What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and
achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using advanced 3D
computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete
treatment plan based on your Invisalign Provider’s prescription,
from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position.
Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth –
and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is
worn for 1-2 weeks before being replaced by the next in the series,
gradually moving towards the projected final position. Your Invisalign
treatment time will be determined by your Invisalign Provider, based
on your specific needs.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. No one may even notice
that you’re wearing these virtually invisible aligners, making Invisalign
a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions
Invisalign aligners are removable giving you the flexibility to eat
and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing
the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and
floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good
Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires.
This means that in most cases less time is spent in your Invisalign
Provider’s practice for adjustments.
And finally, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and
treatment plan before you even begin treatment so you can see how
your teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete.
Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
Dentists or orthodontists have, in the past, successfully used
removable appliances for years. But with the application of Align
Technology’s 3D computer technology and mass-customisation,
the Invisalign System can be used to treat a wide range of patients
who wants straighter teeth. The unique ClinCheck® software allows
patients to see their treatment plan from beginning to end even
before the start of treatment.
How old is the company?
Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign,
was founded in 1997.
How old is the technology?
In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kiesling envisioned that one day modern technology
would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce
the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic
treatment. Align Technology has made this vision a reality. Using
advanced computer technology, Align Technology produces
Invisalign, a series of customised clear aligners. Each aligner is worn
sequentially by the patient to produce gradual tooth movements in
both upper and lower arches.
How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?
More than 8 million patients worldwide have been treated with
Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily.
Where is Invisalign available?
Invisalign is sold in over 45 countries using a direct sales model in
the US, Canada, Europe, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Latin America
and the Middle East, and supported by distributors in smaller
emerging growth countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
and Latin America.
How much does Invisalign cost?
As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign
is dependent on the complexity of your issue and your course of
treatment. As a general rule the cost is comparable to traditional
fixed braces. And, although only an Invisalign Provider is able to fully
determine your cost, prices for Invisalign treatment are generally
between £2,500 – £4,500. However, if only minor tooth movement
is required, prices could start from £1,500.
How do I get started with Invisalign?
Make an appointment us for an initial consultation.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign aligners move teeth with an appropriate placement of
controlled movement on the teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign
not only controls the amount of movement per aligner, but also
the timing of the movement. So at each stage, only certain teeth
are allowed to move, as per the Invisalign treatment plan for that
particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system
that moves teeth into the desired prescribed position.
What are aligners made of and what do they look like?
The virtually invisible aligners are made of strong medical grade
thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for the Invisalign System.
The aligners are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth.
Can I go to any dental practitioner for treatment with
While Invisalign can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy,
special training is needed. All orthodontists and dentists interested
in treating patients with Invisalign must attend training to become
qualified and proficient in the various requirements for treating
patients before treatments will be accepted from their office.
More than 82,000 dentists and orthodontists worldwide are already
trained to treat patients using Invisalign. Find an Invisalign Provider
What is the minimum age of a patient that a doctor can
treat with Invisalign?
With experience, an Invisalign Provider can use Invisalign to treat
malocclusion for a majority of adults and adolescents who want a
better smile. For teenagers, talk to your Invisalign Provider to see
if Invisalign Teen may be the right treatment option for your child.
How often must I see my Invisalign Provider once I have
Appointment intervals are generally the same as with traditional
braces but can be much quicker with less time spent in the dentists’
or orthodontists’ chair during appointments as no adjustments need
to be made to wires/brackets. Patients typically visit their Invisalign
Provider every 4 to 6 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing
as planned, and to receive their next few sets of Invisalign aligners,
but your Invisalign Provider will decide based on your treatment.
How long does the Invisalign treatment take?
The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the
treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces.
Typically treatment can last between 3 and 18 months. During your
consultation, your Invisalign Provider can provide you with more
Is the Invisalign treatment painful?
Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few
days, at the beginning of each new stage of treatment when they
insert a new aligner. This is normal and is typically described as a
feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the aligners are working – moving
your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final results.
This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.
Does the procedure work on overbites?
An Invisalign Provider can use Invisalign to treat overbites in the vast
majority of adults and adolescents. Consult an Invisalign Provider
to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you.
Are there certain dental conditions that automatically
exclude someone from being an eligible patient?
Only your Invisalign Provider can determine if you are a good
candidate for Invisalign treatment.
Are bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment?
Because bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they offer
significant resistance to tooth movement. Your Invisalign Provider
will be able to determine whether bridges will be a factor in your
Are crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?
Crowns (tooth caps) are usually not a factor in Invisalign treatment.
However, sometimes small tooth-coloured composites called
“attachments” are bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain
movements and are more difficult to bond on crowns than teeth.
In these cases, the location of crowns must be carefully evaluated.
An Invisalign Provider can provide further advice.
Can Invisalign close gaps?
Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign.
Consult an Invisalign Provider to determine whether Invisalign is
suitable for you.
Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?
To find out if your TMJ problem will adversely impact treatment,
consult an Invisalign Provider.
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. People with a TMJ
condition can have a number of problems with the jaw joint, some of
which can be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign,
and some which can improve, remain the same or even cause the
condition to deteriorate.