Virtually invisible aligners
Over the course of your treatment, you will be given a set of removable aligners that look a bit like retainers. The system uses thermoplastic material to gradually straighten your teeth.
To keep the straightening process going, your aligners need to be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. You can remove them for eating or brushing your teeth, but if taken out too much, treatment won’t be as effective.
The total treatment time averages from nine to 18 months but can take as little as three1 depending on the type of Invisalign aligners you have.
Types of Invisalign treatment
There are different types of Invisalign systems which might be suitable for you, depending on your clinical needs. At Total Orthodontics, we can offer:
- Invisalign full: The most common type of Invisalign treatment which can treat several common orthodontic issues.
- Invisalign Teen: Invisalign treatment specifically designed for teenagers, which includes parent-friendly features such as indicators if your child isn’t wearing their aligners enough.
- Invisalign Lite: Suitable for the treatment of simple to moderate orthodontic issues. Treatment time can take as little as three months2.
- Invisalign i7: A type of cosmetic teeth straightening designed for mild cosmetic orthodontic issues.
Benefits of Invisalign treatment
If you’re considering orthodontic treatment but don’t like the thought of fixed braces, then clear aligners could prove the ideal solution. Our patients love the fact that they’re:
- Almost invisible: It’s barely noticeable you’re having your teeth straightened
- Custom-made: Each set of aligners are unique to your teeth
- Removable when needed: Eat and brush as normal throughout treatment
- Less painful4: Invisalign aligners can be less painful than traditional metal braces
If you’re not sure about Invisalign aligners but are still interested in straightening your teeth with orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist can talk you through all the available treatment options for you during an initial consultation.
Alternative treatment options
As with all braces, it’s important to make sure you’re suitable for Invisalign. Some orthodontic problems can be too much for aligners, and in these cases, we’d recommend clear or lingual braces as discreet alternatives.
If you’re ready to learn how Invisalign could work for you, most of our practices offer free consultations† so you can find out more before you commit to a treatment plan. Simply fill out the free consultation form below, including your preferred practice, and someone will be in touch.
Clear braces, also known as ceramic braces, consist of transparent or tooth-coloured brackets, and provide a more discreet alternative to traditional metal braces.
They offer the same precise results as fixed braces and are one of our most affordable ‘invisible’ options, making them a popular choice for both adults and teenagers.
We offer a range of the latest clear braces, including Clarity™ ADVANCED and Avex, both of which have been designed with discreetness and comfort in mind.
The benefits of clear braces
Clear braces blend almost seamlessly with your teeth, allowing you to confidently smile your way through treatment. While a smooth ergonomic design aims to reduce any discomfort.
Damon Clear also has the added benefit of a self-ligating design, which means less trips to the orthodontist and easier cleaning for you.
Dental implants provide a substitute for the root of your teeth, which is made out of titanium and is secured to your jaw bone.
A hole is drilled where it is needed and the implant is screwed or tapped into place. The implant is often placed at the same time as the original tooth is removed.
The outer surface of the implant is coated, allowing the bone tissue to grow. This helps give your tooth strength and stability and is a process known as osseointegration.
There is normally an internal screw thread or post space that allows other components to be fitted.
After three months, once the implants have been integrated into the mouth, they can provide support for crowns, bridges and dentures in the future.
If you think you need a dental implant, call us now on 01217050994
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Gum disease is a very common condition where the gums become swollen, sore or infected.
Most adults in the UK have gum disease to some degree and most people experience it at least once. It’s much less common in children.
If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath. This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis.
If gingivitis isn’t treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop. This affects more tissues that support teeth and hold them in place.
If periodontitis isn’t treated, the bone in your jaw may be damaged and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth. Your teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out. What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria.
Some bacteria in plaque are harmless, but some are harmful for the health of your gums. If you don’t remove plaque from your teeth by brushing them, it builds up and irritates your gums. This can lead to redness with bleeding, swelling and soreness. Dental check-ups
It’s important to have regular dental check-ups so any problems with your teeth and gums can be detected and treated early.
If you’ve never had gum disease and have good oral health, you may only need to visit your dentist every one to two years for a check-up.
You may need to visit your dentist more frequently if you’ve had problems with gum disease in the past. At each appointment your dentist will advise when you need your next appointment.
If you have an increased risk of developing gum problems – for example, if you smoke or have diabetes – you may be advised to visit your dentist more often so your teeth and gums can be closely monitored.