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.
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.
FAQs About Invisalign
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.
Invisalign allows you to view your 3D virtual simulation of your new smile plan before you start, so you can see how your straightened teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is easier with Invisalign because you remove the aligners to brush and floss, this means you can reach more of your teeth and gums this way compared to wire and bracket braces.
From your 3D virtual treatment plan (a digital simulation of how your teeth could move - called a ClinCheck), your Invisalign aligners are 3D printed and are bespoke to fit your teeth. There are a series of aligners to wear which gently apply pressure to gradually move teeth to straighten your teeth.
Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation with an invisalign doctor, Dr James McParlane. James will evaluate your smile and then map out a precise, customised digital treatment plan that showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile. Once you approve your plan, your unique aligners will be created. You will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as directed by your invisalign doctor. Each set of aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into place, according to your treatment plan, until you reach your beautiful new smile.
Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean and remove stains from, giving you healthier gums and a brighter smile. If you need further treatment as part of a smile make over (composite bonding to fix chipped edges or veneers to change the shape of your tooth), your teeth can be moved into a better position to make the next stage in your treatment as minimally invasive as possible – usually meaning less drilling.
With our 0% interest finance option, the cost of any treatment over £350, including Invisalign can be spread out. Invisalign starts at £2000, meaning that the monthly fee could start from as little as £185/month with no deposit (after the initial £150 fee for your impressions and Invisalign clincheck to create your 3D treatment plan). To find out how much straightening your teeth could cost we offer a free, no obligation Smile Assessment with Dr James McParlane. In most cases, Invisalign treatment is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. Every patient and their smile is unique, that is why at your Smile Assessment we build your new smile together after discussing your goals.
At this appointment we start with a conversation and then photograph your teeth, following this we discuss the photos taken of your smile to find out what you don’t like and what you want to change. From here we will discuss how to build your new smile, what can be achieved and an approximate cost.
No, Invisalign can be, but not always, slower than traditional train track braces. Dr. James will want to review how your teeth are moving, usually with a review appointment about once every four weeks. At these visits the movement of your teeth and fit of aligners is assessed to make sure you are on track to your new smile!
On average Invisalign treatment takes around 6 months. Invisalign can take anywhere between 2 months and 12 months before treatment is complete.
Invisalign is more likely to be less painful than traditional braces as there is no rubbing of wires and brackets against the cheeks or gums. Initially, you will feel pressure and the ‘attachments’ can cause some discomfort and ulceration. Any type of brace/tooth movement will cause some discomfort when pressure is applied to a tooth. However, you soon get used to this and the pressure you feel when the teeth are moving is somewhat addictive. Patients tend to enjoy the feeling of the teeth moving!
These are little ‘buttons’ of white filling material bonded to your tooth for treatment and then removed after treatment is complete. These may be needed in different shapes and sizes on different teeth to apply gentle pressure to move the tooth in a specific direction. Not all teeth may need them, it depends on what movements are needed and that is why every treatment plan is unique.