Common FAQs about Invisalign aligners answered

Are you eager to learn more about invisible aligners and how they can help you straighten your smile?


At Weybridge Orthodontics, our team knows all there is to know about braces and aligners, especially Invisalign Weybridge. So if you ever need help straightening your teeth, we are the people to go to!

Want to know a bit more about Invisalign Weybridge? Here, our team at the practice answers the most common questions we receive from patients about this convenient aligner.

What are invisible aligners?

Invisible aligners like Invisalign Weybridge are visually similar to sports guards, but are custom-fitted to your teeth. Instead of being made from thick plastic, they are made from thinner clear plastic which, while durable, is not as hard and is more comfortable to wear in daily life.

They usually come in packs of around 14 and, instead of using force to move your teeth in the way that standard braces do, invisible aligners gently push your teeth; each aligner in the series has a slightly different shape, to encourage your teeth to move.

Who can benefit from wearing them?

If you have a mild to moderate misalignment, overbite, underbite, spacing or overcrowding, then you are likely to benefit from wearing invisible aligners.

But to find out if you are suitable for them, you will need to see a member of our team for an initial consultation.

How long do they need to realign teeth?

When it comes to invisible aligners, they are estimated to take between 3-6 months to correct minor issues with misalignment. However, if you have a more complicated case of misalignment but our team still thinks you could correct it using an invisible aligner, then you may be wearing them for up to 9 months and over.

For a more accurate guide on how long your realignment will take, talk to a member of our team.

Aren’t they too expensive for most people to afford?

Surprisingly, no.

While you may look at the guide price online for invisible aligners and find them to be a little high, many dental surgeries (including ours) can offer them to you with financing options. That means you can spread the cost of the aligners over several months, helping you to get the smile that you want without breaking the bank.

For more information about this, talk to our team.

Can’t I get them cheaper online?

There have been many attempts by dental companies to offer patients unbranded invisible aligners in their own homes; all you have to do is send off for the kit, take a mould of your teeth and then, the aligners are sent straight to your home.

However, while these alternatives may be cheaper than the invisible aligners you can find in a dental clinic, there are often issues with them. For one thing, without a professional to oversee the mould taking process of examining your teeth at the beginning, the chances of an error occurring go up. And of course, when designing the actual shapes of the aligners, this is not a  good thing!

To get straighter teeth sooner (and safely) always approach a qualified dentist, like our team at Weybridge Orthodontics.