If you have crooked teeth, gaps or an uneven smile, you might be thinking about steps you can take to improve your appearance. Straightening your teeth using braces is no longer an option only available to teenagers, many adults are now gaining the confidence to take control of their smiles.
Braces have come a long way since the days of fixed metal brackets and wires. Invisible and removable aligners such as Invisalign offer an excellent route forward for those who want flexibility in their treatment plan.
Removable braces are just as effective as fixed alternatives and can treat a wide range of alignment problems. You simply wear the aligners for 20-22 hours per day, removing them only to brush your teeth, eat and drink.
Every few weeks, as instructed by your dentist, you will switch to the next aligner in the series. As you make these adjustments at home, there will be far fewer trips to the dentist, making it an ideal choice for busy professionals with limited free time.
If you’re curious about your options for teeth straightening and Invisalign in Rayleigh, read on to learn more about this innovative treatment.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth. Invisalign treatments are made to help people with mild to moderate alignment problems. They work by repositioning the teeth gradually over time, without the need for metal brackets and wires.
Invisalign is a less invasive procedure that's been proven to be effective in treating many different types of tooth misalignment. Since the aligners are removable, you will always have the option to take them out to brush your teeth. You can also continue eating all of your favourite foods, as you will remove the aligners before every meal.
In short, Invisalign is an excellent choice for those who want flexibility and discretion from their orthodontic treatment. Throughout the world, Invisalign has helped over 11 million people to transform their smiles. It is an increasingly popular choice with both adults and teens looking to create their perfect smiles.
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The demand for Invisalign in Rayleigh
The demand for Invisalign treatment is significantly increasing as more and more people learn about the benefits and options. Increased awareness of the option to spread the cost of your treatment is also driving significant demand. And finally, increasing NHS waiting times for orthodontic treatment is also leading to a spike in interest for private teeth straightening treatments.
At Benfleet Dental Centre, we are able to offer Rayleigh residents teeth straightening solutions for adults and teens. There is no real difference between the treatment programmes because every Invisalign treatment journey is unique.
Teen Invisalign will typically take between 12-18 months while traditional fixed braces could take around 18-24 months. For adults, treatment times will depend on the severity of the problem and which arches the patient would like to address.
Invisalign may be used on one arch or both arches. There are also express treatment options available if you are concerned only with the aesthetics of your smile. This means that your dentist can focus on the top front teeth that are visible when you smile, rather than your whole mouth.
Some patients will also combine teeth straightening with other cosmetic treatments such as composite bonding and teeth whitening. This will help to deliver a dramatic transformation that is sure to turn heads. If you are an unsuitable candidate for Invisalign for any reason, there are other teeth straightening options available. This could include veneers, composite veneers or other orthodontic systems.
Benefits of Invisalign treatment
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that has been used with great success by dentists. Since Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and also removable, this offers a much more flexible treatment plan.
Invisalign was introduced in the 90s as an alternative to metal braces. The aligners are made out of nearly invisible plastic and could be removed for cleaning, eating, brushing, and flossing. The aligners are customised according to the patient's needs. These are just some of the benefits of wearing Invisalign aligners:
The aligners are made of clear plastic, so they are less obvious than traditional fixed braces. Since the aligners fit flush with your teeth and there are no wires or brackets, it’s also much easier to get used to wearing them.
The aligners can be removed when brushing, eating and drinking. This means that no food choices are off-limits. It is also far easier to brush and floss your teeth when you can simply remove your aligners.
Changing your aligners at home means that you don’t have to visit the dentist for every adjustment. This can be helpful for individuals with limited free time.
The option to spread the cost of treatment makes Invisalign more affordable, ensuring that everyone has access to high-quality dental care.
The aligners are laser-cut to fit your gum line perfectly. This means that there is less risk of irritation to your mouth, tongue and gums which is a common complaint with traditional fixed braces.
Unlike traditional fixed braces, you can remove Invisalign if it becomes uncomfortable. Occasionally, the teeth aren’t ready to move to the next aligner in the series. When this happens, your dentist can advise you whether to continue with the new aligner or switch back to the previous aligner in the series.
Since Invisalign is only offered privately, there is no NHS waiting list or strict requirements for treatment. For teens that miss the age cutoff, or those that don’t meet the requirements, this could offer an excellent alternative.
Cost of Invisalign treatment
Invisalign treatment prices will depend on a number of factors. In general, you are paying for the initial consultation, the Invisalign aligner trays, and the supervision by your dentist. So, longer treatment plans that are more complex will cost more than simple treatment plans.
You will start with an initial consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for braces. This should include a dental X-ray and digital scans of your teeth. From here, you should be able to see a digital rendering of how your smile could look following treatment. The digital scans are used to create your bespoke aligners.
Once you have received your set of aligners, your dentist will create a schedule for you to move through the series. They will also confirm when you need to attend a checkup.
The cost of Invisalign in Rayleigh starts at around £4,800 for a full case. This will include upper and lower arches. Treatment may be lower if you only want to focus on aligning your upper arch. Before you start treatment, you will be given a comprehensive breakdown of the costs and your payment options so you can make a decision about whether to move forward.
Why Rayleigh residents choose us
Benfleet Dental Centre is just a 10-minute drive from Rayleigh, which makes us a popular choice with Rayleigh residents. If you’re looking for a professional and courteous team to handle your teeth straightening treatment, look no further.
We have helped thousands of patients to achieve their dream smile using orthodontics, teeth whitening and veneers. We’re skilled in all areas of cosmetic dentistry, so you can be confident you have an accomplished team on your side. We’ll work with you to address your main concerns and ensure you’re informed and confident at every stage in the treatment journey.
We’re an Invisalign Platinum Elite Provider, which means we are a well-established provider of Invisalign in Rayleigh, Benfleet and Basildon. If you aren’t a resident in Benfleet, it’s not uncommon for patients to travel from surrounding towns such as Rayleigh to seek treatment with our team.
About Rayleigh, Essex
Rayleigh is a thriving town located between Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea. It is around 32 miles east of Central London and there are strong commuter links to the capital. Regular trains run between Rayleigh and London Victoria, making it an ideal location for commuters and day-trippers. Rayleigh has a population of over 30,000.
Rayleigh offers a thriving shopping centre with a quaint and traditional feel. The history of the town can still be seen in iconic locations such as the Rayleigh Windmill, which is a very popular wedding venue with residents from all over Essex and the surrounding areas.
Other famous landmarks include the Holy Trinity Church and The Dutch Cottage, which is considered to be one of the most unusual ‘council houses’ in Britain. There are also numerous picturesque parks and woodland areas which provide habitats for a wide range of wildlife, in addition to leisure opportunities for residents.
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