out?

Yes, you can.

This brace is fully removable and requires no tightening from an orthodontist to work. As it is removable, you can eat, drink or brush your teeth with ease, without needing to worry about food getting stuck in your braces. Just make sure that you put it back in afterwards!

How long will the treatment take?

Although it is removable, this brace works surprisingly quickly.

On average, many patients wear this brace for around 6 months, but this will vary depending on your unique case. It may also be used in a treatment plan with other braces, which usually cuts this time down drastically.

To achieve results, you need to wear it for a minimum of 22 hours each day.

Not sure how to care for your new Invisalign brace? 5 tips from Weybridge Orthodontics

When you are told you qualify for treatment with an invisible brace, it will probably present you with an array of different questions.


Unlike traditional braces, invisible ones are often removable and require specific care in order to keep them invisible and functional. And, unless you know a lot of people who have worn an invisible brace, it is unlikely that you will know how to manage this brace in day-to-day life.

Luckily, our team can help!

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we have a wealth of experience of working with both clear and invisible braces and can provide you with some all-important tips. One of our most popular braces, Invisalign in Weybridge, requires a bit more care than many people assume and so, our team has provided the following guide in jargon-free language.

So, read on to learn more about how to cope with the day-to-day puzzles that treatment with Invisalign in Weybridge may bring!

Wearing time

Our team may have already informed you of this, but in order for Invisalign in Weybridge to work quickly and effectively, you will need to wear it for a bare minimum of 22 hours per day.

While this may sound challenging, this brace is designed to be comfortable to wear, and as it is custom fitted to each stage of treatment, you shouldn’t notice that you are wearing it. This brace is comfortable enough to sleep in!

Small toothbrushes

It is a fact that when you wear braces that slot over your teeth that are also removable, you have to keep your teeth clean, to avoid pressing bacteria against the enamel.

So, while wearing this brace, it is worth investing in a toothbrush to take with you to work, evenings out or any other social function where you will be eating.

Before you put the brace back in, brush your teeth thoroughly to ensure any debris from the food has been removed to avoid decay.


When you are given this brace by our team at Weybridge Orthodontics, it will come with a plastic carry case.

While it may be oh so tempting to simply put the brace in your bag when you aren’t wearing it, it is vital that you put it back into the carry case. This will protect it from being damaged and will be easier for you to find it if you are prone to forgetfulness! Simple!

Water only!

In the modern world, we should all be drinking more water.

In the hustle and bustle of working life, many people drink more powerful drinks, such as coffee or tea. To avoid staining, when you wear this brace, stick to drinking water. If you can’t resist getting a coffee at lunch, be sure to remove your brace and to brush your teeth afterwards!


How do you clean this brace?

Simple; you run it under a lukewarm tap to remove debris and brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush. No mouthwash, no toothpaste and no force, this brace is easy to clean. Perfect!