Is Invisalign right for you?

What is Invisalign?


Invisalign is an innovative treatment solution for the treatment of orthodontic conditions. Orthodontic conditions are very widespread and can range in severity from minor aesthetic issues to conditions impairing one’s ability to speak or eat properly and thus having a great impact on the quality of life. Many people who require orthodontic treatment often do not seek it due to aesthetic concerns. This was a significant driving force for research and development of orthodontic treatments and resulted in the invention of invisible aligners, the first and most widely known brand of which is Invisalign. Invisible aligners are plastic ‘moulds’ of a patient’s dental arches, which perfectly fit on them. They are made out of a transparent plastic, which makes them incredibly hard to notice. If you are interested in getting Invisalign in Weybridge, contact our dental practice, Weybridge Orthodontics in Surrey to gain more information about them, and to find out whether they are suitable for you in our consultation session.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Probably the most obvious benefit of Invisalign in Weybridge compared to other orthodontic treatments is the invisibility of it. The plastic material the aligners are made out of is transparent, therefore you do not need to worry about someone noticing them, unless you tell them! Another important benefit is the reduced feeling of discomfort. As it is made out of plastic, you will not feel any metallic ‘background’ taste as some do with traditional metal braces with brackets. It will also not irritate you in the sense sharp metallic objects could; the surface of the aligners is smooth, and given their perfect fit on your dental arches they blend into your mouth to the point they are almost unnoticeable. The aligners can be removed and cleaned. This is especially important if you tend to consume drinks or food that could stain the aligners, such as coffee, tea or red wine. They allow you to maintain your normal oral hygiene routine due to their removability.

Are there any disadvantages of getting Invisalign?

As it is with most treatments, no treatment is perfect for every individual. This is true for Invisalign as well. Some conditions and natural characteristics rule out the possibility of getting invisible aligners. One of these is having certain teeth shapes, such as very round or small teeth. If you already have some dental works, such as crowns, bridges or dental implants, invisible aligners may also not be suitable for you.

How does an Invisalign treatment work?

First you need to book a consultation session in our dental clinic, where we evaluate your condition and help you determine whether Invisalign  in Weybridge is the best option for you. This is followed by taking a 3D image of your oral cavity, which helps us in designing your custom made aligners. Once this is done, the aligners are manufactured. A series of them must be worn for a defined period of time. You must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours each day, therefore Invisible aligners require significant commitment on your side. If you think this is not ideal for you, there are always other options, and we would be happy to help you in finding the best alternative for you.