10 facts About Invisalign


If you’re thinking that you would like to begin treatment to straighten crooked teeth but need a little bit more information about which treatment option is right for you then read on.

Invisalign is a tried and tested orthodontic system which now has 4 million cases to its name, it offers almost invisible orthodontics for a wide range of clinical situations. We’ve collated these 10 true facts to help you decide if Invisalign is right for you.

1.You must wear your braces.

One of the biggest reasons that Invisalign doesn’t work as intended is if you take the braces out continuously. You absolutely must wear the braces for at least 20 hours per day, only removing them to eat and clean them. The recommended daily wearing time is 22 hours and you should stick as close to this as you possibly can.

2. What will you do about drinking tea and coffee?

Tea, coffee and red wine can all stain the Invisalign braces. If you decide to drink these drinks then you will have to remove your braces and factor this in to the 20 hours each day that you must wear your braces. Also, you will need to brush your teeth before putting the braces backing, say you will have to remember to carry a toothbrush and toothpaste around with you all the time.

3. Do you carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with you at all times?

If you don’t, you will have to start if you have Invisalign braces. This will be particularly important if you decide that you want to continue with your morning coffee, afternoon tea or evening drink of red wine! Wherever you go, your toothbrush and toothpaste must go with you… Although, this is a good habit to get into any way!

4. Don’t clean your braces with toothpaste!

Toothpaste can often be a little bit too abrasive to use on Invisalign. The recommendation is that you clean your braces with a very mild detergent or so. Be particularly careful about toothpastes containing micro beads, these can lead to excessive wear on your braces which can mean they worked loose and don’t function as well as they should.

5. Be prepared for treatment to take longer than you might think.

The treatment time at estimated at the beginning is just that, an estimate. There are various factors which can influence this time that cannot be taken into account at the beginning. It’s worth mentioning again that in order to stick as close to the estimated timescale as possible you must wear your braces for at least 20 hours per day, ideally 22!

If you remove your braces and don’t wear them long enough treatment will almost certainly be longer than you expected.

6. Orthodontics is pain-free.

Whenever we move teeth there is often some slight discomfort, this is because in order to straighten your smile the teeth need to be physically moved. You will generally find that most discomfort is felt the day after you have a new aligner however this will subside after a couple of days.

7. Not everyone is suitable for Invisalign.

Invisalign is typically used for cosmetic treatments of the anterior (front) teeth. If your orthodontic problems involve back teeth or severe biting problems then you may find that Invisalign is not right for you. Many orthodontists can treat extreme biting problems far easier using conventional orthodontic systems. You will always be given all of your options prior to beginning any treatment.

8. Invisalign doesn’t involve metal.

InvisalignIf you don’t like having metal on your teeth then Invisalign is absolutely for you. Invisalign is made from a clear plastic material which blends in perfectly into your teeth. Other people will almost certainly not be able to spot that you are wearing orthodontic braces.

9. You get to see the projected result, BEFORE you start.

Invisalign comes with an amazing technique called a clean check. This is where our skilled orthodontic technicians digitise your teeth on their computer screen and then virtually move them to the new position. Prior to beginning treatment you can then see what are you will look like on a computer screen. This gives an amazing insight into the finished result prior to beginning!

10. It’s worth it, go for it!

Matthew’s Story

“I really admire the less invasive approach to teeth straightening, offered by Invisalign treatment and it was one of the reasons I opted for it. I can’t believe that something so thin has the capacity to move my teeth!”

It’s celebration time, 4 million people have now chosen Invisalign treatment to transform their smiles… Perhaps it’s time you joined them?


Dove Dental Care is a private dental practice in Derby offering a range of teeth straightening treatment including Invisalign. Request your new patient appointment here.

The Pros and Cons of Invisalign

One of the most rapidly growing areas of dentistry is that of invisible orthodontics. Invisalign has paved the way in this revolutionary style of orthodontic treatment, providing almost invisible clear aligners to help straighten crooked teeth and avoid the old fashion style metal braces.

This article takes a detailed look at the aligner, from the cost, the problems, the results and the process.

How does Invisalign work?

invisalign clear bracesAt the beginning of treatment the clear aligner may only be putting pressure on a single tooth, but as the treatment progresses and that tooth moves into position other teeth will then be touched and affected which means these will also have pressure pushing or tipping them into the correct place.

As you move through treatment you will replace each clear aligner with a new one, the process then begins again moving teeth gently and slowly towards their final place.

This action is limited to smaller amounts, if your teeth are extremely rotated you may find that Invisalign is not suitable for you, in which case another form of orthodontics may be best.

What results can be expected with Invisalign?

The important thing to remember is that we should be limiting our goals and expectations, we are not trying to achieve the perfect result using this type of almost invisible orthodontics. We’re not necessarily trying to fix your bite although the bite can be affected and often improved.

Using Invisalign we are primarily focusing on the front (anterior) six teeth and moving them to a more acceptable cosmetic position.

The process of having an aligner

The actual dental process is very simple.

  1. Your dentist will assess your teeth for suitability and have a discussion with you about the pros and cons of having Invisalign.
  2. Dental impressions will be taken and sent off to the laboratory.
  3. The Invisalign company will then computerise these models and create an image of what you can look like afterwards, this reconstruction is in the form of the video where you will be able to see your teeth moving.
  4. About two weeks later the clear braces will be sent back to the dentist ready for your appointment.
  5. You have your first dental aligner fitted and the dentist will give you instructions on how to look after it and wear it.
  6. You will replace each aligner approximately every two weeks with a new one.
  7. You will be given a few aligners at a time, returning to your dentist regularly to check on your tooth movement and make any adjustments.

Problems with Invisalign

There are generally very few problems with Invisalign. One problem people experience is not wearing Invisalign for long enough each day. The recommended daily amount is to wear your aligner for 20 hours per day, only taking it out whilst you eat and brush your teeth.

This means it takes some effort on your part to ensure that you do your thing to be part of the process and help things along. If you only wear your aligners for 11 hours per day you could end up doubling the amount of treatment time, which contradicts one of the main reasons for using this type of orthodontics in the first place.

Will I be able to eat with my clear aligners?

You will not be able to eat whilst wearing your orthodontic aligners. You need to remove the aligner whilst eating and for cleaning.

What will the results be like after wearing the aligners?

How much does Invisalign cost?

The Inman Aligner typically costs between £2,000 and £3,000

Would clear aligners work for me?

Invisalign is typically suitable for people with:

  • Crowded upper teeth
  • Crowded lower teeth
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

It is less suitable for people with biting problems and cannot be used to move back teeth. The aligner can also be used in what is known as pre-restorative alignment.

You may have a chipped or broken down tooth, typically we could use dental bonding or dental veneers to restore this tooth but if the body of the tooth is in the wrong place this can be compromised.

By using Invisalign to move the body of the tooth into the correct place it allows your dentist to restore them using veneers, bonding or crowns in a more conservative and natural way.

Does Invisalign hurt?

There should not normally be any pain when wearing this type of orthodontic brace. You may find that your teeth feel a little tender for the first week or so but as the pressure from the brace reduces you should become more accustomed to this pressure.

Here’s a great video which shows a patient having an Inman Aligner From Start To Finish…

What does Invisalign look like?

Invisalign is almost imperceptible whilst being worn. You will probably find that no one ever knows that you are wearing orthodontic braces.

comparing invisalign and metal bracesCompare these images of a patient wearing metal braces in the background, quite obvious, to the patient wearing Invisalign in the foreground, almost imperceptible.

Dove Dental Care a cosmetic dental practice in Derby offering Invisalign and Six Month Smiles to people wanting straighter teeth with no one else knowing.