Invisalign Dentist in Carlisle

Invisalign uses almost invisible braces (aligners) to straighten your teeth. Aligners are made using the latest digital treatment planning and 3D printing technology.

You’ll get a series of bespoke plastic aligners to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your Invisalign dentist. Aligners are unique to your personal treatment plan and custom-created for you. Each aligner in the series works individually, making careful adjustments to tooth position.

With aligners in place, gentle pressure on teeth causes a gradual shift from current position. After approximately two weeks, you’ll begin using the next set of aligners to continue the teeth straightening process.

Invisalign Braces, Carlisle

Dr James McParlane provides Invisalign dental treatment here at Plumfield Dental Practice. If you're interested in Invisalign and want a free consultation with an accredited Invisalign dentist in Carlisle, please call 01228 521701. To see latest treatments or ask a direct question, view Dr. James’ Instagram page.

What are the key differences between Invisalign and braces?

Invisalign consists of a series of removable clear plastic trays that you can take in and out of the mouth, whereas braces consist of brackets and wires attached to the teeth, which cannot be removed for the duration of treatment.

The fact that you can remove the Invisalign aligners (required for when you eat and drink) means that, unlike traditional braces, you do not need to restrict your consumption of any of your favourite foods, which could cause traditional braces to break. You should brush your teeth after each meal to remove any food and plaque that may be present before re-inserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and prevent tooth decay.

The aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours per day to be most effective and removed only for eating, drinking anything that isn’t water, brushing and flossing. If they are not worn, the teeth will not move. They are amazing, but they don’t perform miracles by just sitting in the box!

Braces with brackets and wires are capable of more complex movements and are the superior treatment option for more complex cases that need large/difficult movements of teeth.

Invisalign Dentist in Carlisle

FAQs About Invisalign

Is Invisalign completely invisible?

Although the name may suggest that they are, they are not completely invisible, but are a nearly invisible clear plastic. They’re not grey metal and are much less noticeable compared to traditional braces. Invisalign is very subtle, so nobody may even notice you’re wearing the aligners. Usually your friends or colleagues will notice your new smile before they notice the aligners on your teeth.