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» What is Invisalign?

Invisalign® is an invisible way to straighten teeth without the need for metal braces, utilising instead, a series of clear, plastic “aligners” which slowly move teeth over time. So, if you are searching for an esthetic and comfortable way to straighten your teeth and improve your smile, then we are an ideal choice for you to have Invisalign in Salisbury.

» How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works to correct your teeth through a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable plastic aligners.

After treatment planning and identifying treatment goals the radiographs, photographs and dental impressions of the patient’s teeth are sent to the The Invisalign® laboratories with a prescription for treatment. The dental impressions are then scanned into a computer to make 3-D models of teeth and gums. An advanced computer software is then used by the technician to move the digital images of teeth according to the prescription from the dentist. The software then simulates this movement in stages, moving different teeth, slowly and at different times until the final result is achieved. The dentist can then check this simulation and make any changes to make sure that they are happy with the proposed correction before the personalized set of aligners are made.

The Invisalign® laboratories then use a laser scanning technology, whereby a laser beam follows the pattern of digital information from the computer and solidifies liquid resin layer by layer, to produce the plastic aligners which represent each tooth movement generated by the computer software.

The aligners are worn sequentially and each aligner moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved and teeth are straightened and smile improved.

» What are the advantages of Invisalign?

The most obvious advantage of this treatment is cosmetic as the plastic aligners are completely transparent and fit snugly on the teeth making them almost undetectable. This makes the treatment particularly popular among adults who want to straighten their teeth and improve their smiles without the look of traditional metal braces, which are commonly worn by children and adolescents.

Another advantage of the system is that the aligners are removable so that one can eat, brush and floss the teeth with ease which allows maintenance of better oral hygiene than traditional braces.

A third advantage is that the aligners are more comfortable to wear because they lack of metal components associated with the traditional brace systems.

» What are the treatment time and costs of Invisalign in Salisbury?

Though majority of treatments with Invisalign take from 6 months to 2 years to complete, some more complex treatments may take longer and involve more expense than traditional braces because of the need to fabricate a larger number of plastic aligners. The cost of Invisalign in Salisbury may range from £1500 to £3000 depending upon the complexity of the treatment.