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Why fix your smile?

Adults are now more conscious of having straight and aligned teeth due to social media influence and from watching their favourite celebrities, bloggers and social media influencers on online platforms. As a result, the number of adults getting braces to straighten their teeth has increased over the years. Often adults feel self-conscious, uncomfortable and lack the confidence to get metal braces but orthodontics has become revolutionised over the years and patients can now get invisible braces and can opt for Invisalign in Wimbledon.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is essentially clear, invisible retainers designed to align crooked teeth to give patients the smile they have always wanted and confidence in themselves. Invisalign in Wimbledon consists of non-permanent trays that can be removed and inserted into the mouth at leisure.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works by aligning the teeth into a straight and more natural position through the pressure placed on the teeth to move them into position. The best part of Invisalign is that the trays are virtually invisible and therefore a much more discrete way of straightening teeth than metal braces that are attached to the surface of the teeth and are visible to others when talking, eating and opening the mouth. Also, Invisalign in Wimbledon can be taken out when eating and drinking anything but water and also for those all-important work meetings and appointments so that patients will not suffer any speech impediments or any such issues that may hinder their performance.

The Procedure

Before patients can have Invisalign they will need to undergo a thorough consultation with their local dentist to determine whether Invisalign is the best option for them. This will be done at the initial appointment and the dentist will go through the process and discuss a suitable treatment plan that suits the patient’s individual needs and requirements. At the appointment, the dentist will also perform an X-ray of the mouth and jawline and take impressions of the teeth. The impressions will then get sent off to the laboratory so that the trays can be created. These are custom-made to fit the patient and therefore it is essential that the trays are not shared with anyone else as this will damage them.

The number of trays that will be made will depend on the length of the treatment plan. Usually, treatment plans last between 6 and 18 months and the dentist will ensure that there are enough trays to cover the treatment period. Once the trays arrive the dentist will invite the patient back to the surgery for a fitting to ensure that the trays fit comfortably. Initially, the trays will feel tight and be a snug fit and this is nothing to be concerned about as it means that they will be doing their job and start aligning the teeth.


Patients can expect to start seeing results within 6 weeks of wearing their Invisalign trays. However, patients must ensure that they adhere to the strict guidelines and advice given by their dentist to make sure that the treatment goes according to plan.