Invisible Braces

The answer is clear?


These days more and more people are concerned about their teeth. Not just the health of the teeth and gums but the position, function and appearance of their valuable assets. Dan Marsh talks to Dr Crighton about one of the ways in which it is possible to improve what we already have.

So how can we improve the appearance of our teeth?

One of the best non-invasive ways of improving the appearance of our teeth is orthodontics. This is the process of moving teeth into a better position which can improve both the function and aesthetics of a persons smile.

What is involved in orthodontics?

These days there are many way in which orthodontics can be delivered. The traditional fixed ‘train track’braces or braces involving lots of wires and springs are becoming less common. Now there are more advanced, less visible ways of moving teeth. One of these is invisalign. Dental dimensions is one of the few practices in the south west offering this new treatment.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses a series of clear custom trays to gradually move the teeth. Impressions of the teeth are taken in the surgery and sent to California where they are scanned, a computer simulation of how the teeth could be moved is then generated. The patient can then see how their teeth will actually move during treatment. If the result is accepted a series of clear aligners are made in Costa Rica and shipped to the UK. The patient wears the aligners all the time and changes to the next set in the sequence every two weeks. There may need to be some adjustment to the teeth during the period of treatment but it is very simple and patients tolerate the trays extremely well.


invisalign before


invisalign after

Can anyone have Invisalign?

Not all tooth movement can be easily achieved with invisalign. Large movements and orthodontics involving significant skeletal discrepancies should not be attempted. Invisalign is great for treating relapsed orthodontics cases where people have had a brace previously and teeth have moved back. It’s also great for treating the crowded or crooked teeth that occur due to the natural process of aging. More and more people are considering this as an option, particularly later in life.

How long does the treatment take?

Active treatment commonly takes 6-9 months after which there is a period of retention where a tray is worn at night to maintain the new teeth position. It is widely accepted that retention after orthodontic movement needs to be much longer these days than previously thought.

What is the success rate and what are the potential problems?

All the cases we have treated at dental dimensions have been very successful and patients have been extremely happy with the end result. The main risks are associated with maintaining a very high level of oral hygiene, as with all orthodontic treatment. However, unlike a fixed brace invisalign braces can be completely removed to allow proper cleaning.

If you are interested in treatment please contact us on 01566773873 for more information of how we might help you.