Seven simple steps to your Invisalign® smile…..
At Newbury Orthodontic Centre, we are using a host of advanced digital technologies for all our Invisalign® aligner treatments. The Invisalign treatment pathway uses revolutionary Apps, 3D digital scanning technology and AI enhanced software to maximize your experience to give you the best treatment results.
During your in-person assessment, the Specialist Orthodontist will examine your teeth and bite and discuss your orthodontic options to see if Invisalign® treatment is suitable for your tooth straightening needs.
If you are deemed suitable for Invisalign® aligner treatment and are keen to proceed, the next step is to obtain a fully digitized 3D scan of your teeth and bite using our state-of-the-art 5D iTero® digital scanner. It is much more accurate, quicker and a more pleasant experience than those traditional messy dental impressions!
Once your digital scan is received back from Invisalign®, the Specialist Orthodontist will perform a ClinCheck® which uses 3D animation software to virtually plan how your teeth and smile will look after treatment. This is an innovative way to see your own smile ‘Before and After’ treatment. Once the planning is complete, the ClinCheck® simulation is approved for your aligners to be made!
Next, you will need to attend to have your aligners fitted! As part of the aligner fitting appointment, very small translucent ‘attachments’ will needed to be placed on some of the teeth and are made from a tooth-filling material. The attachments are barely visible and are an important component of aligner treatment as they help to improve the speed, efficiency and predictability of tooth movement.
You will receive an aligner for every planned tooth movement made during treatment and will need to change the aligners every 7-10 days. Aligners must be removed for eating, brushing/flossing and contact sport but otherwise need to be worn at all times. If worn as prescribed, normally 22 hours per day, you will get the results you are looking for!
At the start of your Invisalign journey, our Specialists are able to offer you virtual monitoring of your treatment using the latest AI-enhanced software. Dental Monitoring is a revolutionary way to monitor treatment virtually and this improvement to the patient experience not only helps to dramatically reduce the number of face-to-face appointments, but is also a more accurate way of monitoring treatment progress to ensure everything stays on track!
Once you have completed your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® aligners and have created that beautiful new smile, it’s very important to ensure that the teeth don’t move following treatment. This is achieved by wearing custom-made Retainers which help to ensure that your teeth stay straight and your smile, beautiful, for years to come!
Invisalign® aligners can be used to successfully treat both adults and teenagers! Typically, Invisalign treatment starts when all the adult teeth have erupted and for the majority of teen patients, this is between the ages of 12-14. An innovative new addition to the Invisalign range is Invisalign First treatment which is aimed at pre-teenage children normally under 10 years of age. Your Specialist Orthodontist will able to determine the best age to start your Invisalign treatment based on your specific needs.
Invisalign® aligners are custom made to fit your teeth and because of this, they are normally very comfortable to wear. The aligners work by gently applying a constant pressure to the teeth which gradually moves the teeth. Some people do feel minor temporary discomfort for the first few days when starting a new set of aligners but the discomfort is easily manageable with pain relief. Typically, people describe the discomfort as ‘pressure’ on the teeth and it is normal- it is a sign that the aligners are working to transform your smile!
For the best results, your Specialist Orthodontist will recommend wearing your aligners between 20-22 hours a day, taking them out only for eating, drinking (except plain water), brushing and flossing. You can also take them out for special occasions such as a wedding or job interview but remember that the more the aligners are worn, the better the results will be!
Invisalign® treatment can be a great treatment choice for both adults and teens looking for a virtually invisible way to straighten their teeth and improve their smile. With the advancement in aligner technology, it is now possible to treat the majority of simple and more complex tooth-straightening and bite issues with Invisalign aligners. Your Specialist Orthodontist will be able to recommend to you the best possible treatment option.
The length of your treatment depends on multiple factors such as how complex your case is and how often you change your aligners. Your Specialist Orthodontist will be able to determine how long your treatment will take based on your specific treatment needs. On average, Invisalign aligner treatment takes between 12-18 months although you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks. More simple cases can often be treated in as little as 6 months!
Once your Invisalign® treatment starts, we will virtually monitor your treatment progress with the revolutionary Dental Monitoring App. Weekly scans of your teeth are taken and sent to your Specialist Orthodontist and with the help of AI technology, your treatment progress is closely monitored to ensure it stays on track! Virtual care also drastically reduces the number of appointment visits to the surgery, perfect for those people with busy lives!