Invisalign braces are an invisible and genuinely effective alternative orthodontic straightening method to old-fashioned fixed-metal braces. Made from one millimetre thick clear plastic, Invisalign retainers are almost impossible to see unless you are aware the patient is wearing them. For many patients who have always wanted straight teeth but been too afraid or concerned by the ugly wire and bracket metal braces, Invisalign is the straightening answer they have been searching for.
Introduced at the start of the new millennium by Align Technologies, the Invisalign system involves wearing a series of these clear plastic retainers (usually about 20 to 25 in total) for periods of two weeks each. Each retainer has been designed and manufactured using computer-guided technology to make small adjustments in the teeth gradually moving them in to the right position.
The obvious advantage of the Invisalign system is the level of discretion provided but also important to remember is that the retainers are completely removable. This means they can be taken out for big social occasions and crucially for eating. This greatly limits the impact of the braces on your lifestyle meaning for the first time there is a brace that fits around you and not the other way round.
The cost of Invisalign braces will vary depending on the nature of treatment required but will usually be competitive with most other forms of straightening treatments. This is just another reason why City of London dentists are seeing more and more patients opting for the Invisalign system.
Invisalign is a flexible and effective way of straightening teeth. The retainers will have the minimum impact on your life and the maximum impact on your smile.