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Invisalign Treatment at the Oxford Orthodontic Centre

Do you often imagine what it would be like to look in the mirror and see the smile you’ve always dreamed of looking right back at you?

Well, let us turn your imagination into reality, because at the Oxford Orthodontic Centre our team of specialist orthodontists can transform your smile without anyone knowing you’re having treatment.

We do it with Invisalign!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is one of the most discreet teeth straightening treatments around and we offer it right here at the Oxford Orthodontic Centre. Using a series of clear plastic aligners, Invisalign works by moving your teeth gradually into a straighter position. Best of all, no one will notice you’re having treatment because the clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible.

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Made to move all sorts of smiles

Open Bite

Open bite often occurs when some teeth are unable to make physical contact with the opposing teeth for a proper bite.

Deep Bite / Overbite

Deep bite or overbite occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth.

Gapped Teeth

Gaps between teeth can occur with abnormal continued growth of the jawbone. Missing teeth can also cause the surrounding teeth to shift due to extra space, creating gaps in your teeth.

Overly Crowded

When you don't have enough room in your jaw for your teeth to fit normally, the teeth can bunch up, overlap and twist, sometimes getting pushed to the front or the back.

Underbite

Underbite can occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth.

Crossbite

Crossbite can occur when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned.

How does it work?

Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners are custom-made to the shape of your teeth and sit over your teeth like thin sports mouthguards. Every two weeks you’ll need to change your aligner as your teeth start moving into their desired position. The aligners are removable, so you can take them out for eating, brushing and flossing, keeping up your oral hygiene routine for the health of your teeth.

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Types of Invisalign

At the Oxford Orthodontic Centre, we’ll work with you to help you get the very best out of your Invisalign treatment. That includes fitting you with the right type of Invisalign aligner.

Invisalign Full

This is the full Invisalign treatment which can be used to fix both major and minor orthodontic problems. Where braces could be fitted, so too can Invisalign aligners.

Invisalign Teen

This version of Invisalign has been developed just for teen patients. They can be removed when playing sport or musical instruments, or for important occasions such as first dates!

Invisalign Lite

For minor orthodontic problems affecting the front six teeth, we offer Invisalign Lite. This is a great treatment option if your problem can be corrected quickly.

Invisalign i7

If all you need is a slight correction to a crooked tooth then we can do it with Invisalign i7 and you’ll be looking at a beautiful new smile in as little as three months!

Your Invisalign journey

Step 1

Initial Consultation

To start your journey to a new straighter, brighter smile, simply book your FREE Invisalign Smile Assessment.

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Step 2

Smile Visualisation

On the day of your appointment, we will create your FREE Smile Visualisation using our state-of-the-art Itero 3D imaging scanner. This procedure is completely non-invasive, pain-free and takes just a few minutes.

You will be able to see the results of your scan within just a few minutes.  This will show you how your new smile could look and you will then be given access to these scans to help you consider if you would like to go ahead with treatment.

We will then explain how Invisalign treatment works and give you a guide to timescales and costs.

Step 3

Start your treatment

On the date you start treatment, one of our dentists will carry out a thorough clinical examination to re-check your suitability for treatment and if necessary, recommend any pre-treatment work (for example, we may recommend that you visit the Hygienist for a thorough clean of your mouth before starting your teeth straightening).

We will also take photographs of your teeth and smile. Together with your detailed 3D scan, these will help our Invisalign technicians to create your aligners.

Your dentist will now submit your details and your custom Invisalign clear aligners will be scheduled for manufacture. They will then be shipped to the dental Practice and an appointment will be arranged for you to collect them and begin the treatment process.

Step 4

Invisalign Aligner collection and fitting

Once your Invisalign clear aligners have been delivered to the Practice, we will get back in touch to arrange an appointment to fit your aligners and explain what you need to know as your teeth straightening begins.

You will be provided with a series of Invisalign clear aligners to fit approximately every week. You will be able to do this at home but we will arrange regular appointments during the course of treatment to check all is progressing as planned.

Invisalign Aligner FAQs

What is the Invisalign system?

Invisalign clear aligners are a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, we can plan your complete Invisalign treatment based on your dentist’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position.

Then a series of Invisalign clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, gradually moving towards the projected final position. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your dentist, based on your specific needs.

What are the benefits of the Invisalign system?

Invisalign clear aligners are nearly invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible aligners, making Invisalign treatment a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.

Invisalign clear aligners are removable giving you the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene.

Unlike traditional fixed dental braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. This means that in most cases, less time is spent at the dentist for adjustments.

Advanced 3D computer-imaging technology allows you to view your virtual results (ask about our FREE Smile Visualisation) and receive a detailed treatment plan so you can see how your teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete.

Is this a new way to straighten teeth?

Dentists and orthodontists have successfully used removable appliances for years. However, with the application of Align Technology’s 3D computer technology and aligner customisation, Invisalign clear aligners can be used to treat a wide range of patients who want straighter teeth. The unique ClinCheck® software allows patients to see their treatment plan from beginning to end even before the start of treatment.

How many patients are being treated with Invisalign clear aligners?

More than 6 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign clear aligners but the number of Invisalign patients (and new smiles) grows daily!

How much does Invisalign treatment cost?

As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign clear aligners is dependent upon the complexity of your teeth straightening and your course of treatment. As a general rule, the cost is comparable to traditional fixed braces.

In simple terms, the more complex your teeth straightening, the more Invisalign aligners are needed to achieve your best smile. Conversely, the less complex the straightening, the less Invisalign aligners are needed. Consequently, based on the number of Invisalign aligners your dentist prescribes as needed, the price goes up or down accordingly.

How does the Invisalign clear aligner system work?

Invisalign clear aligners move teeth with an appropriate placement of controlled movement on the teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign treatment not only controls the amount of movement per aligner, but also the timing of the movement. So at each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, as per the treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system that moves teeth into the desired prescribed position.

What are Invisalign aligners made of and what do they look like?

The virtually invisible Invisalign clear aligners are made of strong medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed specifically for the Invisalign treatment system. The aligners are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth.

What is the minimum age of a patient that can be treated with Invisalign aligners?

With experience, an Invisalign dentist or orthodontist can use Invisalign clear aligners to treat malocclusion for a majority of adults and adolescents who want a better smile. For teenagers, talk to your Invisalign Provider to see if Invisalign Teen may be the right treatment option for your child.

What are Invisalign aligners made of and what do they look like?

The virtually invisible Invisalign clear aligners are made of strong medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed specifically for the Invisalign treatment system. The aligners are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth.

How often must I see my dentist once I have started Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign appointment intervals are generally the same as with traditional braces but can be much quicker with less time spent in the dentists’ or orthodontists’ chair during appointments as no adjustments need to be made to wires/brackets. Patients typically visit their Invisalign dentist every 4 to 6 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned and to receive their next few sets of Invisalign aligners.  Your Invisalign dentist or orthodontist will decide based on your treatment.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces. Typically treatment can last between 3 and 18 months. During your consultation, your Invisalign dentist or orthodontist can provide you with more detailed information.

Is the Invisalign treatment painful?

Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days, at the beginning of each new stage of treatment when they insert a new Invisalign aligner. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the aligners are working – moving your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final results. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.

Does the Invisalign system work on overbites?

An Invisalign dentist or orthodontist can use Invisalign clear aligners to treat overbites in the vast majority of adults and adolescents. Consult your Invisalign dentist or orthodontist to determine whether Invisalign treatment is suitable for you. Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude someone from being an eligible patient? Only your Invisalign dentist or orthodontist can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.

Can Invisalign treatment close gaps?

Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign clear aligners. Your Invisalign dentist can determine whether Invisalign treatment is suitable for your teeth straightening and if this will close any gaps.  Your Invisalign Smile Visualisation will enable you to see how your new smile will look after treatment.

Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. People with a TMJ condition can have a number of problems with the jaw joint, some of which can be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign clear aligners, and some which can improve, remain the same or even cause the condition to deteriorate. To find out if your TMJ problem will adversely impact treatment, please book an appointment to consult your Invisalign dentist.