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Teeth straightening with Invisalign

Teeth straightening with Invisalign

Invisalign is an innovative teeth straightening system that uses custom-made aligners to gradually move teeth into the desired position. The aligners are usually made of clear, medical-grade plastic that is virtually invisible, making them a great alternative to metal braces. The major upside is that it is comfortable to wear and requires fewer dental visits than its traditional counterpart.

Have you been wondering if you could get your teeth straightened with Invisalign St Albans? Maybe you’re unsure if this amazing system will work for you? Well go no further, here’s a comprehensive guide on what Invisalign is and whether it could work for you.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a form of orthodontics that’s really taken off to new heights in the last ten years or so. You’ve very likely seen multiple influencers flashing their Invisalign smiles online or even well-known celebrities on the television! These amazing braces are made as clear plastic trays which fit snugly over the teeth, allowing for them to be pretty much invisible to everyone else.

The aligners come in sets and every two weeks or so you’ll move on to a new aligner. Each aligner is designed to make a specific movement within your teeth, which means the levels of detail and results are extremely high.

What can Invisalign help with?

Invisalign can help with a whole host of orthodontic problems including: over/under/crossbites, overcrowding, overlaps and gaps. Now that Invisalign has the added accessory feature dentists are able to combat more complex orthodontic cases using Invisalign.

What are the key benefits?

The outstanding benefit of Invisalign is that the aligners are basically invisible. As the trays are clear plastic when you’re wearing them your natural teeth are visible and so give the impression you aren’t actually wearing braces!

The aligners are also totally removable during the treatment process which sets these braces apart from the rest. Being able to remove your braces is great because it gives you full access to your teeth and gums, ensuring there’s no reason for your dental hygiene routine to slip. Then there’s of course the benefit that you don’t need to edit your diet when you’re going through your brace treatment and finally the big one… you can take them out for any important event such as weddings, interviews or dates as long as you wear them for the required time each day.

How long do they take to work?

As with all dental and orthodontic work, time will very much depend on the individual. If you have a complex condition to address it’s naturally going to take longer than someone with a simpler one. However, some people are naturally more receptive to their teeth being moved so it might be that you fly through your stages.

Generally speaking, simpler cases can take up to six months and more complex cases can require around two years or even more. However, only after meeting with a dentist, probably one like Dr Peter Brawn, you can get a better idea of the timeline for your specific case. Even though it may take a bit longer, the benefits of Invisalign make it worth the time because they can accommodate any lifestyle.


There is some aftercare involved in that you’ll be wearing a retainer after your treatment period, the time and style will vary patient to patient. It’s important to note that retainers are standard across all types of orthodontic aftercare and aren’t specific to Invisalign.